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Senegal’s bishops denounce religious violence, caricatures of Muhammad

January 27, 2015

The bishops of the West African nation of Senegal have issued a statement denouncing religious violence and caricatures of the founder of Islam.

“We strongly condemn the murderous violence of terrorism and fanaticism that attacks human life in the name of God,” they said.

“Religion is a very sensitive fiber,” they added. “Therefore we must not play with fire! For this reason, without ever entering into the logic of revenge and violence, we denounce the abusive nature of these publications … These caricatures cannot and must not, in any way, be treated as actions carried out by Christians against Islam.”

Senegal, a nation of 13.6 million, is 94% Muslim and 5% Catholic.

 
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