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Pope Francis to Jewish, Muslim and Catholic group: We have the same Father

Pope Francis welcomed an inter-religious group from Argentina made up of 15 Jews, 15 Muslims and 15 Christians. They were on their way back from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

The Pope greeted each person, some of whom he already knew from time as archbishop of Buenos Aires.

With such a familiar environment, the Pope improvised a speech focused on brotherhood. He cited Argentina as a good example, since immigration forced groups to coexist.

POPE FRANCIS 

"The majority of us know how to coexist, it's easier for us, and that's a clear message. It's a message that we have the same Father, up in Heaven, and the same Father down on earth, we adore him.�

For the Pope, the pilgrimage his fellow Argentinians underwent is a good example of how to reach out to others and "build bridges.�

POPE FRANCIS 

"What you have done, visiting these towns, the synagogues, mosques and Christian churches, is an act of brotherhood and a seed. A seed to build that culture of encounter that we all have to carry forward.�

The group, which visited Jordan, Palestine and Israel, included several rabbis, imams and priests. The Pope thanked them for the visit, and after his remarks, they exchanged gifts.

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