November 7, 2008

Catholic-Muslim Forum a success


by David Masters

Landmark interfaith talks held this week at the Vatican have been successful, according to Muslims who attended.

Muslims at the Catholic-Muslim Forum said they were ‘satisfied’ with the outcome, noting especially the creation of a permanent interreligious committee to promote peace and resolve conflict.

Christians and Muslims at the event issued a joint call for religious freedom, non-violent resolutions to conflict, and a more just world.

The importance of women’s rights and freedom of conscience were noted by delegates, whilst terrorism in the name of religion was condemned.

The meeting was the first ever forum between Roman Catholics and Muslims – the world’s two largest religious groups.

Two years ago Pope Benedict sparked outrage in Muslim groups when he linked the tenets of Islam with violence.

Speaking at the Forum, Pope Benedict urged members of Christian and Muslim communities to overcome deeply rooted prejudices and move beyond distorted images of one another.

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