Interfaith and religious harmony required to battle terrorism and brings peace: Pop Francis

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NAIROBI: Thousands of people gathered at the campus of University of Nairobi in Kenya Thursday to hear Pope Francis speak. Kenya is the pope's first stop on his Africa tour, his first trip to the continent. Earlier Thursday, the pope met with Christian and Muslim leaders, and those from other faiths, in Kenya and told them that a dialogue among them was “essential” to guard against “barbarous” attacks from Islamist extremists. He also said that religion cannot be used to justify any attack, and that "all too often, young people are being radicalized in the name of religion to sow discord and fear, and to tear at the very fabric of our societies," the AP reported. Pop Francis said that Interfaith and religious harmony required to battle terrorism and brings peace . Every religion gives peace address. He said "Here, I think of the importance of our common conviction that the God whom we seek to serve is a God of peace ," the pope said, according to the AP. "How important it is that we be seen as prophets of peace , peacemakers who invite others to live in peace , harmony and mutual respect," He added that “In this light, and in an increasingly interdependent world, we see ever more clearly the need for interreligious understanding, friendship and collaboration in defending the God-given dignity of individuals and peoples, and their right to live in freedom and happiness. Reference: ibtimes

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