Pope Francis at Al Azhar: Religious leaders must unite to defeat ‘barbarity’

Leaders of all faiths should unite in renouncing religious extremism and counter the “barbarity of those who foment hatred and violence,” Pope Francis said on Friday at the start of a two-day visit to Cairo.
“Let us say once more a firm and clear ‘No!’ to every form of violence, vengeance and hatred carried out in the name of religion or in the name of God,” the pope told a peace conference at Egypt’s Al Azhar university, the revered, 1,000-year-old seat of learning in Sunni Islam that trains clerics and scholars from around the world…more: alarabiya.

West must halt Islam rift – Carr

West must halt Islam rift – Carr Peter Hartcher, Phillip Coorey March 17, 2012 Bob Carr has promised ”no bold departures” from Australia’s foreign policy direction but wants to elevate the worsening rift between Islam and the West and the…