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Vatican says dialogue not enough to combat religious extremism

Jointly condemning religious extremism, Vatican and Muslim representatives said dialogue alone is not enough to combat it"To counteract extremism, dialogue can be useful provided that the conditions for a positive outcome can be guaranteed" they said after an annual meeting last week at the Vatican"Yet dialogue alone is not sufficient to overcome extremism; there is always need for attention to basic aspects of society: family life, education, social development, the influence of the mass media, promotion of justice and solidarity within countries and on an international scale" they said

The statement was issued on Wednesday by the Committee for Dialogue, formed in 1998 by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and a committee of al-Azhar University in Cairo, a leading center of Sunni Muslim learning


1 - Mar - 2002