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Muslim Aid Congratulates the Pope

Muslim Aid has congratulated the new Head of the Catholic Church, His Holiness Pope Francis, on the formal start of his Papacy.

In a letter of felicitations to the Pope, the Chairman of Muslim Aid said: “Muslim Aid is impressed by the lifelong commitment of His Holiness Pope Francis to serve the poor, the weakest and the ordinary people who make up the majority of humanity in the world. Muslim Aid admires the Pope’s most compassionate stance for healing the wounds caused by differences in faith and beliefs and his efforts to build bridges of understanding and cooperation between different faiths and civilisations. We pray that the Pope will be able to respond to the challenges facing our religion and our society through his wisdom, love of humanity and faith in God.”

As a faith-based charity, Muslim aid has worked with international NGOs, including charities of other faiths, in delivering emergency relief and poverty alleviation projects to help the needy beneficiaries around the world.

Notes to editors • Muslim Aid is a relief and development agency set up in the United Kingdom in 1985 to provide humanitarian assistance to disaster affected countries and to help poor and vulnerable communities overcome poverty. Over the last 27 years, Muslim Aid has delivered services in over 70 countries worldwide. Muslim Aid works with all communities irrespective of faith, ethnic origin or political system. Muslim Aid programmes include emergency relief, capacity building through water, sanitation and health programmes, education and skills training, microfinance and income generation and orphan care. As well as giving practical assistance, Muslim Aid tackles poverty by developing sustainable solutions, advocating for a more just and sustainable future. • For further information about the work of Muslim Aid and its overseas field offices, please visit the Muslim Aid website at www.muslimaid.org to tune in to Muslim Aid TV or go to our Twitter Account Muslim_Aid or contact PR office on (+44) 020 7377 4200; media@muslimaid.orgThis or via post on PO Box 3| London | E1 1WP.

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