Pope Urges Overcoming of Muslim-Christian Prejudices

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VATICAN CITY, OCT. 18, 2001 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II says that immigration, especially of Muslims to Christian countries, constitutes an opportunity for Christians to "respond with a life in conformity with the Gospel."

That is what Father Angelo Negrini told the press today when presenting the papal Message for the 2002 World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Father Negrini is an official of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers.

The priest said the Pope´s words "encourage Christians and Muslims to put an end to prejudices and to build a common life based on respect and friendship, while pursuing the path of justice, peace and liberty."

To achieve this, "it is important that each one´s life is transformed into authentic coexistence," exhibiting attitudes of genuine Christian charity, which at times might seem banal, but which make all the difference between acceptance and rejection, Father Negrini added.