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Thursday, March 06, 2008

Catholic-Muslim summit to take place at Vatican

Pope Benedict XVI will host Catholic-Muslim talks in November to improve relations between the two religions, BBC News reported Wednesday.

A 2006 speech in Germany where the Pope quoted criticisms of Islam provoked anger among Muslim communities throughout the world. However, the speech motivated a number of Muslim scholars to appeal to the Pope for more theological dialogue.

Although the Vatican has not apologized for the 2006 speech to the degree that Muslims would have liked, the BBC’s Frances Kennedy said that the Pope realizes there is a “need for a wider, if more difficult, dialogue with Islam.”

The summit will be held November 4-6 in Rome. Twenty religious leaders and scholars from each religion are expected to attend.

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