Pope Francis tells Sri Lanka religious leaders to work together

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Pope Francis tells Sri Lanka religious leaders to work together

Pope Francis on Tuesday, January 13, called on Sri Lanka’s religious leaders to work together for post-war reconciliation on the island, where bitter ethnic and religious divisions persist. Speaking to Buddhist, Hindi and Muslim leaders, the pope said religious beliefs should never be a cause for violence. He added that his thoughts are with the families of the victims of the country’s 37-year civil war. Although the Tamil rebels lost the war, deep divisions still exist in Sri Lankan society. Religious violence has also risen in recent years in the mainly Buddhist country, which has significant Hindu, Muslim and Christian minorities. The Pope will travel to the Philippines on Thursday, January 15 for the second leg of his Asian tour.

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