When has this “dialogue,” which has been going on for years now, ever stopped a single Muslim from persecuting a single Christian? Which jihad attacks did it prevent? Which churches did it save from being burned by jihadis?
“Pope urges ‘sincere dialogue’ as he meets Nice attack victims,” by Catherine Marciano, AFP, September 24, 2016:
Rome (AFP) – Pope Francis on Saturday called for a “sincere dialogue” between Christians and Muslims as he met grieving relatives and survivors of France’s Bastille Day attack, in which a jihadist ploughed his truck into a crowd.
The pope, who this week denounced violence in the name of religion, declaring “there is no God of war”, met 180 people who were wounded or left traumatised or bereaved by the July 14 attack in Nice which claimed 86 lives.
“We need to start a sincere dialogue and have fraternal relations between everybody, especially those who believe in a sole God who is merciful,” he said, speaking in the Vatican’s giant Paul VI audience hall, adding that this was “an urgent priority.”
“It is with a feeling of great emotion that I am meeting you, those who are suffering in body and in spirit because an evening of festivity turned into one of violence which struck blindly at all, without taking into account their origins or religion,” the pontiff said.
“We can only respond to the Devil’s attacks with God’s works which are forgiveness, love and respect for the other, even if they are different,” he said.
Members of 58 families were flown in especially from the French Riviera resort city of Nice.
They were joined in Rome by 150 others who travelled from France by car and a delegation from a French regional interreligious group, including the Catholic bishop of Nice and Muslim, Jewish, Orthodox and Protestant representatives….