At Grand Mosque in Central African Republic, Pope Francis Denounces Violence Perpetrated in Name of Religion or God

At Grand Mosque in Central African Republic, Pope Francis Denounces Violence Perpetrated in Name of Religion or God

Speaking to Muslims, Says Muslims and Christians Are Brothers, Sisters; Acknowledges Recent Violence Not Grounded in Properly Religious Motives

Bangui, (ZENIT.org) Deborah Castellano Lubov

Pope Francis has said that Christians and Muslims together, 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.”

The Holy Father stressed this point this morning when speaking to Muslims in the Grand Mosque of Koudoukou in the Central African Republic’s capital of Bangui, reminding those gathered that God is peace. Pope Francis made his first Apostolic Visit to Africa, visiting the capitals of Kenya, Uganda, and CAR, and is due to land in Rome this evening.

“Christians and Muslims are brothers and sisters,” the Pope stressed, after noting it was a joy to be with the Muslim community. “We must therefore, consider ourselves and conduct ourselves as such.”

Those who claim to believe in God must also be men and women of peace, he said, acknowledging, ‘We are well aware that the recent events and acts of violence which have shaken your country were not grounded in properly religious motives.” He also recalled that Christians, Muslims and members of the traditional religions have lived together in peace for many years.

Given this, he continued, they ought 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.”

In these dramatic times, the Pontiff lauded that Christian and Muslim leaders have sought to rise to the challenges by working together to play an important role in re-establishing harmony and fraternity among all.

The Pontiff also strongly urged those present to make their country ‘a welcoming home’ for all its children, regardless of their ethnic origin, political affiliation or religious confession.  If they do this, he explained, the Central African Republic, situated in the heart of Africa, will then prove a stimulus in this regard to the entire continent, as well as prove a positive influence helping to “extinguish the smoldering tensions which prevent Africans from benefiting from that development, which they deserve and to which they have a right.”

The Holy Father also invited them to pray and work for reconciliation, fraternity and solidarity among all people, and concluded, praying that God bless and protect them.

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FULL TEXT: Pope’s Address to Muslim Community in Bangui’s Grand Mosque

‘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.’

Bangui, (ZENIT.org) Staff Reporter

Below is the Vatican-provided translation of Pope Francis’ address during his meeting with the Muslim community in the Grand Mosque of Koudoukou in the Central African Republic’s capital of Bangui this morning:

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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, 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.

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, 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!

[Vatican-provided translation]

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