In an address to African Bishops Pope Francis talked about the seminary training needed for priests in order to prepare them to deal with Muslims:
I think it is important that the clergy receive a more structured training in the seminary in order to carry out a constructive dialogue with Muslims, a dialogue ever more necessary to live a peaceful coexistence with them,” he said.
The Pope noted that Africa presents a special situation for Christians because Islam is “strongly majoritarian” in many places. He added that there are great differences from place to place in the “conditions of reciprocal relations” with Islam.
The Pope added that if all of us who believe in God want to serve reconciliation, justice, and peace, “we must work together to outlaw all forms of discrimination, intolerance and sectarian fundamentalism.” On the Church’s part, he said, she “must constantly bear witness to the love of God, the Creator of all men, making no distinction among religions in her social action.”
Hope springs eternal PopeWatch assumes. PopeWatch cannot see this doing anything other than convincing Muslim militants that Christians, especially Catholics, have “Chump” permanently stenciled on their foreheads, but no doubt the current Pope has an insight into the struggle between Islam and Christianity that eluded almost all his predecessors.