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Christians have a mission to convert all Muslims, says Vatican official

Cardinal Kurt Koch, who leads ecumenical relations for the Vatican, made the comments at an interfaith meeting in Cambridge

Christians have a mission to convert all Muslims, according to one of Pope Francis’s senior aides.

Cardinal Kurt Koch, who leads ecumenical relations for the Vatican, made the comments at an interfaith meeting held by Cambridge University’s Woolf Institute.

Cardinal Koch also said that Christians should not try and convert Jews and should view Judaism as a “mother”.

“We have a mission to convert all non-Christian religions’ people [except] Judaism,” he said, before reportedly adding that this extended to jihadis responsible for persecuting Christians in the Middle East.

The cardinal also urged Christians to view Judaism as a “mother” and said Christainity and Judaism shared a special relationship.

“It is very clear that we can speak about three Abrahamic religions but we cannot deny that the view of Abraham in Jewish and the Christian tradition and the Islamic tradition is not the same,” he said.

“In this sense we have only with Jewish people this unique relationship that we do not have with Islam.”









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  1. Patrick Gannon Reply

    Odd, considering that for centuries, the Jews were castigated as Christ-killers, all of them universally guilty for killing Jesus God (and raising the question – how does one kill a real god?).
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    The message here is that we can depend on the Abrahamic faiths to continue to choose religion in place of peace. Muslims are bound to convert Christians at the point of a sword; are Christians supposed to do the same? Is this really what a good god would want?
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    Once again we have the new Pope trying to put a kinder, gentler face on Catholicism – trying to put lipstick on the pig, so to speak; and here are the Pope’s own officials, undercutting his efforts. How does this guy keep his job, or is Francis really a paper Pope? Reaching out with a glove to slap your opponents in the face and challenge a duel, is hardly in keeping with the Pope’s message of peace.

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