Monday, September 25, 2006
Pope meets Islamic world envoys
Pope Benedict XVI has met envoys from Muslim nations in an attempt to defuse a crisis in relations between the Catholic Church and Islam.
He expressed "total and profound respect" for the Muslim faith, and said inter-faith dialogue was vital.
"...The inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue between Christians and Muslims is, in effect, a vital necessity, on which a large part of our future depends."
He also quoted his predecessor, John Paul II, stating the need for "reciprocity in all fields".
read whole bbc story
and from Canada Now
“In a world marked by relativism and too often excluding the transcendence and universality of reason, we are in great need of an authentic dialogue between religions and between cultures, capable of assisting us, in a spirit of fruitful co-operation, to overcome all the tensions together,” the pope said.
“Christians and Muslims must learn to work together, as indeed they already do in many common undertakings, in order to guard against all forms of intolerance and to oppose all manifestations of violence,” he added.
Holy See's site a fuller text of the speech