This week, Pope Francis claimed that Christians and Muslims can coexist:
Francis said he has witnessed firsthand examples of peaceful coexistence between Christians and Muslims. In Argentina, he said, Muslims visit shrines to venerate the Virgin Mary and St. George. “Similarly, they tell me that for the Jubilee Year Muslims in one African country formed a long queue at the cathedral to enter through the holy door and pray to the Virgin Mary,” the Pope said. “In Central Africa, before the war, Christians and Muslims used to live together and must learn to do so again. Lebanon also shows that this is possible.”
The call for peace between religions grows more prudent each passing day as more and more refugees flood into Europe. There is, however, a growing trend within the Muslim population; many disillusioned by extremist practices are converting to Christianity:
Recently, Catholics have begun seeing mainstream media coverage of mass baptisms of Muslims in Europe. Some of my friends who work in Catholic parishes have helped Muslims enter the Church through RCIA. This is a foretaste of something that has never happened before in history and the implications of which are just starting to dawn upon us.
While the U.S. holds almost a half a million converts, this is not an isolated occurrence:
“[In Africa] In every hour, 667 Muslims convert to Christianity. Everyday, 16,000 Muslims convert to Christianity. Every year, 6 million Muslims convert to Christianity.”
Some believe that Christianity is inherently antagonistic toward Islam, and the image of Mary standing on the crescent moon may bolster this feeling in some. Articles like these, however, are helpful reminders that the people so mistrusted by so many because of the actions of a few, may well be standing next to you in a pew, some Sunday.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pray for us.