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Pope, Martin Luther King share common dream, Vatican official says

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of a dignified life for all men and women regardless of colour or creed continues to live on in the teachings of one his most influential admirers, Pope Francis, a Vatican representative said.

Speaking to Vatican News on 3rd April, the eve of the 50th anniversary of Rev. King’s assassination, Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, Vatican observer to U.N. agencies in Geneva, said both the slain civil rights leader and the head of the Catholic Church have “brought universal attention to a new vision of the world.”

“Of course, Martin Luther King did it in the defense of human rights of the African-American people. The pope, instead, brings a new vision of the Church,” Archbishop Jurkovic said.

Rev. King’s legacy of nonviolent resistance to the injustices suffered by African-Americans in the United States, he said, began a “new era” that ushered in “a general development of society and democracy” in the world.

Picture: A bust of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is pictured in 2017 in Selma, Ala. Today, 4th April, marks the 50th anniversary of Rev. King’s assassination. (CNS photo/Carlo Allegri, Reuters).