Hendi on the Pope's Speech:
hope that the impact of the interfaith work built by
the late Pope John Paul II does not fade away after
the statements made by Pope Benedict XVI in his most
recent speech in Germany. The bridges built over the
course of the last 40 years between Catholics and
Muslims must not be brought down as a result of that
speech. Despite my sadness to hear those statements
uttered, I still call on both sides to continue to
engage in real and lasting dialogue to bring about
peace to this world. The success of our fight on
religious extremism, terrorism, poverty, sectarianism
and the war culture depends on our ability to be
sensitive to each others beliefs, respect of each
others traditions and our ability to coordinate in the
work of socio-economic and political justice.
great spread of Islam around the world is attributed,
not to the shedding of blood and violence, which is
incompatible with the nature of the peaceful God
according to Islam. Rather, it can historically be
attributed to Islamís very nature of universality,
cohesiveness and call for reasoning and strong
relationship between rationality, science and faith.
call on all sides involved to heed to the voice of
reasoning, love and commitment to true universal
brotherhood and sisterhood. I ask Muslims to engage
their Christian neighbors rationally and with love and
I ask Christians to reach out to their Muslims fellow
citizens with a word of comfort and care. After all,
Islam is a religion of Peace and Jesus Christ is the
prince of peace.
we stand and divided we fall and fail.