Saturday, May 17, 2014

Jew, Muslim to Join Pope's Mission in Holy Land; It's First Papal Delegation to Include Other Faiths

A rabbi and a Muslim leader will join Pope Francis on his upcoming trip to the Holy Land, the Christian Broadcast Network website reports today (May 17,  2014).

According to the Vatican, it will be the first time an official papal delegation has included members of other faiths.

Francis' two longtime friends and collaborators from his days as archbishop of Buenos Aires -- Rabbi Abraham Skorka and Omar Abboud, a leader of Argentina's Islamic community -- are on the official delegation for the May 24-26 trip to Jordan, the West Bank, and Israel.

A Vatican spokesman says their presence on the delegation was an "absolute novelty" desired by Francis to show the "normality" of having friends of other faiths.

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