On the second day of his week-long trip to the Middle East, Pope Benedict has condemned "the ideological manipulation of religion" and called for inter-faith dialogue.
Speaking to Muslim leaders and other dignitaries Saturday at the Hussein bin Talal mosque in Amman, Jordan, the pontiff said religion should be a force for good, not for division.
Pope Benedict is using his Middle Eastern tour to reach out to Muslims and Jews, both of whom have at times had strained relations with him since he became pontiff in 2005.
Earlier Saturday, the Roman Catholic Church leader called for mutual respect and cooperation between Christians and Jews.
He made those remarks on Mount Nebo in Jordan, a wind-swept summit overlooking the Jordan River valley where the Bible says Moses saw the Promised Land before he died.