Pope urges Egypt’s catholics to be merciful

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Pope Francis urges Egypt’s catholics to be merciful

The Pope has urged Egypt’s tiny Catholic community to be good and merciful to their fellow Egyptians, saying “the only fanaticism believers can have is that of charity”.

Francis made the comments during Mass on Saturday at the Air Defence Stadium in Cairo on the second and final day of his quick trip to Egypt.

Pope Francis is in Egypt on a visit aimed at improving Christian-Muslim dialogue, three weeks after bombing of two Coptic churches killed 45 people.

So-called Islamic State, IS, said it was behind the attacks.

As he arrived in Cairo he said his trip would be a “journey of unity and fraternity.

He is expected to meet with the Egyptian president as well as speak at the Al-Azhar University, a key centre of Sunni Islamic learning.

80-year-old Pope Francis said before the visit that he was travelling as a “messenger of peace” and, as usual,

On Friday, he comforted Egypt’s Christian community after a spate of attacks by Islamic militants, and demanded that Muslim leaders renounce religious fanaticism that leads to violence.

Francis offered a more pastoral tone on Saturday in meeting with his own Catholic flock, who number around 250,000. In his homily, he urged them to not be hypocritical in their faith.

He said: “God is pleased only by a faith that is proclaimed by our lives, for the only fanaticism believers can have is that of charity.”


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