Pope Francis calls for sincere dialogue between Muslims and Christians

On Saturday, Pope Francis met with the Bastille Day terror attack victims. Francis offered his condolences to the families of those who were murdered in the attack and comforted the victims. In addition, he called for an interfaith dialogue.
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Pope Francis met in Rome on Saturday with the relatives of those who were murdered in the Bastille Day terror attack as well as the survivors. Francis told the grieving relatives and survivors that he shares their pain and then called for a “sincere dialogue” between Muslims and Christians.

"I wish to share in your pain, a pain that is even greater when I think of the children, or indeed entire families, whose life was taken from them suddenly and so dramatically," the Pope said.

Francis prayed for those who are still recovering from the attack and thus could not travel to Rome in order to meet with him. In addition, Francis called on senior level politicians and Muslim and Christian leaders to embark on a dialogue. “It is possible to respond to assaults by the devil only with the works of God, which are forgiveness, love and respect for our neighbor even if he or she is different,” he proclaimed.

While many were celebrating Bastille Day at Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France on the evening of July 14th, Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel drove a big cargo truck into the crowd, murdering more than 80 people. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack. Less than two weeks later, two ISIS terrorists raided a church in France and slit the throat of Father Jacques Hamel, an elderly priest.

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