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Pope reiterates calls for religious respect

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The Pope has reiterated his vision of a peaceful future, visiting an important Biblical site and urging people of all religions to find their place in the world. Benedict XV1 began his second day in Jordan at Mt Nebo, where the Bible says Moses saw the Promised Land before he died.

The trip to the Holy Land is overshadowed by a 2006 speech where the Pope linked Islam to violence. Critics in the Muslim world have denounced his visit and demanded a public apology. At Madaba Catholic University, the Pope said he hoped all believers can live side by side. “I pray that your dreams may soon come true,” he said. “That you may see generations of men and women , Christian, Muslim and other religions taking their place in society equipped with professional skills, knowledge of the world, and educated in the values of wisdom, tolerance, integrity and peace.” The Pope has one more full day in Jordan, before moving on to Israel and the Palestinian Territories.