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Italian Muslim community welcomes new pope

'Brothers in the faith of the One God' says COREIS

Italian Muslim community welcomes new pope

Rome, March 15 - The Italian Muslim community on Friday issued a statement wishing "blessings and peace" upon newly elected Pope Francis. "As Muslims, we wish to express to all Catholics, our brothers in the faith of the One God, our most heartfelt wishes for the new leadership of the Catholic Church," said the Italian Islamic Religious Community COREIS. The group said it hoped for "true harmony" between Catholics and Muslims, and prayed that the new pontificate would be in line with "a universal recognition of all orthodoxies founded in the belief of the One God". The statement recalled the "historic meeting" between Shaykh Abd al-Wahid Pallavicini, in charge of interfaith dialogue at Rome's mosque, and John Paul II in Assisi in 1986.

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