Pakistan Muslim clerics praise Pope Francis
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Pope seen as 'prophet of love' helping Syrian refugees and standing up for interfaith harmony
Pope Francis gestures at St Peter's Square at the Vatican on Sept. 3. (Photo by AFP)
Islamic scholars and clerics paid tribute to Pope Francis for strengthening ties with the Muslim world and helping Syrian refugees at a UN World Peace Day celebration on Sept. 18.
Holding up a magazine carrying photo of the pope’s recent meeting with the Grand Imam of Sunni al-Azhar University, Mufti Syed Ashiq Hussain addressed a gathering at the Dominican Peace Center in Lahore. The mufti was speaking at the celebration of World Peace Day and Eid al-Adha organized by the United Religious Initiative Pakistan and the Dominican Peace Center. The actual date of the U.N. special day is Sept. 21.
"To educated Muslims, Pope Francis is a prophet of love," he said. "He has set an example to respect mankind and human dignity which has become an argument for peace activists and has ashamed hate promoters. His action shows what he carries in his heart. More people should share his stories on social media," he said.
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