Express Tribune: VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Friday called for the Roman Catholic Church to “intensify” its dialogue with Islam and with non-believers, condemning the “spiritual poverty” of the “rich countries” of the world.
“It is important to intensify dialogue among the various religions and I am thinking particularly of dialogue with Islam,” the new pontiff said in an address to foreign ambassadors at the Vatican.
“It is also important to intensify outreach to non-believers so that the differences which divide and hurt us may never prevail but rather the desire to build true links of friendship,” he said.
The Argentine pope said he wanted to “build bridges connecting all people” and said this was particularly significant for him personally because of his own Italian immigrant roots.
“This dialogue between places and cultures a great distance apart matters greatly to me,” he said.