Jerusalem; Benedict XVI became the first pope in history to enter the iconic Dome of the Rock mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City, amid heavy security on Tuesday morning.
Before the pope arrived Palestinian politicians and clerics held a meeting with cardinals who accompanied Benedict on his tour of the Holy Land in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which includes the Dome of the Rock.
The pope was then welcomed at the entrance of the mosque by the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Mohammed Hussein, according to AFP.
In his address to the Mufti, Benedict spoke about the unity of the three monotheistic religions, beginning with the Arabic greeting "Asalamu Alaikum!" (Peace be upon you!).
“Undivided love for the One God and charity towards ones neighbor thus become the fulcrum around which all else turns. This is why we work untiringly to safeguard human hearts from hatred, anger or vengeance,” said the pope, according to the text of his prepared remarks.
The Pope will visit the Church of the Dormition where Jesus is believed to have shared the last supper with his disciplines. Then he will have lunch in the Latin Patriarchate Cathedral with members of the Catholic Churches Council in the Holy Land. source
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