2012-07-12 L’Osservatore Romano
We are publishing the statement on the Extraordinary Meeting of the Islamic-Catholic Liaison Committee, which took place on 10 July 2012. The Committee – established in 1995 by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and, on the Muslim side, by the International Islamic Forum for Dialogue – meets every year. On this occasion, beside the exchanging views and prospects for the future of relations between the two communities, a theme of mutual interest was proposed and discussed. From 1995 to 2012 there have been 17 such meetings. The statement was signed by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and Prof. Dr Hamid bin Ahmad Al-Rifaie, President of the International Islamic Forum for Dialogue.
The Islamic-Catholic Liaison Committee held an Extraordinary Meeting in Rome on 10 July 2012 corresponding to Shaban 20, 1433, presided over for the Catholic side by His Eminence Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and presided over for the Muslim side by H.E. Prof. Dr Hamid bin Ahmad Al-Rifaie, President of the International Islamic Forum for Dialogue. The participants exchanged views about the relations between Christians and Muslims in the current situation of the world. In order to continue their deliberations and in the continuity of the dialogue existing since 1995, the two parties agreed on the following:
To hold the next meeting of the Committee in Rome in the first week of July 2013, corresponding to the first week of Shaban 1434, for two full working days.
8 participants from each side will participate.
The theme of the meeting will be: “Believers in front of materialism and secularism”.
A journey marked by dialogue