Pope Francis says Interfaith Dialogue is Essential




On his first full day in Kenya, Pope Francis insisted on Thursday that religion could never be used to justify violence and 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”. He said interfaith dialogue is not a luxury or optional, but is simply “essential”.

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Grand Mufti of Egypt on the Paris attacks



I was as shocked as any sensible human being would have been when I learned about the senseless, heinous, appalling and cowardly act that took place in Paris at the weekend . This attack is shocking, and offends the conscience of every sane person, regardless of their religious identity. I wish to stress categorically and unequivocally our complete solidarity and unwavering support for the French people in their plight and their determination to combat terror

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Vietnam: Church and Civil Society respond to draft law on religion


Vietnamese CatholicsA group of 27 civil society organizations have called on Vietnam to edit a controversial draft law on religion, saying it is wide open to abuse. Lawmakers in Vietnam are expected to pass a new law on religion that religious leaders and rights monitors have long warned will likely worsen oppression.

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