Muslim leaders express support for Pope’s visit

By , on January 5, 2015

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MANILA — In light of the upcoming visit of Pope Francis in the country on January 15 to 19, some Muslim leaders have gathered to express support on the much-awaited religious event led by the pontiff.

In a roundtable discussion organized by the 1-Bangsamoro Movement, Muslim leaders ensured the security of the Pope throughout his stay in the country particularly on his meeting with two Muslim representatives in the University of Sto. Tomas.

“We make sure that as Muslims won’t be a hindrance to the Pope on his visit here in the Philippines,” Alan Balangi of 1-Bangsamoro Movement said.

Muslim leaders further noted that the Pope’s first visit in the country would promote peace between Muslims and Christians. According to them, they warmly support Pope Francis for his role in the Roman Catholic Church is almost the same with their Imam in terms of fostering peace among nations and various religions.

Sultan Mohammad Bano of National Federation of Police Accredited Muslim (NFPAM) even said that Pope’s visit would “invigorate the fibers of peace” and “strengthen the moral fiber” of every Filipino whether they be Muslims or Christians.