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Pope to call meeting of Christian, Jewish, Muslim leaders?

May 30, 2013

Pope Francis spoke with Israeli President Shimon Peres about the possibility of a meeting that would bring together leaders of the world’s three great monotheistic religions to join in a call for peace, according to an Israeli government report.

An official Israeli summary of an April 30 meeting between the Pope and Peres reports that the Pope “wholeheartedly supported” the Israeli leader’s condemnation of religious terrorism, and suggested a meeting in Rome of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim religious leaders to join in teaching that violence is an offense against God.

The Vatican’s official summary of the meeting does not mention the possibility of such a meeting.

The brief statement released by the Vatican press office after the April 30 audience said: “A speedy resumption of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians is hoped for, so that, with the courageous decisions and availability of both sides as well as support from the international community, an agreement may be reached that respects the legitimate aspirations of the two Peoples, thus decisively contributing to the peace and stability of the region.”


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  • Posted by: jg23753479 - May. 30, 2013 5:40 PM ET USA

    Forgive me for posting twice, but the second problem with this article is the indication that Jews, Christians, and Muslims worship the same God. For Jews and Christians, that is most certainly true, but I do not recognize the monstrous god the Muslims worship. As Dr. Wafa Sultan, herself once a Muslim, points out, the god Muslims worship endorses murder and sordid sexual crimes. It's all in the Koran for those who choose to read it. Beyond that, Islam is based on a lie, one the "prophet" spread

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - May. 30, 2013 5:33 PM ET USA

    There are 2 problems with this. I don't know if Francis plans a meeting or not, but the notion that the Koran does not endorse religious violence is pure poppycock. All the propaganda about jihad being some kind of purely personal struggle against sin, is just that, propaganda, in clear English, a lie. We may get Muslims to stop killing Christians and Jews for tactical reasons, but it is a dangerous pipe dream to think we will get them to give up permanently what the Koran recommends fulsomely.