Pope Francis has reaffirmed inter-religious harmony by stating “Christians and Muslims are brothers.”
According to details, Pope Francis during his visit to world’s most perilous neighbourhoods in the Central African Republic on Monday, November 30 urged the Christians and Muslims residing there to conclude the episode of hate, grudges and bloodshed which has claimed thousands of lives over the past three years.
The Pontiff, penetrated into the PK5; a district in which Muslims who have fled the capital of the Central African Republic are residing, while travelling through a no-man’s zone under a strict security.All the time, during the Pontiff’ visit the United Nations (UN) peacekeepers armed with rifles and bullet-proof vests were deployed throughout PK5 along with armoured vehicles which had mounted machineguns deployed along the route which the Pontiff had to take in during his visit to PK5.
While the mosque where Pope Francis paid a visit had been adorned with sharpshooters, who had been positioned at each and every corner of the mosque. Hundreds of Muslims residing in PK5 had gathered in the mosque listened to Pope Francis as he addressed them.
“Christians and Muslims are brothers and sisters. Those who claim to believe in God must also be men and women of peace,” Pope Francis said. At this occasion he mentioned that Christians and Muslims and followers of long-established religions have been living in harmony and peace for many years.
Moreover, he appealed 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.”
“Together, we must say no to hatred, to revenge and to violence, particularly that violence which is perpetrated in the name of a religion or of God Himself. God is peace, ‘salam’,” the pope said.