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Imam: Pope Must Say ‘Islam is Peaceful’ to Renew Ties With Islam

The Muslim leader of al-Azhar offered to renew ties with the Vatican, but strongly suggested Pope Francis start off by proclaiming that Islam is a peaceful religion. A Coptic organization has suggested that Muslim leaders are the only ones who can make Islam a peaceful religion, and encouraged the Imam to take on that task.

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Ahmed al-Tayeb is the Imam of al-Azhar and president of al-Azhar University. His message to Pope Francis: before we can resume relations, you should tell the world Islam is a peaceful religion.

Ahmed al-Tayeb is the Imam of al-Azhar and president of al-Azhar University. His message to Pope Francis: before we can resume relations, you should tell the world Islam is a peaceful religion.
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“We are on record for calling out anti-Semitism in the Church and view it as an aspect of Islamization of Copts along with female genital mutilation.”

Pope Francis has not yet responded to al-Tayeb’s offer of reconciliation.  He has, however, proclaimed Christian martyrs under Islam as saints.  According to Rameleh, no other Pope has ever taken action like this regarding Christian persecution (deaths) from Islam.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the U.S. correspondent for The Jewish Press. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com


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