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Pakistanis protest after a Christian couple was burned alive for alleged blasphemy in November. (CNS/EPA)
By Laura Ieraci Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican said interreligious dialogue with the Muslim community must be strengthened given “the barbarism underway” by terrorists claiming to be Muslims.
The statement, issued by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, comes after hundreds of Christians have been killed in recent months, often barbarically, by Islamist extremist groups in the Middle East, Libya, Nigeria, Kenya and several other African nations. Most recently, more than 20 Ethiopian Christians were killed by Islamic State militants in Libya. Thousands of other Christians in war-torn regions have been run out of their homes by Islamist groups.
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