Can Pope Francis prevent a holy war with Islam

Damage to Our Lady of Salvation Syriac Catholic Church, after Oct. 31, 2010 attack in Baghdad

Discussions ricochet around Pope Francis’ ability to reconcile the Catholic Church’s bureaucracy, theology and practitioners. But for a man of Francis’ scope and skill, this is too narrow an assignment. His real task, for which he is ideally situated, is to prevent the world’s descent into religious war…

…Pope Francis has long recognized the honorable aspects of Islam. When he expressed sympathy for Muslims who defend the Quran as “a book of peace” and prayed in the Blue Mosque of Istanbul facing Mecca, he was drawing on long ties with Muslim believers. As archbishop of Buenos Aires, he visited the Islamic Center in his city, wrote a greeting in the visitor book using the Muslim prayer-title for God (”I give thanks to God, the Merciful”) and became a friend of the center’s president.

He is a man with deep personal connections to other religious leaders, and he is able to discern the varying strands and historical stages of their faiths…


The holy war is already going on. And guess who’s winning? What are these writers thinking?

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