Netizens react on Pope Francis and Grand Imam of Al Azhar nose kissing

Netizens react on Pope Francis and Grand Imam of Al Azhar nose kissing

- Pope Francis has made his historic visit to the United Arab Emirates

- The Pope and Grand Imam of Al Azhar did a “nose kiss” after signing a document

- However, this gesture drew mixed reactions from the netizens

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Pope Francis has recently made his historic three-day visit to the United Arab Emirates. KAMI learned that Pope Francis was the first ever pope to deliver a mass in an Arabian peninsula.

In a report by CNN Philippines, the mass was attended by 135, 000 people at the Zayed Sports City stadium in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

During the papal visit, Pope Francis and Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, have signed “The Document on Human Fraternity,” which invites everyone who has faith in God and in the human fraternity to unite.

After signing the document, Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al Azhar made the traditional “nose kissing” during the inter-religious meeting.

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Many netizens were shocked by this act. Some netizens were quick to criticize. Here are some of their comments based on the Facebook page of ABS-CBN News:

“Bakit lips to lips nakakahiya naman”
“Are men kissing at the lips a tradition?”
“Kung beso-beso ok lang pero eto lips to lips? Tama ba nakikita ko??”

However, some shared their knowledge on the traditional behavior.

“ignorance of culture. malicious minds. bibig bago ang isip. condolence, pilipinas. ps. meron bang isip?”
“ambobo ng nag comment ng bakla etc. tradisyon na pag galang ng mga muslim yan mag sipag aral nga kayo puro kayo fb kaya wala asenso sa buhay”
“That's NOSE to NOSE, Please respect. UAE welcomed him heartily,now attending mass despite of hundred thousands of attendees it is very well ORGANIZED. Please refrain any negativities. May God bless us all”
“Ang tawag dyan ay bosa. Kung dito sa Pilipinas ay shake hands, sa Arabians ay bosa, 2 sa kanan at 3 sa kaliwa. Meron pa ngang kasamang hug. Noon, naiilang ako sa kanilang greeting nung bago pa lang ako doon. Hanggang sa nasanay na ako sa halos araw araw na may mga bumabati.”
“Nood nood din kasi kayo sa youtube ng culture ng ibang bansa bago kayo mag comment...”
“Normal sa mga arabs ang ganyan gesture....wag bigyan ng masamang kahulugan alamin kung ano ang totoo..wag maging makitid ang isip at maging mapanghusga!!!tao nga naman!!!”

In a report by Al Arabiya, the “nose kissing” may look like an intimate act for those who are not aware of the traditional gesture. However, the nose symbolizes pride. The “nose kissing” is considered as a salutation or greeting in Gulf countries. It is not just merely a greeting, but also a way of telling on how people relate to each other for it also symbolizes friendship and respect.

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