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Vatican-Islamic committee meets

July 11, 2012

Vatican officials met with Islamic leaders on July 10, in the latest session of a joint Islamic-Catholic Liaison Committee that has held periodic meetings since 1995.

A brief Vatican statement issued after the meeting said that the discussions had centered on “the relations between Christians and Muslims in the current situation of the world.” The participants agreed that the committee’s next meeting would take place in July 2013, and focus on the challenges of secularism and materialism.

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, led the Vatican delegation at the meeting. Professor Hamid bin Ahmad al-Rifaie, the president of the International Islamic Forum for Dialogue, was his Muslim counterpart.


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