We, sadly, hear regular reports in the media about ongoing persecution of Christians around the world, sometimes involving their abduction and murder; these acts have, sometimes, been carried out by people claiming to be Muslims, saying that they are following God's Will.
Devout Muslims, worldwide, have rejected these acts. It is becoming increasingly clear that godless acts are being carried out in their name. If we take a look at the Biblical roots of Islam, we will see how justified Muslims are in abhorring acts of violence and other intolerance committed by extremists against Christians and Jews. Such common ancestry includes notably, Abraham, “Our father in faith” (Eucharistic Prayer 1). We will find situations where Christians and Muslims coexist, where Muslim women, for instance, willingly use medical facilities provided by Religious Sisters.
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What is called for is Prayer for moderation, that extremist trends in Islam will give way to forces of moderation and tolerance. In all this we must. of course, be truthful and objective, not "papering over the cracks". While both Muslims and Christians proclaim belief in the one God, for example, Muslims explicitly do not share our faith in the Divinity of the Son and the Holy Spirit and the exalted status we give to Mary, the Mother of God.
Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us and for all who help us show love to our persecuted Brothers and Sisters, redeemed by your Son.
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