Pope Francis to receive Sunni Muslim leader at Vatican

Pope Francis is to meet the grand imam of Cairo’s Al-Azhar at the Vatican on Monday in an unprecedented encounter between the leader of the world’s Catholics and the highest authority in Sunni Islam.

Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, who heads the mosque and seat of learning considered the most prestigious institution in the main branch of Islam, will have an audience with the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told AFP.

“This audience is being prepared and has been scheduled for Monday,” he said. “It will be a first”.

This is what surrender looks like.

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  • BillyHW

    What exactly to they mean by “receive”?

  • Minicapt

    He must quote Pope Benedict: “Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new and there you will find things only bad and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”


  • B__2

    Will the pope be washing and kissing Ahmed’s feet as a sign of humility and respect (and submission too)?

  • FivePointSpurgeon

    Alternative headline: 2 sons of Bilial meet for lunch, agendas similar.

  • Ed

    Maybe they can trade hats.

  • Flyboy

    Perhaps the Pope can ask the good sheikh why he refused to call ISIS apostate back in December, 2014.

  • Sid Falco

    The Mufti will be eyeing up the Vatican for renovations after he moves in.

    Naturally it will be a one-way street – the worthless, marxist Argentinian will be the one doing all the arse-kissing.

  • DVult

    Lopping of his head might be a good way to put a stop to this ecumenical dialogue nonsense.