Jerusalem, Israel, May 12, 2014 — As Pope Francis makes his “pilgrimage of prayer” to Jordan and Israel on May 24-26, Israeli Rabbi Yehudah Glick and American Pastor Keith Johnson have rolled out the red carpet of recruitment for Pope Francis to be an ambassador for the Freedom to Pray on the Temple Mount movement.
They have made a formal written request to ask for his participation and have created a compelling seven-minute YouTube video that gives the background on their parallel paths that have merged into an international campaign for religious, civil and human rights on the 37 acres of the Temple Mount.
“We have formally asked Pope Francis to join us in urging Israeli government officials and Muslim religious leaders to support change of the status quo regarding prohibiting prayer on the Temple Mount.” -Rabbi Yehudah Glick, Chairman of the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation
“We are not interested in promoting politics, but rather calling for a peaceful path for prayer on the Temple Mount for all nations” -Pastor Keith Johnson, founder of Biblical Foundations Academy, International
Excerpt from letter to Pope Francis from Rabbi Glick and Pastor Johnson:
We are calling upon religious leaders from around the world to stand with us through word and deed. We believe the timing of your “pilgrimage of prayer” to this region is perfect timing on many levels. We are requesting that you as the spiritual leader of the Catholic Church would join us in calling for Freedom to Pray on the Temple Mount for all nations.
Watch the just-released YouTube video, Rabbi and Pastor recruit Pope for Temple Mount Prayer Movement
For more background information, read the article from Israel National News entitled, US Pastor Urges Global Campaign for Temple Mount Prayer Rights and another article from the same source entitled, Jewish Youth Arrested on Temple Mount for Praying. Also listen to an audio interview with Johnson and Glick here: Freedom to Pray on the Temple Mount Campaign.
Video and photos are available upon request.