Scholars Address World Harmony Letter To Pope Benedict XVI, Other Christian Leaders

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Vatican, Rome (AHN) – A letter from more than one hundred thirty scholars was addressed to Pope Benedict XVI and the rest of other Christian leaders, recommending better understanding between two faiths.

World harmony could depend on progressed relations and settlement between Muslims and Christians as stated in the letter.

It recognizes the philosophy of accepting only one god and living in peace with one’s neighbors as common view between the two religions.

The letter also says that these two faiths praises the same god which is a principle that they have to keep in mind.

After the Pope made a controversial speech on Islam last year, the letter comes on the anniversary of an open letter given to him from 38 top Muslim clerics.

The letter corresponds with the Eid al-Fitr celebrations to mark the end of Ramadan.

It was also presented to the Archbishop of Canterbury, the heads of the Lutheran, Methodist and Baptist churches, the Orthodox Church’s Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I and other Orthodox Patriarchs.

The letter was entitled “A Common Word Between Us and You,” which compares passages in the Koran and the Bible, making a final judgment that both faiths emphasize “the primacy of total love and devotion to God”and the love of the neighbor.