Pope Francis denounces religious fundamentalism across Middle East

Pope Francis has urged Muslim leaders to unite in renouncing religious extremism during the first day of his two-day trip to Egypt.

The visit, amid tight security, is aimed at strengthening ties with Muslim leaders and comes after two deadly attacks on Egyptian Coptic churches this month left 45 people dead.

The Pope spent much of the day addressing an array of religious and political leaders, repeating his message that dialogue is the only way to overcome Islamic fundamentalists who’ve persecuted Christians.

He also paid tribute to the victims of the deadly attack in Cairo last December and offered his heartfelt condolences.

On Saturday the Pope is due to celebrate an open air Mass at a military arena.

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