Sun, 10 May 2009
Pope Kept His Shoes on While Visiting Mosque in Jordan...Predictable Islamic Outrage Ensues.....
As controversy surrounds the Pope's shoes in a mosque in Amman, a Vatican spokesman insists that it would be "absolutely wrong to make a problem" out of the issue.
The controversy was sparked when Pope Benedict XVI kept on his shoes during a keynote address to Muslim leaders in a Jordan mosque.
However, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the Pope meant no disrespect to Islam when he entered the Al-Hussein mosque.
"Benedict XVI was ready to take them off but his escorts led him down a special walkway and did not ask him to do so," the spokesman said.
The controversy aroused at a time when the pontiff is seeking to mend fences with the Muslim world during his Middle East tour.
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