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Pope urges dialogue with Islam

Also seeks closer ties with China

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis appealed for more intense dialogue with Islam on Friday, while calling on church leaders to renew diplomatic discourse with countries that do not have official ties with the Holy See, like China.

The pope addressed ambassadors from the 180 countries accredited with the Holy See, urging them to share his objectives: fighting poverty, building peace, and establishing ‘‘true links of friendship between all people’’ by building bridges between them.

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