World faith leaders delivered a rare joint statement. Here’s what they had to say.

The pope, the Dalai Lama, and Ayatollah Sayyid Fadhel Al-Milani have an important message for you: Stimulate friends.

Created by the Elijah Interfaith Institute, an interfaith organisation promoting unity and diversity, the unique video project features 22 holy leaders coming together to urge people to seek out others who may practice religion and religion differently than they do and unify in friendship.

The leaders call on people to make a sincere effort to forge personal connections…

Imam Mohamed Magid holds hands with a Jewish faith leader during a press conference with an interfaith coalition after the U.S. general elections and rising hate crimes outside the Masjid Muhammad, the Nation’s Mosque, in Washington , D.C. Photo by Jim Watson/ AFP/ Getty Images.

Something as easy as introducing ourselves may be the first step to objective hurtful rhetoric and improving relationships across demographic hurdles.

If nothing else, we can stimulate new friends along the way. It certainly doesn’t hurt to try.

Interfaith religious leaders indicate support for the Muslim community outside the Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview, Illinois. Photo by Scott Olson/ Getty Images.

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