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Report: Muslims ask pope to OK worship in ex-mosque

December 28, 2006

Report from Reuters:

Spanish Muslims said on Tuesday they had appealed to the pope to be allowed to prostrate themselves in worship in Cordoba Cathedral, which was built as a mosque during Spain’s centuries of Islamic rule.

In a letter to Pope Benedict XVI, Spain’s Islamic Board said senior Spanish Catholic clergy had rejected requests for Muslims to be allowed to prostrate themselves inside the Cathedral, which was converted into a church in the 13th century.

“What we wanted was not to take over that holy place, but to create in it, together with you and other faiths, an ecumenical space unique in the world which would have been of great significance in bringing peace to humanity,” the letter said.

See also:
Typically Spanish: Bishop of Córdoba rejects Islamic prayer in the city Mosque
DhimmiWatch: Spain: Muslims Appeal for Use of Cathedral
DhimmiWatch: Cordoba Cathedral may see return of Muslims (April 2004)
DhimmiWatch: Vatican rejects Muslims’ petition to use Cordoba Cathedral as mosque (May 2004)
DhimmiWatch: Fr. Samir says Islamic “re-conquest” is possible thanks to Europe’s loss of identity

The desire to “regain” the Mosque of Cordoba, now a Cathedral since 1236, is a clear sign of the Muslim tendency to “re-conquer” Europe. However, “the support given by certain Spanish government leaders in the city (of Cordoba) makes it all the more manifest just how much Europe has ‘lost its identity’, widespread now across the continent”, Fr. Samir Khalil, a professor in Beirut told AsiaNews.

Sacred Destinations: Mezquita, Cordoba

Wikipedia: Vincent of Saragossa

When the Catholic bishops of Visigothic Iberia succeeded in converting King Reccared (586-601) and his nobles to Trinitarian Christianity they built the cathedral of Cordoba in honor of St Vincent the Deacon. When the Moors came, in 711, the church was razed and its materials incorporated in the Mezquita, the “Great Mosque” of Cordoba.

Catholic Forum: St. Vincent of Saragossa
Catholic Online: St. Ferdinand III of Castille

Asia News: Christian churches converted to mosques

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