Pope to Interfaith Leaders: We Don't Have to Renounce Our Faith, to Live in Peace

As part of his trip to Sri-Lanka, the Pope met with leaders of the area's major religions. Buddhism, Hinduism. Islam and Christianity. It was a one of a kind meeting and a local Cardinal recognized its importance.

Bishop of Ranapura (Sri Lanka)
"It is no doubt a sacred and unique event which will go down in the history of Sri Lanka".

Buddhist monks, welcomed the Pope with this song.

The Hindu representative gave the Pope a bright cover, while the Muslim leader condemned the recent attacks Islamic extremists carried out in Paris and Pakistan.

"Islam has no relationship with regard to such practices and evil conduct and deeds".

In his speech, the Pope explained that interfaith dialogue is a tool that fosters respect. A dialogue that is sincere, when no one masks or denies their beliefs.

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Christian NGO: Violence against Christians won't decrease in 2015

North Korea, Somalia and Iraq are the three countries where Christians arepersecuted the most, according to "Open Doors.” This Christian NGO recently published its World Watch List of Christian persecution. It added that violence against Christians isn't likely to stop nor decrease on 2015.
"Open Doors” estimated that 4,344 Christians were killed in 2014, a figure that had doubled in a year. Pope Francis often denounces violence against Christians.
March 4, 2014
"I tell you: today there are more martyrs than in the times of the Early Christians.”
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Pope Francis: ‘strongest condemnation’ for Paris terror attack

Pope Francis has expressed “the strongest condemnation for the horrific attack that marred the city of Paris” on January 7, an attack notable for “sowing death, throwing into dismay the whole of French society, [and] deeply disturbing all peace-loving people,” according to a statement from Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Holy See Press Office.

Praying for the wounded and the families of the dead, the Pope “calls upon all to oppose by all means the spread of hatred and of all forms of violence, physical and moral, which destroy human life, which violate the dignity of people, which radically undermines the fundamental good of peaceful coexistence between individuals and peoples regardless of their differences of nationality, religion and culture,” Father Lombardi continued.

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French Muslim leaders meet with Pope Francis, condemn deadly Paris attacks

"He is a man of great spirituality.”
These four Muslim leaders from the Union of Mosques in France, met with Pope Francis after he led his first general audience of 2015. 
They all condemned the deadly attacks that took place on Wednesday January 7th, where gunmen stormed the offices of the 'Charlie Hebdo' weekly satirical magazine. It's an attack presumed to be linked to the publication of cartoons depicting Muhammad. 
For years, these Muslim leaders have worked with Catholics to promote inter-religious dialogue. French Bishops have condenmend the attacks describing them as 'horrible.' 
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List of new cardinals named by Pope Francis

Pope Francis will "create" 20 new cardinals next February 14 at the Vatican.

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