Militants’ actions reinforce urgency of dialogue, religious leaders say

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Amid frequent reports of brutal killings and attacks by Islamic State militants, the director of an Islamic group in the United States strongly believes that people of faith must “collectively denounce” these actions of “stark evil” and “cruel barbarism.” “We have to be clear in our writings, websites, lectures and speeches” that…

Pope, Turkish leaders trade concerns about religious discrimination

ANKARA, Turkey (CNS) — Interreligious dialogue dominated Pope Francis’ first day in Turkey, with the pope and Turkish leaders frankly stating their concerns, respectively, about discrimination against Christians in the Middle East and against Muslims in the West. “It is essential that all citizens — Muslim, Jewish and Christian — both in the provision and…

Respecting differences, celebrating similarities

Dialogue group helps St. Cloud Christians and Muslims connect on a human level Oct. 11, 2013, edition By Jennifer Janikula No matter where one lives or to whom one prays, most people want the same things — food on the table, a feeling of safety, opportunities for children, a welcoming community and happiness. The fundamentals of humanity emphasize sameness,…