Pope calls for N.Korea negotiations

Pope calls for N.Korea negotiations

"I am a woman whose husband has been taken away, I am alone".

"As religious leaders, we are called to unmask violence that masquerades as purported sanctity", Francis said to applause. "My husband was everything".

"He is a messenger of peace, he is really a messenger of peace", said attendee Amgad Eskandar before the Mass began at the stadium.

It was a message that he had also delivered in stark terms in a landmark address the day before to Islamic leaders at Cairo's famed Al-Azhar center.

After the mass, the pope traveled to a seminary in Cairo where he urged his audience to promote dialogue.

"It was a great message of peace, for our hearts first", he noted. "In Korea, today, it seems that things are becoming too heated".

"They could not understand why Almighty God had not saved him from such a disgraceful death", he said.

The visit was partially created to comfort Egypt's minority Christians following a spate of deadly attacks since December against their churches.

The Pope was greeted earlier in the day on the tarmac at Cairo International Airport by Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, Egyptian state TV showed. Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important.

"Eradicating terrorism requires a comprehensive strategy that takes into account not only military and security measures but also developmental, intellectual and political aspects", Al-Sisi said. "We have many problems in our region but we think, we hope, and we pray that we succeed in building a new country".

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"The Pope's speeches have been fantastic, very clear".

"In Egypt, we're really fighting ISIS hard", he continued.

We must follow the same path of the disciples, not remaining in doubt or despair, focused only on the cross, but coming to realize the truth and hope of the resurrection, he said, stressing that "we can not encounter God without first crucifying our narrow notions of a god who reflects only our own understanding of omnipotence and power". As on other foreign visits, Pope Francis will shun armoured limousines during his 27-hour stay and use a normal vehicle, saying this lets him be nearer the people.

Pope Francis speaks during a Mass for Egypt's tiny Catholic community, at the Air Defense Stadium Saturday in Cairo.

"Yesterday in the prayer meeting we found the three big religious leaders were sitting on the same stage, just praying along with the Vatican, the Pope". "We need worldwide acknowledgement that Egypt is safe, support by someone very remarkable like Pope Francis".

An Egyptian government source said that the encounter of the Pope and the president was cordial and very friendly.

But the visit appeared to have caused little disruption to the city of 18 million as it fell on the Muslim Friday-Saturday weekend, when the usually congested traffic is much lighter.

Still, during the pope's speech, he spoke directly to el-Sissi and emphasized it is "our duty to dismantle deadly ideas and extremist ideologies".

"Let's stop. Let's look for a diplomatic solution", he said. We are determined to follow in their footsteps, moved by the love of Christ the good Shepherd, in the profound conviction that by walking together, we grow in unity. The tragic experiences and the blood shed by our faithful who were persecuted and killed for the sole reason of being Christian, remind us all the more that the ecumenism of martyrdom unites us and encourages us along the way to peace and reconciliation.

"We need to cleanse religions from wrong notions, false piety and fraudulent implementations which stoke conflicts and incite hatred and violence", he said.