Muslims ask pope for 'proper response'

Vatican response so far "misses the very point"
Muslim leaders at an interfaith peace conference with Pope Benedict XVI in Naples chided him for not responding to a recent olive-branch missive from Muslim scholars and complained that the reaction of a high Vatican official “misses the very point of dialogue.”

Benedict spoke October 21 at the opening of the 21st International Meeting for Peace. In a written communiqué, Muslims said they were “still awaiting a proper response” from the pontiff to the open letter, signed by 138 Muslim clerics and scholars and made public October 11.

The Naples conference assembled some 300 religious leaders, including the archbishop of Canterbury, the Orthodox patriarch of Constantinople, the chief rabbi of Israel, and representatives of Islam, Buddhism and Shintoism.


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