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Papal conclave drawing interest from other faiths

6:29 PM, Mar 8, 2013   |    comments
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By Sharon Stevens

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - We know that a large number of Catholics are following the goings-on in Rome but what about other faiths? The answer is yes; members of other faiths are interested.

NewsChannel 5 contacted local Muslims to talk about the relationships they've forged with St. Louis-area Catholics.

Faizan Syed, executive director of CAIR-St. Louis, said the relationship between the St. Louis Muslim community and the Catholic Church has been one of positive reinforcement.

As the cardinals gather to choose a new pontiff, other religions are also looking to see if the next leader will address problems and concerns within the Catholic Church.

Rev. Earl Nance Jr., a Baptist minister and a veteran member of the St. Louis Interfaith Coalition, said he'll be looking to see how the next pope will deal with sexual allegations among the Catholic clergy and if the next leader will have good business and administrative skills.

In a statement to NewsChannel 5, Rev. Albert Collver, director of church relations for the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, said in part: "Roman Catholics and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod agree on many of the same social issues. We wait to see how the Benedict XVI's successor approaches these important social issues and religious freedom."

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