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Pell to host Muslim cleric at Cathedral Interfaith Prayer

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney will welcome Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf to St Mary's Cathedral tomorrow for a lunchtime Interfaith Prayer Service.

Imam Feisal is visiting Sydney at the invitation of Premier Bob Carr, who will also be in attendance at the Service.

Stressing that Imam Feisal is welcome at St Mary's, Cardinal Pell said: "One of the ambitions of Pope John Paul II is to encourage dialogue between mainstream and moderate Muslims, particularly with Catholics, but also with all Christians and all people of good will."

"He has an interesting set of views and we look forward to hearing more from him," said Cardinal Pell. "The stakes are very high. In our own small way we are talking about war or peace. Our Catholic and Christian faith compels us to work for peace."

Born in Kuwait of Egyptian ancestry, Feisal Abdul Rauf has been Imam of Masjid al-Farah in New York City since 1983. As founder of the ASMA Society dedicated to furthering Islamic Art and Culture, he teaches Islam and Sufism at the Centre for Religious Inquiry at St Bartholomew's Church in New York City, and at the New York Seminary.

The Interfaith Prayer Service will commence at 12 noon.

Cardinal Pell welcomes Muslim cleric at St Mary's Cathedral for Interfaith Prayer Service (Archdiocese of Sydney 30/3/04)

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Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf biography (Centre for Understanding Islam)

31 Mar 2004