From our friend Gerard O’Connell at America Magazine:
“In a powerful speech to an international conference for peace in Cairo on April 28, Pope Francis pulled no punches as he called on Christian and Muslim religious leaders in Egypt and throughout the Middle East to join in building “a new civilization of peace” by declaring together “a firm and clear ‘no’ to every form of violence, vengeance and hatred carried out in the name of religion and in the name of God” and to “affirm the incompatibility of violence and faith, belief and hatred.”
"…what is needed are peacemakers, not fomenters of conflict; firefighters not arsonists; preachers of reconciliation and not instigators of destruction.” _ Pope Francis spoke these words today during the first day of his visit to #Egypt. Egypt has become a place where hatred and acts of violence have been a daily reality to Christians and Muslims alike. Pray for Pope Francis, for persecuted Coptic Christians, and for all men & women of good will who are victims of terrorism. Francis is certainly prophetic in his words.