The Roman Catholic Church has reached a landmark agreement on promoting
a dialogue between Christians and Muslims.
"After four years of negotiation," reports BBC, "the
first joint Islamic-Christian committee in history has been
The agreement was reached between Islam's most prestigious scholarly
institution, Al-Azhar University and Mosque, and the Vatican's council
for inter-religious dialogue, headed by Cardinal Francis Arinze.
Al-Azhar is the leading centre for Islam's Sunni division, which
comprises 90% of the world's approximate one billion Muslims.
The joint committee will now work to encourage co-operation between
the two religions.
Cardinal Arinze, at a dialogue
hosted by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic
Relief Services, was presented a plaque inscribed with The Truth About Islam by The Wisdom Fund.
Akbar Ahmed, "A Model Gathering of the Abrahamic Faiths," Religion News
Service, March 2, 2005