sabato 6 marzo 2021

Iraq
Pope and Ayatollah walk together in footsteps of Abraham

(Christopher Lamb, The Tablet)
Pope Francis’ historic meeting with Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani marks a new step in Christian-Muslim relations. This is a moment that ranks alongside St John Paul II’s first official papal visits to a synagogue in 1986 and mosque in 2001. The foundation stone for these groundbreaking moves is the Second Vatican Council’s declaration, Nostra Aetate, which unequivocally condemned anti-semitism, and opened a dialogue with Islam. (...)

-Pope’s meeting with Shia cleric in Iraq a new phase of interfaith dialogue (Inés San Martín, Crux)
-Pope urges religious leaders to denounce ‘blasphemy’ of violence in God’s name (Inés San Martín, Crux)
-Pope Francis makes landmark visit to Iraq’s top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani (CNA)
-Pope Francis appeals for interreligious harmony at birthplace of Abraham (CNA)
-Francis tells Iraqi faith leaders: violence in name of religion 'greatest blasphemy' (Joshua J. McElwee, NCReporter)