The first meeting at the Vatican of a Roman Catholic–Muslim Forum has affirmed the right of individuals and communities to practice their religion in private and in public, while also rejecting terrorism in the name of religion.
“Genuine love of neighbor implies respect of the person and her or his choices in matters of conscience and religion,” stated the 48 Catholic and Muslim scholars and leaders in their final declaration November 6 after two days of discussions.
Catholics and Muslims, they stated, “are called to be instruments of love and harmony among believers, and for humanity as a whole, renouncing any oppression, aggressive violence and terrorism, especially that committed in the name of religion; and upholding the principle of justice for all.”
Respect is due no less to women, the participants said. “We commit ourselves jointly to ensuring that human dignity and respect are extended on an equal basis to both men and women.”