Vatican: Muslims and Catholics hold inter-faith meeting
last update: July 11, 16:29
Vatican City, 11 July (AKI) - A group of Muslims and Catholics met at the Vatican this week, the Holy See said in a statement on Wednesday.
The Vatican's top inter-faith dialogue official, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran and the president of the International Islamic Forum for Dialogue, Hamid bin Ahmad Al-Rifaie, chaired the meeting.
Tauran is president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.
Participants at the meeting "exchanged views about the relations between Christians and Muslim in the current situation of the world," according to the Vatican statement.
A second, two-day meeting has been scheduled in Rome in the first week of July next year whose theme will be ""Believers in front of Materialism and Secularism", the Vatican said.
Eight Muslim and eight Catholic representatives will take part in the meeting.
The Vatican began regular inter-faith meetings with Muslim scholars after 138 Muslim scholars wrote a letter in 2007 advocating dialogue with Christians.
The letter came after Pope Benedict XVI gave a speech in Regensburg, Germany on 12 September 2006 quoting remarks by a Byzantine Emperor criticising Islam as a violent religion.
The Pope later apologised to Muslims after the remarks caused a violent backlash, saying the true meaning of his address "was and is an invitation to frank and sincere dialogue, with great mutual respect."
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