He noted in particular the interreligious encounter in Assisi in 1986, the fruit of a meeting between St. John Paul II and a group of young Muslims in Casablanca a year earlier.
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Swiss Cardinal Kurt Koch, who heads the Vatican's department for Christian unity, noted that church's future might lie outside Europe, where its popularity and following has declined over the past decade.
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