Missionary Pope Francis visits the Gulf Emirates

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Missionary Pope Francis visits the Gulf Emirates

Post by neverfail » Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:42 am

Thousands of Catholic faithful, mainly service sector workers from the Philippines and other far-flung nations, gathered for an open-air mass in the Emirati capital on Tuesday to hear the words of Pope Francis.

The landmark three-day visit, the first time a Pope has set foot on the Arabian Peninsula, was made possible by authorities eager to promote the United Arab Emirates as a bastion of tolerance, and by a Vatican seeking to reinforce its hold on the faithful far from home.

https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/02/artic ... aims-west/
I heard on a seperate news report last night that among the congregation who attended his open air papal mass were an estimated 4,000 Muslims.

A clear sign that there is curiosity among the locals about Christianity if not yet outright interest.

What is so amazing is that it happened right next to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Islam's most reactionary stronghold short of ISIS.

The fact that the visit happened at all might well be a sign of divine intervention. :D 8-)

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Re: Missionary Pope Francis visits the Gulf Emirates

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Re: Missionary Pope Francis visits the Gulf Emirates

Post by Jim the Moron » Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:13 am

neverfail wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:42 am
Thousands of Catholic faithful, mainly service sector workers from the Philippines and other far-flung nations, gathered for an open-air mass in the Emirati capital on Tuesday to hear the words of Pope Francis.

The landmark three-day visit, the first time a Pope has set foot on the Arabian Peninsula, was made possible by authorities eager to promote the United Arab Emirates as a bastion of tolerance, and by a Vatican seeking to reinforce its hold on the faithful far from home.

https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/02/artic ... aims-west/
I heard on a seperate news report last night that among the congregation who attended his open air papal mass were an estimated 4,000 Muslims.

A clear sign that there is curiosity among the locals about Christianity if not yet outright interest.

What is so amazing is that it happened right next to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Islam's most reactionary stronghold short of ISIS.

The fact that the visit happened at all might well be a sign of divine intervention. :D 8-)
Nope. Allah is much too busy arranging for the beheadings of infidels to have time for interventions of this sort.

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Re: Missionary Pope Francis visits the Gulf Emirates

Post by Sertorio » Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:32 am

neverfail wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:42 am
Thousands of Catholic faithful, mainly service sector workers from the Philippines and other far-flung nations, gathered for an open-air mass in the Emirati capital on Tuesday to hear the words of Pope Francis.

The landmark three-day visit, the first time a Pope has set foot on the Arabian Peninsula, was made possible by authorities eager to promote the United Arab Emirates as a bastion of tolerance, and by a Vatican seeking to reinforce its hold on the faithful far from home.

https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/02/artic ... aims-west/
I heard on a seperate news report last night that among the congregation who attended his open air papal mass were an estimated 4,000 Muslims.

A clear sign that there is curiosity among the locals about Christianity if not yet outright interest.

What is so amazing is that it happened right next to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Islam's most reactionary stronghold short of ISIS.

The fact that the visit happened at all might well be a sign of divine intervention. :D 8-)
Not divine intervention. Simply a growing secularism which wealth has made possible. In a truly secular society, Islam is no more dangerous than, say, evangelical Christianity...

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Re: Missionary Pope Francis visits the Gulf Emirates

Post by SteveFoerster » Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:26 am

Sertorio wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:32 am
neverfail wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:42 am
Thousands of Catholic faithful, mainly service sector workers from the Philippines and other far-flung nations, gathered for an open-air mass in the Emirati capital on Tuesday to hear the words of Pope Francis.

The landmark three-day visit, the first time a Pope has set foot on the Arabian Peninsula, was made possible by authorities eager to promote the United Arab Emirates as a bastion of tolerance, and by a Vatican seeking to reinforce its hold on the faithful far from home.

https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/02/artic ... aims-west/
I heard on a seperate news report last night that among the congregation who attended his open air papal mass were an estimated 4,000 Muslims.

A clear sign that there is curiosity among the locals about Christianity if not yet outright interest.

What is so amazing is that it happened right next to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Islam's most reactionary stronghold short of ISIS.

The fact that the visit happened at all might well be a sign of divine intervention. :D 8-)
Not divine intervention. Simply a growing secularism which wealth has made possible. In a truly secular society, Islam is no more dangerous than, say, evangelical Christianity...
Agreed, hence the importance of a market economy....
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Re: Missionary Pope Francis visits the Gulf Emirates

Post by Milo » Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:58 am

Islam is far more dangerous to its followers than anyone else.

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Re: Missionary Pope Francis visits the Gulf Emirates

Post by neverfail » Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:05 am

SteveFoerster wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:26 am

Agreed, hence the importance of a market economy....
What does having a market economy have to do with a bunch of Emirate (Muslim) princes amicably hosting a visit by the leader of the World's largest Christian denomination?

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Re: Missionary Pope Francis visits the Gulf Emirates

Post by SteveFoerster » Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:37 am

neverfail wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:05 am
SteveFoerster wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:26 am

Agreed, hence the importance of a market economy....
What does having a market economy have to do with a bunch of Emirate (Muslim) princes amicably hosting a visit by the leader of the World's largest Christian denomination?
It makes more sense when you don't clip out the comment to which I'm responding.
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Re: Missionary Pope Francis visits the Gulf Emirates

Post by neverfail » Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:34 pm

SteveFoerster wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:37 am
neverfail wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:05 am
SteveFoerster wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:26 am

Agreed, hence the importance of a market economy....
What does having a market economy have to do with a bunch of Emirate (Muslim) princes amicably hosting a visit by the leader of the World's largest Christian denomination?
It makes more sense when you don't clip out the comment to which I'm responding.
Well, you know what came before anyway; so now what about an answer?

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Re: Missionary Pope Francis visits the Gulf Emirates

Post by SteveFoerster » Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:52 pm

neverfail wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:34 pm
SteveFoerster wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:37 am
neverfail wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:05 am
SteveFoerster wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:26 am

Agreed, hence the importance of a market economy....
What does having a market economy have to do with a bunch of Emirate (Muslim) princes amicably hosting a visit by the leader of the World's largest Christian denomination?
It makes more sense when you don't clip out the comment to which I'm responding.
Well, you know what came before anyway; so now what about an answer?
The answer is that I was referring to "Not divine intervention. Simply a growing secularism which wealth has made possible. In a truly secular society, Islam is no more dangerous than, say, evangelical Christianity..."
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