Vatican Hosts Talks Between Catholics And Muslims

The Vatican is hosting an event today involving the first Catholic-Muslim Forum.

The idea is to cultivate a better relationship between the two religions.

A moment of silence was observed at the beginning of the talks so that the Roman Catholic and Muslim groups could say their own prayers to achieve their goals.

One delegate described that atmosphere as very cordial.

The meeting was spurred after Pope Benedict the 16th upset Muslims two years ago with a speech implying Islam was a violent religion.

A Catholic and a Muslim scholar each lectured on how their faiths understand the concept of love of God.

The talks will also include an audience with the Pope.

Today’s talks focus on theological issues proposed by the Muslims.

Tomorrow’s meeting will involved religious freedom issues the Vatican wants to raise.