Pope Francis delivers message of peace in Egypt

Francis’ trip comes three weeks after Islamic State killed at least 45 people in attacks on two Egyptian churches.

Pope Francis is widely known for his peaceful statements those are calling for peace in the world.

“Peace alone… is holy and no act of violence can be perpetrated in the name of God, for it would profane his name”, Francis said.

“All options for responding to future provocations must remain on the table”, Tillerson told the 15-member global body on Friday.

This experience must also translate into how we treat others, he said, saying “the experience of the disciples on the way to Emmaus teaches us that it is of no use to fill our places of worship if our hearts are empty of the fear of God and of his presence”.

In his remarks to the clergy, Francis urged them to avoid “temptations” that he frequently rails against among priests: the temptation to complain all the time, to gossip and think priests are better than others.

El-Tayeb addressed the status of faith in modern life.

While most of Egypt’s Christians are Coptic Orthodox, about 272,000 are Catholic.

Francis hosted el-Tayeb at the Vatican previous year, and his return visit Friday cemented the renewed relationship.

Pope Francis has left Egypt at the end of a historic, two-day visit defined by calls for Christian-Muslim unity against religious militancy. The tragic experiences and the blood shed by our faithful who were persecuted and killed for the sole reason of being Christian, remind us all the more that the ecumenism of martyrdom unites us and encourages us along the way to peace and reconciliation. Egypt’s Islamic State affiliate claimed responsibility.

“Eradicating terrorism requires a comprehensive strategy that takes into account not only military and security measures but also developmental, intellectual and political aspects”, Al-Sisi said.

“With that being said, he loves China and he loves the people of China”. “We lived in (apartments), a Christian community with Muslim neighbors and we would invite each other to our feasts”.

Francis, an Argentine Jesuit, did make a few subtle criticisms, including a demand for “unconditional respect for inalienable human rights such as equality among all citizens, religious freedom and freedom of expression, without any distinction”.

Security was exceptionally tight around the stadium and in the upscale neighborhood where Francis spent the night, with uniformed and plain-clothed police stationed every meter (yard) or so along his motorcade route.

“History does not forgive those who preach justice, but then practice injustice”, Francis said.

Pope Francis said he was ready to meet US President Donald Trump when Trump visits Europe in May, but that he was not aware Washington had made a request for a meeting. El-Sissi was elected president a year later and is widely expected to run for a second, four-year term in office in June 2018.

In his remarks, the president repeated his denunciation that terrorists can not claim to be Muslim.

“There are refugee camps that are real concentration camps”.

He also offered a homily at a mass he led, with joint Coptic and Catholic prayers, at the Air Defence Stadium in Cairo. The Common Declaration they signed on 10 May 1973 represented a milestone on the path of ecumenism, and served as a starting point for the Commission for Theological Dialogue between our two Churches, which has borne much fruit and opened the way to a broader dialogue between the Catholic Church and the whole family of Oriental Orthodox Churches.

Pope Francis delivers his traditional “Urbi et Orbi” Blessing – to the City of Rome, and to the World – from the central balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square on April 16, 2017 in Vatican City, Vatican.

The visit was conducted under very strict security scrutiny, especially in Heliopolis, the venue of the airport and the presidential palace, and Zamalek, the residence of the ambassador of the Vatican, where the Pope stayed during his 27-hour visit.

During his visit, Francis managed the delicate balance of embracing Islam while condemning Islamic extremists in the Muslim-majority country.

In Egypt, pope seeks Christian-Muslim rejection of violence