The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 7, 2001 · Page 12
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 12

Salina, Kansas
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Monday, May 7, 2001
Page 12
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A12 MONDAY, MAY V, 2001 WORLD THE SAUNA JOURNAL • POPE JOHN PAUL 11 Historic visit John Paul II becomes first pope to enter a mosque MotiuTS l);iv IS M;iv ENZO ANGIOLINI PRICE BREAK By VICTOR SJMPSON TIte Associated Press DAMASCUS, Syria — John Paul II became the first pope to enter a mosque Sunday, calling for brotherhood between Christians and Muslims and stepping across a sensitive line in his campaign for better relations among different faiths. Vatican and Syrian flags decorated the Omayyad Mosque in the old walled city at the heart of modern Damascus as. the 80-year-old pontiff slipped off his shoes as tradition requires and entered the mosque. Leaning on a cane, the pope stumbled slightly at the threshold and while crossing the carpeted floor of the hall. The visit to the mosque lasted one hour and 35 minutes. He walked with Syria's top Muslim cleric. Sheik Ahmad Kuftaro, who is in his late 80s and also walked with a cane. Papal aides quoted John Paul as telling Kuftaro: "I can say I am very happy" The visit was also a natural step in John Paul's longtime campaign to heal the wounds separating Christians, Muslims and Jews. In 1986, he became the first pope to visit a Jewish synagogue. After leaving the mosque, the pontiff urged Muslims and Christians to "turn to one another with feelings of brotherhood and friendship, so that the Almighty may bless us with the peace which heaven alone can give." The mosque visit pointed out some of the frictions. Plans for a joint Muslim-Christian prayer at the mosque were dropped — apparently to avoid hurting Muslim sensitivities. And because the mosque stands on the site where a church was located 12 centuries ago, some Syrians questioned whether the pope was trying to claim the site back for Christianity The pope's visit to Syria, which began Satur- Women's Spring Shoes At A Great Price! S .w'K $20 "Liberty" Spring fashion colors only. Women's 7KN-9N, 6M-10M. Orig. 60.00. The Associated Press Pope John Paul II (right) prays during Mass Sunday at the Abbasid Stadium in Damascus during the second day of his visit to Syria. day, has also brought him into the riptides of Arab-Israeli rivalries. In his speech welcoming the pope, President Bashar Assad urged the Vatican to side with Arabs in their dispute with Israel and referred to what he described as Jewish persecution of Jesus Christ. 39 99 T SOCCER DEATHS Fans killed when stadium roof caves in By The Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran — The roof of a stadium grandstand caved in, killing several fans and injuring hundreds of others during a soccer match Sunday in northeastern Iran, the official news agency reported. After the accident, angry fans clashed with police trying to make their way into Mottaqi Stadium in the city of Sari, 155 miles northeast of Tehran. State-run television showed images of fans wielding metal poles locked in battle with anti- riot forces on the soccer field. One wall of the stadium was torn down, and iron fences separating the grandstand from the field had been rooted out. Some rioters started fires on the field, said Ali Ansarian, a player with Persepolis, one of the teams in the match. "We are trapped in the locker room," Ansarian told AP by phone. "There is such a thick ' crowd outside that we can't force open the door to the locker room. Through a small window, I can see fighting outside between fans and the police." Ansarian said he had seen at least 30 people dead. Dillard's SA\ i: $19 "Quincy^ In black. Women's 7J^-9N, 6M-10M. Orig. 59.00. For Your Convenience We Accept Your Dillard's, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Carte Bbndie, Or Diner's Club CaixJ. SHOP TODAY 10 A.M. - 9 P.M. MOTHER'S DAY IS MAY 13TH SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR MOM! ExceUent Mother's Day Gifts At Great Prices! For Your Convenience We Accept Your Dillard's, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Carte Bbnche, Or Diner's Club Card.. SHOP TODAY 10 A.M. - 9 P.M.^

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