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Make friends and learn to see God in each other, religious leaders urge believers of all faiths

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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople is among the religious leaders praying that believers across the spectrum will be friends with each otherReuters

Religious leaders across the  faith spectrum are urging believers to ‘make friends’ with each other.

Pope Francis, the Dalai Lama, Patriarch Bartholomew and the UK’s former Chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks, are among the leaders who have recorded a joint video in partnership with the Elijah Interfaith Institute and Twitter to make their point that personal friendships can overcome prejudice and fear. The institute is also offering a toolkit for making friends with people of other faiths and traditions.

The statement is intended to reduce social tension around the world by stimulating interpersonal contact between people of different faiths.

The appeal was released as a 3-minute video in 16 languages during a press conference in London.

In their statements on the video, Ayatollah Al-Milani advises people to make friends with

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