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Read: Pope Francis’ Address to Muslims in the Central Mosque of Koudoukou in Bangui

Address of Pope Francis

Meeting with the Muslim Community

Bangui, Central Mosque

30 November 2015

Dear Muslim friends, leaders and followers of Islam,

It is a great joy for me to be with you and I thank you for your warm welcome. In a particular way I thank Imam Tidiani Moussa Naibi for his kind words of greeting. My Pastoral Visit to the Central African Republic would not be complete if it did not include this encounter with the Muslim community.

Christians and Muslims are brothers and sisters. We must therefore consider ourselves and conduct ourselves as such. We are well aware that the recent events and acts of violence which have shaken your country were not grounded in properly religious motives. Those who claim to believe in God must also be men and women of peace. Christians, Muslims and members of the traditional religions have lived together in peace for many years. They ought, therefore, to remain united in working for an end to every act which, from whatever side, disfigures the Face of God and whose ultimate aim is to defend particular interests by any and all means, to the detriment of the common good. Together, we must say no to hatred, no to revenge and no to violence, particularly that violence which is perpetrated in the name of a religion or of God himself. God is peace, God salam.

In these dramatic times, Christian and Muslim leaders have sought to rise to the challenges of the moment. They have played an important role in re-establishing harmony and fraternity among all. I would like express my gratitude and appreciation for this. We can also call to mind the many acts of solidarity which Christians and Muslims have shown with regard to their fellow citizens of other religious confessions, by welcoming them and defending them during this latest crisis in your country, as well as in other parts of the world.

We cannot fail to express hope that the forthcoming national consultations will provide the country with leaders capable of bringing Central Africans together, thus becoming symbols of national unity rather than merely representatives of one or another faction. I strongly urge you to make your country a welcoming home for all its children, regardless of their ethnic origin, political affiliation or religious confession. The Central African Republic, situated in the heart of Africa, with the cooperation of all her sons and daughters, will then prove a stimulus in this regard to the entire continent. It will prove a positive influence and help extinguish the smouldering tensions which prevent Africans from benefitting from that development which they deserve and to which they have a right.

Dear friends, dear brothers, I invite you to pray and work for reconciliation, fraternity and solidarity among all people, without forgetting those who have suffered the most as a result of recent events.

May God bless you and protect you! Salam alaikum!









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9 comments

  1. mathe peturu Reply

    it is a great effort by papa.thank u dear papa.

  2. Johnny Reply

    Allaikum salam

  3. Johnny Reply

    And if we had more world leaders like Pope Francis who believes in reconciling people other than gun powder

  4. Berk60 Reply

    “Christians and Muslims are brothers and sisters” I’m not sure I’m following the connection here. It’s a wonderful thing to ask everyone to live in peace but the Pope made a statement which is not true. In order to be in the same spiritual family you have to have faith. The bible said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him." Matthew 17:5 (KJV). This is not a belief shared by Muslims. The Bible says that whosoever denies that Jesus is the Son of God does not have the Father or the Son. So I’m confused how we are all brothers and sisters.

    1. sade Reply

      In peace you can call yourselves brother and sister or do you need Quran or bible to say that? Have a life of God no too many scriptures that people don’t know or belief and end in fire with the bible.God blessing

  5. Arthur Estaris Reply

    Humanity came from 1 womb.

  6. keneonoh Reply

    @ Berk60, please do not misunderstand the holy father, we are all brothers and sisters from the point of view of our common humanity. God simply created a man and a woman not a Christian & a Muslim.

  7. voltin B Reply

    He speaks of his God. They despise that God. They despise Christians. I’m sorry but, we can love them all day and sing kumbaya to them but at the end of the day, they want world domination of Islam and the eradication of Christians and Jews. His speech was written by someone who never leaves the house, reads a paper or has internet. This refusal to see evil for what it is will leave many Christians to die at the sword of these barbarians.Radical Islam is the face of the devil himself. Don’t think so? Still want Kumbaya? You’ll learn the hard way then but, you’ll learn.

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