Pope Francis encourages the Friars’ dialogue with Islam

In a letter dated 9 February 2019, Pope Francis wrote to the Minister General, Br. Michael A. Perry to thank him and the friars for their work of preparation for the eight hundredth anniversary of the meeting of Saint Francis and the Sultan of Egypt.  The Pope encouraged the friars to persevere in the work of presence and service … “mindful that the work of the Friars is rooted in the bonds of friendship with Muslim communities”, and exhorted them to “continue on this path of mutual esteem, free of any suggestion of proselytizing that would alienate those who do not know Christ Jesus as Lord.”

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