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ISLAM - VATICAN
OIC: interreligious dialogue as a condition for world peace
Organisation of the Islamic Conference releases a statement on the meeting between Pope Francis and the secretary general of the OIC, focusing on the need for greater efforts to encourage religious pluralism and cultural diversity against the spread of fanaticism and prejudice. The communiqué also expresses concern for Syria, and stresses the "historic reconciliation" between Islam and Christianity.
Rome (AsiaNews) -
The need for greater efforts to encourage religious pluralism and cultural
diversity by fighting the spread of fanaticism and prejudice was the focus of Friday's
audience between Pope Francis and Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu (pictured), secretary general of the Organisation of the Islamic
Conference (OIC), which brings together 57 Muslim countries, this according to a
statement released today by the Organisation of the Islamic Conference.
In the communiqué,
Ihsanoglu shared with His Holiness his vision about the need for a "historic
reconciliation" between Islam and Christianity "based on the [ir] common
Abrahamic roots [. . .] in order to support multiculturalism and harmonious
societies. His Holiness commended the proposal of the Secretary General and
stressed the need to follow it up."
release also "stressed" the point "that interreligious dialogue is a necessary
condition for peace in the world, and as such it is a duty for adherents of all
was also expressed regarding the increase of inter-communal tension between
Muslim and Christian communities and over the transformation of communal
conflicts in some parts of the world into religiously motivated conflicts, even
though the root causes are not religious in nature."
release went on to emphasise the need for cultural activities to underpin interfaith
dialogue. It also said that "Views were exchanged on regional and
international developments, especially the situation in Palestine, and the hope
was expressed that the Holy City of Jerusalem be a City where Jews, Christians
and Muslims may live and worship in peace and harmony."
and dismay were also expressed about the continuation of violence in Syria
which requires a solution based on dialogue and negotiation."
meeting the OIC Secretary General expressed his appreciation for the audience
with Pope Francis and commended his vision to revitalize the dialogue between
Christians and Muslims at a time when this dialogue has taken on ever-greater
importance, as today the presence of Muslims in historically Christian
countries has expanded, while some OIC countries either have native Christian
communities or have witnessed in recent years arrival of Christians as guest
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