Pope Francis To Followers: “Koran And Holy Bible Are The Same”

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - SEPTEMBER 18: Pope Francis attends his weekly General Audience in St. Peter's Square on September 18, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff called on Catholics together with other Christians to continue to pray for peace in the most trouble parts of the world. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

“Jesus Christ, Jehovah, Allah. These are all names employed to describe an entity that is distinctly the same across the world. For centuries, blood has been needlessly shed because of the desire to segregate our faiths.

This, however, should be the very concept which unites us as people, as nations, and as a world bound by faith. Together, we can bring about an unprecedented age of peace, all we need to achieve such a state is respect each others beliefs, for we are all children of God regardless of the name we choose to address him by. We can accomplish miraculous things in the world by merging our faiths, and the time for such a movement is now. No longer shall we slaughter our neighbors over differences in reference to their God.”

The pontiff drew harsh criticisms in December after photos of the 78-year-old Catholic leader was released depicting Pope Francis kissing a Koran. After a long Muslim prayer was held at the Vatican, the Muslim Holy Book was given to Pope Francis during a meeting with some Muslim leaders.

There were several controversies since St. John Paul II was elected as Pope Benedicto XVI’s replacement in 2013. Francis has gone on record to say that homosexuals are not to be judged, Proselytism is nonsense and has endorsed the usage of contraceptive by Catholics.

The plan is for the Vatican and some Muslim leaders to meet again in February so they can talk about spreading the understanding of the Islamic religion.

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN – SEPTEMBER 18: Pope Francis attends his weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Square on September 18, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pontiff called on Catholics together with other Christians to continue to pray for peace in the most trouble parts of the world. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

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