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Comments by Pope Francis Emphasize Bridge Building with Muslims

Pope Francis I
Pope Francis I

Here is a collection of quotes from Pope Francis directed towards Muslims. This post will be updated as Pope Francis continues to speak about dialogue, common ground, and mutual respect between Christians and Muslims worldwide.

On dialogue

“Turning to mutual respect in interreligious relations, especially between Christians and Muslims, we are called to respect the religion of the other, its teachings, its symbols, its values. Particular respect is due to religious leaders and to places of worship. How painful are attacks on one or other of these!” – International Business Times

“Regarding the education of Muslim and Christian youth, we have to bring up our young people to think and speak respectfully of other religions and their followers, and to avoid ridiculing or denigrating their convictions and practices.” – New York Times

“[I]t is important to intensify dialogue among the various religions, and I am thinking particularly of dialogue with Islam. At the Mass marking the beginning of my ministry, I greatly appreciated the presence of so many civil and religious leaders from the Islamic world.” – CS News

On common ground

“I am aware that family and social dimensions enjoy a particular prominence for Muslims during this period [Ramadan], and it is worth noting that there are certain parallels in each of these areas with Christian faith and practice.” – International Business Times

“It is true that the Muslim world is not totally mistaken when it reproaches the West of Christian tradition of moral decadence and the manipulation of human life.” – NC Register

Pope Francis has reached out in a very friendly way to Muslims calling them “brothers”. He has done so on a number of occasions, including at Aparecida on July 24, when he met a representative of Brazilian Muslims, and on August 11 when, from the Vatican, he extended his greeting to “the Muslims of the entire world” – some one billion of them, who had just celebrated the end of the month of Ramadan. – Real Clear Religion

On mutual respect

“Christians and Muslims will work together to promote mutual respect.” – Catholic Herald (UK)

“We are called to respect the religion of the other, its teachings, its symbols, its values.” – New York Times

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