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Pope vows to reach out to Islam

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Pope Francis pledged Friday to strengthen ties between the Catholic Church and other religions, particularly with Islam. 

His predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, pursued the same objective, but unwillingly caused an uproar in 2006, when he quoted a Byzantine Christian emperor as saying that the prophet Mohammed brought "things only evil and inhuman."

"It is not possible to establish true links with God, while ignoring other people. Hence it is important to intensify dialogue among the various religions, and I am thinking particularly of dialogue with Islam," Francis said.

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