Pave The Way Foundation Praises Pope

Says Criticism Comes From Groups With «Opposing Agendas»

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NEW YORK, MAY 20, 2009 ( An organization that promotes interreligious dialogue is praising Benedict XVI for the «courage and strength» he demonstrated during his trip to the Holy Land earlier this month.

Gary Krupp, president of the he New York-based Pave the Way Foundation, sent a letter to the Pope this week in which he expressed his «sincere and heartfelt gratitude […] for initiating and completing your most successful pilgrimage to the Holy Land.»

The president, himself a Jew, lamented much of the criticism that was aimed at the Pontiff, explaining that it came from people or institutions «with opposing agendas.»

«In a region separated by political, religious and cultural differences, walking a thin line to carry the message of God’s peace to all who seek it requires enormous courage and strength,» said Krupp.

«It is only those who try to walk in everyone’s shoes that succeed in truly understanding the needs, the fears, and who can empathize with the pain of all of the people in the region,» he said. «Unfortunately, there are those with opposing agendas who are quick to criticize and undermine your valiant efforts in the name of peace.

«Mindful of this, please gain strength from the voices of those who spoke to you in song upon your arrival in Israel, and from the appreciation of those who see through the critics and the hostility and negativity of some commentators.»

Krupp added, «May God grant you the strength to continue your pontificate for many years to come, and rich blessings of success in your endeavor to bring God’s peace to our troubled world.»

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