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End of pope's pilgrimage may be just the beginning
MICHELLE BEARDEN
March 30, 2000
The Tampa Tribune

“Bay area and national religious leaders say interfaith unity and peace, not
political gains, may be the payoff of a pope's courageous journey.”

“Pope John Paul II's weeklong pilgrimage to the Holy Land fulfilled his
lifelong dream of walking in the steps of Jesus - and saw Jews, Muslims and
Christians cheering the frail pontiff as if he were a rock star.”
“His pilgrimage took the pope to some of the world's most holy places, such
as the Dome of the Rock, which believers say is the site of Abraham's
sacrifice* and Muhammad's ascent to heaven…”
“He also visited the Dheisheh refugee camp, a show of symbolic support for
the Palestinian dream of statehood.”
“The pope's spirit of inclusion, even as it angers some factions, sets him
apart from many leaders, says a spokesman for a national Muslim
organization.”
"‘His visit to the Holy Land left almost everyone happy,’ says Khalid
Turaani, executive director of the Washington-based American Muslims for
Jerusalem, ‘and I can't think of a single world figure who could pull that
off, especially in these times.’”
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Phone: (202) 548-4200
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