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  • Parolin: Pope never considered not going to Egypt

    Parolin: Pope never considered not going to Egypt

    In a new interview, Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, said that despite the rise of violence and terrorist attacks in the country, Pope Francis never considered not visiting to bring his message of peace to Muslims and Christians in the country.

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  • Pope Francis on Friday begins brief but dicey trip to Egypt

    Pope Francis on Friday begins brief but dicey trip to Egypt

    Although Pope Francis’s April 28-29 trip to Egypt will be extremely brief, barely more than 24 hours in the country, it’s among the riskiest outings of his papacy. On multiple fronts, from security and politics to Christian/Muslim relations and ecumenism, Francis faces hard choices on the trip that amount to striking the right balance between equally undesirable outcomes.

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  • Will Francis follow Benedict or Obama when he speaks to Muslims in Egypt?

    Will Francis follow Benedict or Obama when he speaks to Muslims in Egypt?

    Pope Francis must choose how he addresses the Muslim community when he visits Egypt this week. He has two models: Former U.S. President Barack Obama and former Pope Benedict XVI. When a newly-elected Obama decided to address the “Muslim world” from Cairo in 2009, he insisted that Islam is a “religion of peace,” corrupted by a small few, and that there is nothing particularly Islamic about the violence committed by those who claim to be acting in the name of the Islam. The alternative approach was taken by Benedict in his 2006 Regensburg address, where he advanced the argument that how we understand God Himself determines how we understand what He might command.

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  • Pope Francis goes to Egypt as a “messenger of peace”

    Pope Francis goes to Egypt as a “messenger of peace”

    Pope Francis said he wants his visit to Egypt “to be a witness of my affection, comfort and encouragement for all the Christians of the Middle East, a message of friendship and respect for all the inhabitants of Egypt and the region, and a message of brotherhood and reconciliation with all the children of Abraham, particularly the Muslim world” in a video message to the Egyptian people released on Tuesday ahead of his April 28-29 visit to the country.

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  • Coptic bishop: Christians in Egypt concerned, but no one says “fear”

    Coptic bishop: Christians in Egypt concerned, but no one says “fear”

    Bishop Angaelos of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom says Christians in Egypt are concerned and saddened, but added “I haven’t heard the word fear used by anybody.” The Church in Egypt is preparing for a more somber Easter, after attacks on Palm Sunday left at least 45 people dead.

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  • Could Islam learn from Jesus – and Pope Francis?

    Could Islam learn from Jesus – and Pope Francis?

    On the one hand, Jesus is highly respected by all Muslims, for he is venerated in the Qur’an. On the other hand, most Muslims are unaware of the teachings of Jesus. One Islamic writer suggests a more serious Muslim consideration of Jesus could make strides for living together around the world in peace.

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