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Vatican-Muslim dialogue: all persons have dignity and inalienable rights

May 09, 2016

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and Jordan’s Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies have concluded a colloquium in Rome.

The theme of the dialogue—the fourth between the bodies—was “Shared values in social and political life: Christian and Muslim perspectives.” Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the pontifical council’s, led the Catholic delegation, while Prince Hassan bin Talal led the Muslim delegation.

“We share beliefs and moral values,” participants said in a joint statement released on May 7. “Our commonalities are much more than our particularities, and they constitute a solid basis peacefully and fruitfully living together, also with persons of good will who do not profess a particular religion.”

“We believe in the humanizing and civilizing role of our religions, when their followers adhere to their principles of worshipping God and loving and caring for the other,” they added. “We believe that God bestowed upon every person dignity and inalienable rights. They are His gifts that should be recognized, guaranteed and protected by law.”

The participants also said that “our help to the poor and the needy should be offered out of compassion and for the sake of God's favor. It should never be used to proselytize.”


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  • Posted by: Yvonne - May. 17, 2016 3:41 PM ET USA

    "We believe God bestowed upon every person dignity and inalienable rights." Surely the group recognizes that Islamic Scripture considers all non-inherents to Islam "infidels" who should be killed if they do not convert or pay fine NOT exactly what we believe. Further, we do not believe in the same God. Our is a TRIUNE God and Jesus is the second person of that TRINITY. Mohammed said nothing about a triune God

  • Posted by: jrorr19609092 - May. 10, 2016 2:17 AM ET USA

    The Islamic religion allows and promotes the lying to infidels, those who do not worship Alla, in order to be able to take advantage of them at some other date. If they don't summit at that time, they are murdered. Read the history of Islam and learn.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - May. 09, 2016 3:34 PM ET USA

    “We believe that God bestowed upon every person dignity and inalienable rights." Not, of course, including the right to drive---or go out on the street ---if you happen to be a female person in Saudi Arabia. From this document is one to infer that the Catholic Church concurs with her Muslim brothers?