On Wednesday Pope Francis recalled his recent visit to Egypt, saying that given its rich biblical and cultural history, the country is a sign of hope, and has a special role to play in brokering peace in the Middle East.
“Egypt for us was a sign of hope, of refuge and of help,” the Pope said during his May 3 general audience.
He noted how in scripture Jacob and his sons traveled to the region when it was in famine, and later Jesus himself also found refuge there from Herod.
“So recounting this trip enters on the path of recounting hope,” he said, adding that for Christians, “Egypt has the sense of speaking about hope, whether in history or today, and of this brotherhood that I am telling you about.”
Pope Francis spoke just days after returning from his April 28-29 visit to Egypt, which was made largely as the result of a recent thawing in relations between the Vatican and the prestigious al-Azhar University, one of the highest institutional authorities in Sunni Islam, which had been strained since 2011. Source
The Pope continues on his shuttle trip to unite major religious factions of the world under her banner. Having successfully joined with Lutherans, Methodists, Orthodoxs, Evangelicals and many of what ‘used’ to be the ‘protestants’ it is only too clear to continue pursuing their ties with Islam.