Yesterday Pope Francis held a so-called “prayer summit” with the presidents of Israel and the Palestinians. For the reasons stated here, PopeWatch views this as an exercise in futility. One aspect which has some Catholics excited is the fact that there will be Islamic prayers at the Vatican:
Holy See officials on Friday said the evening prayers would be a “pause in politics” and had no political aim other than to rekindle the desire for Israeli-Palestinian peace at the political and popular level, according to the Associated Press.
Go here to read the rest at Creative Minority Report, especially the comments. PopeWatch doubts if this is the first time that Islamic prayers have been said at the Vatican, considering the numerous ambassadors from Islamic states credentialed to the Vatican. If one is going to have diplomatic relations with Islamic countries, and the popes have been engaging in such diplomacy virtually since the inception of Islam, one is bound to hear an Islamic prayer or two. However, diplomacy is one thing and a prayer meeting is another. Pope Francis seems to be conflating the two which makes for bad diplomacy and a bad prayer meeting.