Countering Hate

Terrorists want to make peace-loving Christians and Muslims believe that it is impossible for them to live side by side; it is up to Christians and Muslims to prove them wrong, said Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran of France. The cardinal, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, was in France July 26 when 85-year-old Father Jacques Hamel was brutally murdered in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen. Writing on Aug. 12 in the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Tauran said, "Obviously, these crimes threaten the credibility of interreligious dialogue, but we must continue to meet, to speak and to work together when possible so hatred does not prevail."

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