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PHILIPPINES - VATICAN
Manila: Islamic leader calls on Muslims to follow Pope Francis for world peace
Ebra Moxsir M. al-Haj, head of the Imam Council of the Philippines and chaplain of the Philippine National Police, speaks on Know The Truth programme, praising Francis' efforts in favour of the good and peace in the world against all forms of extremism, which must be backed all the way. He calls on Muslims to welcome the pontiff and understand his words.
(AsiaNews) - A high-ranking Filipino Muslim leader urged all people
of faith, regardless of specific religious affiliations, to go all out in their
support for Pope Francis.
In an interview on the Know The
Truth programme, which will be aired in early January, Imam Ebra M Moxsir
Al-Haj, an Islamic scholar and a chaplain of the Philippine National Police
(PNP), specifically called on his "Muslim brothers and sisters to join the Holy
Father in his efforts" against the use of violence.
Moxsir urged his fellow Filipino Muslims to welcome the pontiff and back
his call for interfaith cooperation based on honesty and goodwill as the way to
achieve real peace.
He also said he shares the pontiff's stance against extremism, which will
stop at nothing. Only peace between religions can stop it.
"Good Muslims and Christians all want peace," he explained. "Education
has an important role to play to make it happen . . . We must see to it that
our brothers and sisters are properly educated in their faith so that they will
not be swayed by those extremists".
travel to Asia between 12 and 19 January 2015. The first stop will be in Sri
Lanka, where he will remain until 15; the second stop will be in the
of the Filipino portion of the papal visit includes spending a day with survivors
of typhoon Yolanda, a meeting with the country's religious leaders and a Sunday
Mass in Manila, which is expected to draw five million people.
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During the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis speaks about the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, instituted by Benedict XVI. Chinese Catholics must make a “personal contribution to communion among believers and to harmony in the whole society." AsiaNews Symposium on the Church in China is set for this week. Francis appeals for peace in the Central African Republic, and for loving “one another following the example of the Lord”. For him, “Sometimes conflicts, pride, envy, and divisions leave a blotch on the beautiful face of the Church.” Five new cardinals will be named, including a bishop from Laos.
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