Pope Stresses Need for Interfaith Dialogue in Region

June 12, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: AllAfrica.com


Pope Benedict has praised the Catholic Church in majority Muslim North Africa for its commitment to inter-religious dialogue.

"I am happy to see that through initiatives of dialogue and places of encounter such as study centres and libraries, you are resolutely committed to developing and deepening the existing relations between Christians and Muslims, in order to promote reconciliation, justice and peace," the pope told bishops from the region who at the weekend completed their five-yearly visit to the Vatican.

"In daily sharing, Christians and Muslims can find the principal basis for better reciprocal knowledge. By means of fraternal mutual sharing of joys and sorrows, especially in the most significant moments of life, and also through collaboration in the fields of healthcare, education, culture, or the most humble services, you demonstrate authentic solidarity, which strengthens bonds of trust and friendship among individuals, families and communities," the pope said.

The Holy Father also stressed the importance of religious witness in the family, at work and places of study.