Pope and Muslims closer to meeting

Dialogue between Pope Benedict and Islamic scholars is one step closer as a meeting between the president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and Islamic representatives is set to take place in March.

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran will get together with a group of the scholars on 3 March to plan a meeting with the Pontiff.

Catholic News Service reports Sohail Nakhooda, editor in chief of Jordan's Islamica Magazine confirmed the meeting with Cardinal Tauran.

Nakhooda was one of the 138 Muslim scholars who wrote to Pope Benedict in October last year proposing new efforts at Christian-Muslim dialogue based on the shared belief in the existence of one God, in God's love for humanity and in people's obligation to love one another.

Pope Benedict responded in November by inviting a group of the Muslim scholars to meet with him and to hold a broader working session with the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and with representatives of the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies and the Pontifical Gregorian University.

Five of the 138 scholars, including Nakhooda, will participate in the March meeting to prepare for the larger gatherings.

Cardinal to host meeting with Muslims on next step in dialogue (Catholic News Service 07/02/08)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
The Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought
A Common Word (Offical Web Site)
Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue

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8 Feb 2008