New Pope and hope for peace


Originally published in the Twin Cities Daily Planet

Pope Francis I appears on the central balcony

Cardinal Bergoglio was elected as the 266th pope of the Catholic Church yesterday. In his first remarks after being elected, Pope Francis said:

“Let there be brotherhood amongst us.”

As a Muslim, verse 65 of Chapter 3 in the Holy Qur’an reminds us that:

“Say, ‘O People of the Book! come to a word equal between us and you — that we worship none but God, and that we associate no partner with Him, and that some of us take not others for Lords beside God…”

I hope we as Muslims and Christians can unite and establish the brotherhood that Pope Francis alluded to in his beginning remarks.

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Abdul Naseer

Dr. Abdul Naseer Malmi Kakkada is postdoctoral research scientist at the University of Maryland - College Park. He works in the area of theoretical biophysics conducting research into topics such as protein folding and adaptation mechanism in bacteria. Prior to moving to the DC area he lived in Minnesota where he published in various local and state newspapers, as he is passionate about writing on topics related to faith & society.

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