Catholic Cardinal Kurt Koch, who heads the Vatican’s office for ecumenical relations, said that Christians “have a mission to convert all non-Christian religions’ people,” including Muslims, to Christianity, with the exception of those who follow Judaism because of its unique, familial relationship with Christianity: both religions “have the same roots.” For Muslims, he added, the “Islamic tradition” in terms of the Abrahmic religions “is not the same.”

Speaking at an interfaith meeting over the weekend at the Woolf Institute in Cambridge, England, Cardinal Koch explained that for Christianity and Judaism, “it is clear we are separate religions but the same family, we are a divorced family,” reported The Telegrah. “We are the same family, we have the same roots,” said Koch, “and in this sense the reconciliation between church and synagogue, between Judaism and Christianity, is a great challenge for the Church.” READ MORE