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Papal greeting for Iraqi delegates to inter-religious talks

March 29, 2017

“We are all brothers, and where there is brotherhood there is peace,” Pope Francis said in his greeting to a group of Iraqi religious leaders, gathered at the Vatican for a conference sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue.

The Pope observed that the participants in the event—Shi’ite and Sunni Muslims, Yazidis, and Christians—all trace their faith to the patriarch Abraham, so that “we have a common father on earth.” He went on to say that “we are all different and all the same, like fingers on a hand. There are five fingers, they are all fingers, but they are all different.”

The dialogue among the Iraqi leaders, the Pope said, is “a road toward peace for all.”

 
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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Mar. 31, 2017 1:32 AM ET USA

    "The Pope observed that the participants in the event—Shi’ite and Sunni Muslims, Yazidis, and Christians—all trace their faith to the patriarch Abraham." Seems too limited in vision to me. If Adam, Eve, and the other Patriarchs did not have faith, they would not be in heaven. Hebrews 11 (Rheims NT): "By faith Abel offered to God a sacrifice exceeding that of Cain...By faith Henoch was translated, that he should not see death...By faith Noe...was instituted heir of the justice."