Pope says Christian-Muslim dialogue ‘essential’ for peace

Published: Thursday 26th November 2015 by The News Editor

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Pope Francis told Christian and Muslim leaders in Kenya they have no choice but to engage in dialogue to prevent the “barbarous” Islamic extremist attacks that have struck the country recently.

On his first full day in Africa, Francis insisted religion can never be used to justify violence.

He lamented that “all too often, young people are being radicalised in the name of religion to sow discord and fear, and to tear at the very fabric of our societies”.

The pope said interfaith dialogue is not a luxury or optional, but is simply “essential”.

Francis made the comments as he met Kenyan faith leaders at the start of a busy day that will see him celebrate Mass on a rain-soaked university campus and deliver a major environment speech.

Published: Thursday 26th November 2015 by The News Editor

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