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U.S. Muslims Welcome Election of New Pope

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/19/05) – A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today welcomed the election of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany as Pope Benedict XVI and urged him to continue his predecessor’s policy of outreach to the Muslim world. In a statement, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said: “America’s Muslim community welcomes the election of Pope Benedict XVI and looks forward to working with him and other representatives of the Roman Catholic Church to advance the cause of peace and justice for people of all faiths. We encourage the new Pope to build upon John Paul II’s legacy of interfaith outreach and reconciliation based on mutual respect and religious tolerance.”

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to:

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