- Sep 28, 2020
Pope Francis arrived in the United Arab Emirates Sunday, opening the first-ever papal outing to the Arabian Peninsula with a trip hailed as a unique opportunity to offer a sign of fraternity and tolerance.
If Pope Francis does indeed go to Egypt to visit Al-Azhar, he may need to make sure that any detente with the Sunni Muslim center includes clear insistence that the country’s Christian minority must be protected. Otherwise, local Christians may see the visit as providing cover for their persecution.
The Vatican and Al-Azhar University, one of Islam’s most renowned schools of Sunni thought, will be joining forces to discuss how to fight religious extremism that uses God’s name to justify violence. The president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue will travel to Cairo to participate in the special seminar.