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Meeting Pope Francis on 5th April 2017, Muslim religious scholars from Britain  affirmed their support for a cordial relationship with other faiths. Among those present were  Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra, Maulana Shahid Raza , Maulana Ali Raza Rizvi, and Maulana Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The event was a characteristic gesture of cordiality from the Pope, who has established a reputation for breaking down barriers, whether it be seeking dialogue with other faiths, or speaking out against inequalities, much to the alarm of some sections of the Vatican hierarchy. A joke doing the rounds:

“Pope Francis was being driven through St Peter’s Square when he spotted a group enthusiastically waving the Argentinian flag. Ordering the popemobile to stop, he chatted to his fellow countrymen and took some sips from the traditional cup of mate tea that they offered him. Afterwards, his security officials told him this was not a very good idea. The Pope laughed saying: ‘What harm could come from them? They are a group of pilgrims from Argentina, not cardinals from Rome.”

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