Father Joseph Saghbini, a priest of the Greek Catholic Melkite Patriarchate of Jerusalem spoke about a December 15 conference in Damascus, sponsored by Syrian President and Patriarch Gregorios III Laham, patriarch of Antioch for the Greek Melkite Church.
About 1000 participants–Muslims, Catholics and representatives from Eastern Churches, Lebanon, Jordon and Arab nations.
The conference focused on building a brotherhood with Muslims and Catholics. Father Saghbini said in the Zenit website article:
“This Congress shall be conducive to realize the intentions the fathers of the synod in Rome have written in the “Final Message to the People of God,” locally in the Churches here in Syria and in daily life, especially in the daily common life between Christians and Muslims.
Prior topics are the unity of Christians in the Middle East — according to the Lord’s word in
”That they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me” — in order to give common testimony of faith.
Further topics are related to the problems of migration of Christians to the West, as well as religious pluralism, the consciousness of God’s plan with our society in the Middle East to live in peace with the Muslim people and the efforts for promoting and supporting inter-religious dialogue.“
Saghbini said that in Lebanon a new feast day celebrating Mary has been initiated. Saghbini says this would be a good opportunity for Christians and Muslims to venerate Mary together, each in their own religious traditions.
Gregorios III wrote a letter to the Muslim leaders of the Arab countries expressing the theme of unity and cooperation in day-to-day life. This letter has also been expressed to Arab kings.
This brotherhood between Catholics and Muslims is not new. Pope John Paul II made statements emphasizing unity between the two religions:
‘We believe in the same God, the one and only God, the living God, the God who creates worlds and brings creatures to their perfection’
He also said:
“This [inter-] religious dialogue must continue.
In the climate of increased cultural and religious pluralism which is expected to mark the society of the new millennium, it is obvious that this dialogue will be especially important in establishing a sure basis for peace and warding off the dread specter of these religious wars which have so often bloodied human history.
The name of the one God must become increasingly what it is: a name of peace and a summons to peace“
You can read here what the US Conference of Catholic Bishops say about building bridges with Muslims in the document “What Dialogue Means for Catholics and Muslims”.
As the one world religion starts to weld together by the spirit of the Antichrist, Islam is the one religion that is not easy to blend.
Perhaps the Vatican can draw Muslims to unite under Catholic Mary.
With the many ‘apparitions’ around the world, more and more Muslims are visiting these sites with reverence and prayers.
A brotherhood can develop. In many of these apparitions the entity says that all religions are respected by the Almighty and that it is wrong to criticize other religions. “Mary” will point to the Eucharistic Jesus for the world to worship.
This is a common theme in almost every Marian apparition. The Catholic Church, through the New Evangelization wants to unite all religions under the Eucharistic Jesus. During the Middle Ages, believers were executed for not believing in the Eucharistic Jesus. Could this be the image to be worshiped spoken about in the book of Revelation?
So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth; and it became a loathsome and malignant sore on the people who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image.
I am speculating, of course. What I do know is that the Vatican is trying very hard to unite with Muslims. It is clear in the Catholic Catechism. It is clear in the Muslim-Catholic conferences. It is clear in the documents of Vatican II.
The fact is Islam denies the Son of God; denies the Trinity. There is no way that believers and Muslims worship the same God. It is possible that Catholics and Muslims worship the same god and are becoming closer through the veneration of “Catholic Mary.” This is not, however, the God of the Bible.
Written by: Sue