Pan-Muslim group accepts invitation for Vatican dialogue

A response to Muslims' open letter
A groundbreaking group of prominent Muslim scholars and clerics has accepted the invitation of Pope Benedict XVI for a “working meeting” on interreligious dialogue at the Vatican within the next two months.

According to Catholic News Service, Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal of Jordan wrote to Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary of state, on December 12 to accept the pope’s invitation.

Representatives of Muslim participants at the meeting will travel to the Vatican in February or March to prepare for the event, Ghazi wrote. The Vatican’s proposal was itself a response to an open letter published October 13 by 138 Muslim leaders of Sunni, Shi‘ite, Sufi and other schools of thought in Islam seeking better relations with the Christian world.


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