Pope Francis: Christianity and Islam Protect ‘Common Values’

Chrislam it is, then. We have three choices.

Christianity and Islam have more in common than people think, Pope Francis said Wednesday, and the two religions defend common values that are necessary for the future of civilization.

“Despite the diversity of cultures and traditions, the Christian and Islamic worlds appreciate and protect common values: life, family, religious sense, honor for the elderly, the education of the young, and others as well,” the pope told the crowds gathered in Saint Peter’s Square for his weekly general audience.

The pontiff devoted his weekly address to recapping highlights from his recent three-day trip to the United Arab Emirates, the first visit ever from a pope to the Arabian Peninsula, the birthplace of Islam.

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“In an era like our own,” Francis said, “in which the temptation is strong to see a clash between the Christian and Islamic civilizations and to consider religions as sources of conflict, we wanted to give a clear and decisive sign, that it is possible to come together, to respect one another and to dialogue.”

On Monday, the pope met with Emirate leaders and signed a joint declaration together with Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, the grand imam of Cairo’s Al-Azhar University, condemning “acts of murder, exile, terrorism and oppression” carried out in God’s name.

We “resolutely declare that religions must never incite war, hateful attitudes, hostility and extremism, nor must they incite violence or the shedding of blood,” the document reads. “These tragic realities are the consequence of a deviation from religious teachings.”

In Wednesday’s address in the Vatican, Francis said that the text served to jointly affirm “the common vocation of all men and women to be brothers and sisters because they are God’s sons and daughters, and we condemn all forms of violence, especially those with religious motivation.”

On Tuesday, the pope celebrated an outdoor Mass in Abu Dhabi with the attendance of an estimated 170,000 faithful, the largest public act of Christian worship ever held on the Arabian Peninsula.

At this high-point of his historic three-day visit to the United Arab Emirates, the pontiff told the faithful to be “oases of peace” during his homily, in which he also urged them to live by the Beatitudes preached by Jesus.

The pope called the trip “short but very important,” declaring that it represents “a new page in the history of dialogue between Christianity and Islam and in the commitment to promote peace in the world on the basis of human brotherhood.”

“A pope went to the Arabian Peninsula for the first time,” Francis said Wednesday. “And Providence wanted it to be a pope by the name of Francis, 800 years after the visit of St. Francis of Assisi to the sultan al-Malik al-Kamil.”

“I often thought of Saint Francis during this journey: he helped me to keep the Gospel, the love of Jesus Christ in my heart, while I was living the various moments of the visit,” he said.

The pope said that during the trip he prayed that “dialogue between Christianity and Islam might be a decisive factor for peace in today’s world.”

3 thoughts on “Pope Francis: Christianity and Islam Protect ‘Common Values’”

  1. The infallible Poope is ultimately right, though.

    Re: “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” Pity your enemies instead of their victims?! Only criminals say that!

    Who demands that we should always have victim-betraying pity for criminals rather than their victims?! Only criminals do
    such things! Even if they say we should pity both equally as fellow victims, it only denies the fact that the commission of crimes can only come through the exercise of free-will choice!

    The bible teaches people to be pathetic. Christianity is sad victimology. What were Jesus’ own famous last words, again?

    Oh yeah: “Pity criminal murderers as fellow victims because they’re too ignorant to have intent.”

    And if we have no free will (“forgive them for they know not what they do”) then god is only a slaver, and the muslims are right to be proud slaves of unknowably unknown “allah.”

    Of course, what they claim as holy writ is still only common criminal hypocrisy: “Only we are always victims, and if you don’t pity us then you are the real criminals we must attack!”

    Perpetual pity IS “Corruption” of rationality, not true morality; and so is “mercy”-based Christianity.

    It’s just as much a form of slavery as is perpetual anger-based islam; they are COMPLEMENTARY opposites!

    Both Christianity and islam are forms of idolatry, where a pre-existing static pattern of literally psychotic, thought-killing ritual behaviour is urged to be imposed in advance on all dynamic situational circumstances which can ever occur in our lives; such “religions” are pointless and destructive slavery to our fears: one advocates pointless eternal anger and the other pointless pity; both Submitting to the mindless, static form of the emotion of fear known as despair, surrendering our free will to the external, inevitable force excuse for perpetually criminally negligent delinquency they both call “God.”

    Even the much-lauded “Faith” really only means hope – it’s nothing but a subjective human emotion pumped up as objective “morality.” True morality needs no god/s, (except for the Truth) and in fact to worship any god as the fount of morality is definitively immoral.

    ALL “religions” are designed to short-circuit thinking by pretending emotions are morals.

    Aggressively angry, militaristic islam embraces holy violence, while fearful pacifistic Christianity embraces non-violent giving up in the face of military aggression.

    As someone once noted: “The only thing Militarism (islam) and Pacifism (Christianity) have in common, is their mutual desire that there should be no resistance to military aggression!”



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