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Workers set up a banner with pictures of Jordans King Abdullah (L) and Pope Benedict XVI during preparations at the Lady of Peace Church, the first scheduled stop in the Popes visit to the region, in Amman May 7, 2009. Jordanian Islamist leaders on Thursday condemned Pope Benedicts visit to the Middle East, saying it was provocative because he has not apologised for offending comments implying Islam was violent and irrational. They said the pope, who arrives in Jordan on Friday on the first leg of a tour including Israel and the Palestinian territories, still owed them an apology for hinting Islam was violent and irrational in a 2006 speech in Regensburg. REUTERS
On a personal note, I will do my level best to bring my readers full coverage of the Pope Benedict's trip to Jordan and Israel, as well as linking to the best sites available.