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INDIA - VATICAN - SYRIA
For Indian Muslim scholar, the pope's appeal on Syria must be heeded
Syed Razi Ahmad Kamal heads the Department of Islamic Studies at Jamia Millia Islamia, an important Indian university. For him, the Syrian crisis is very "worrying, and "Both parties are responsible for the killing of innocent civilians." A peace conference "must be organised" and "all the parties must participate".
06/09/2013 PAKISTAN - VATICAN - SYRIA
Pakistani Muslims heed pope's "encouraging words" about peace in Syria
Many in Pakistan agree with and support Pope Francis's call for a day of prayer and fasting. A member of the Islamic Ideology Council praises the work done by Christians "whom we join in prayer." For Islamabad Bishop, the pope's cry for peace reiterated across the entire diocese.
Pope: urgent appeal for the release of Fr. Dall'Oglio, kidnapped two years ago in Syria
At the Angelus, Pope Francis recalls the Jesuit priest, the two Orthodox bishops and all those who have been kidnapped, calling on all present to join him in the recitation of a Hail Mary. Joined by the presence of two young people, he opens registration for WYD in Krakow and registers himself as teh first pilgrim online with a tablet. Commenting on today's Gospel: "Who among us does not have his" five loaves and two fish "? If we are willing to put them in the hands of the Lord, they will be a bit more love in the world to go around".
15/03/2013 IRAQ - VATICAN
Pope Francis, hope for a "true" Arab spring, says Chaldean patriarch
For Mar Louis Raphael I Sako, the pope's election was a "surprise" by the "Holy Spirit". His experience under Argentina's military dictatorship and his dialogue with Muslims and Jews are important factors because he "will be able to encourage people to believe in change, and not give in to desperation and discouragement," the patriarch said. He will also enhance the value of mission for the universal Church.
Mgr Franceschini: Turks are missing Pope
The president of the Turkey’s bishops’ conference told how after Ephesus, Benedict XVI “could at last be a religious leader through and through” and how he won people’s hearts. And there were evident signs of communion with the Orthodox Patriarch.
19/01/2015 PHILIPPINES - VATICAN
Evangelicals, Muslims, and indigenous Filipinos, grateful for the pope's visit
Before he left, Pope Francis met with the parents of the volunteer who died in Tacloban. Evangelical leader Eddie Villanueva urged the members of his church to attend the meetings with the pope. Muslim and indigenous leaders ask the pope for his help in peace talks in Mindanao.
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