May 16, 2013
Muslims also want to welcome to Cagliari “with joy” the news of the visit of Pope Francis to the city. “The Muslim world just saw the new Pope, and immediately hoped for a change in the Church, especially with regard to an interreligious dialogue,” said the spokesman of the Islamic community Sulaiman Hijazi.
“The majority of Muslims in Cagliari seem happy to welcome Pope Francis and hope that is the right time to build a more solid relationship between Christians and Muslims. “We are talking about people who come from war zones such as Palestine, Afghanistan and Pakistan and, therefore, need a kind of moral support which was missed by Pope Benedict XVI,” the spokesman said, adding “I think Pope Francis will give a renewal to the church.” Hijazi also asked “to be able to be present, along with the imam, to welcome him on his arrival in the city.”