Wednesday, May 13, 2009

B16 in The Holy Lands - Defying Expectations

The Catholic Thing has a good post on B16's visit to the Holy Lands.

Though the MSM coverage is trying to set the bar of success for the pontiff B16 is showing that he's success is measured by a higher source, one not man judged.

Pope Must Defy Expectations - Again

The pope is in the Middle East. Wars, oil wealth and corruption, tyranny, terrorism. What good can come out of that troubled part of the world? Especially when every move he makes and word he utters is being subjected to sharp and often less than well intentioned scrutiny? And by people seeking to use the visit to their own advantage?

Many Muslims and Jews, not to mention secular denizens of the region, are skeptical of this pope, as are even many Middle Eastern Christians. The New York Times reports that the Latin patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fouad Twal, told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, “The thing that worries me most is the speech that the pope will deliver here. One word for the Muslims and I’m in trouble; one word for the Jews and I’m in trouble. At the end of the visit the pope goes back to Rome and I stay here with the consequences.”

So the pope has his work cut out. What can he expect to achieve?

Prayers for the Pope

Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be

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