» 05/11/2009, 00.00
INDIA – HOLY LAND
Pope’s trip to the Holy Land helps peace and dialogue, says Indian Muslim scholar
For Asghar Ali Engineer the Pope’s trip will increase “brotherhood among the nations.” Confessional divisions are not caused by religion, but by its “political use.” He extends his best wishes to the Christians of the Middle East.
18/01/2008 VATICAN - HOLY LAND
Pope: May dialogue triumph in the Holy Land, and may there be true religious freedom everywhere
Receiving the bishops of the CELRA, Benedict XVI highlights his closeness to the Christians of the land where Jesus lived, and asks for support for those who decide to remain there. Their coexistence with Jews and Muslims could foster mutual understanding, "necessary to encourage ever greater respect for human dignity, the equality of rights and duties of persons and a renewed attention to the needs of all".
Asghar Ali Engineer, a voice for dialogue between Christianity and Islam, is dead
The intellectual died in Mumbai at the age of 74 after a long illness. A Muslim who was a friend of AsiaNews, he carried out a relentless fight "against all forms of religious bigotry."
18/12/2008 VATICAN - ISRAEL
Holy See-Israel delegation speeds up work ahead of pope's visit to Holy Land
The next round of meetings has been scheduled: four in just three months, after years of inaction. The date of the plenary assembly has been moved up, and everything will be completed before May of 2009, when Benedict XVI is expected to arrive in the Holy Land.
20/05/2009 VATICAN-HOLY LAND
Peace is possible in the Holy Land, with the help of faith, says Pope
In his general audience, Benedict XVI retraces the steps of his recent trip to Jordan, Israel and Palestine. Respect for religious freedom in Jordan. The Shoah, a “universal warning” that must nit be forgotten. The rejection of all violence. An appeal for communications: that “cyberspace maybe a place to promote a culture of respect, dialogue and authentic friendship”.
11/05/2009 VATICAN – ISRAEL
Holocaust can never be denied, belittled or forgotten, Pope says
In a direct approach Benedict XVI addresses issues sensitive to Israel in an apparent attempt to meet expectations raised by his presence in the country.
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