First Catholic-Muslim Meeting Takes Place

November 29, 2005


On November 29, 2005 reported, "Russian Christian and Muslim leaders praised a recent conference on dialogue between the two religions, emphasizing the importance of understanding, dialogue and tolerance. 'In the present prevailing context between the religions of the world, the conference takes on an extraordinary relevance,' The Universe newspaper reported on Tuesday, November 29, quoting the Catholic Archbishop of Moscow. Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz urged different religions to respond jointly to the more dangerous times ahead in a 'worthy and appropriate manner.' 'It is our moral obligation and our civic duty,' stressed the Catholic prelate. For the first time in Russia, representatives of the Catholic Church and Islamic scholars formally gathered on Thursday, November 24, to discuss differences and what they have in common. The meeting, entitled 'Islam and Christianity: The Path to Dialogue,' took place in the main mosque in Moscow to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's declaration 'Nostra Aetate,' on the relationship between the Catholic Church and non-Christian religions."