Catholics, Muslims Conclude First Day Of Meeting

(04 Nov 08 – RV) The first day of a three day meeting between a delegation of Catholic and Muslim scholars here at the Vatican ended today.

The theme of the encounter is “love of God love of neighbour”, chosen from the contents of last year’s letter addressed to Pope Benedict XVI by 138 Muslim scholars. The meeting will conclude with an audience with Pope Benedict on the morning of November 6th and the signing of a joint declaration on Thursday evening at the Pontifical Gregorian University.

Yahya Pallavicini is Imam to Italy’s Muslim community and special rapporteur for relations between the 138 Muslim scholars of the Common Word and the Holy See. He outlined the issues he hoped to see addressed over the course of the three days…