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Reem Nasr is a graduate of New York University, where she majored in journalism and Middle Eastern studies. She is of Egyptian and Lebanese descent and is interested in affairs of the Muslim American communities. Fluent in English and Arabic, she hopes to continue her journalistic work in the United States and abroad. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism.
August 13th, 2013
Muslim worshippers attend Friday prayers during Ramadan at mosque in Pakistan. (CNS photo/Mohsin Raza, Reuters)When Pope Benedict XVI resigned from the papacy earlier this year, I wrote about the ways in which the new pope could bridge the gap between the Muslim and Catholic worlds. This is not to embellish that these two enormous masses of people are antithetically aligned toward one another. That is certainly not the case. But over the years the Muslim world has seen Church leadership as an antagonizing force that does not respect it. For example, the most recent episode took place in 2006. Pope Benedict XVI angered Muslims worldwide when he quoted a Byzantine emperor who linked Islam and violence in a lecture…
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