BENEDICT XVI: AT THE MUSLIM-CATHOLIC FORUM, "MEMBERS OF THE ONE FAMILY OF GOD"

Even if Christians and Muslims "have different approaches" to the questions concerning God, they are both "worshipping a God who has created us." Hence, "we have to show trough our mutual respect and solidarity, that we consider ourselves as one family: the family that God has loved and reunited since world’s creation to the end of human history." With these words Pope Benedict XVI has welcomed today at the Vatican the participants to the Seminary organised by the "Catholic-Muslim forum", which opened on November 4 in Rome and is ending this afternoon with a special session at the Gregorian University during which a final declaration will be read. "This meeting," said the Pope, "is a clear sign of our mutual esteem and of our wish to listen to each other with full respect. I have kept your meeting in my prayers as it represents a further step towards a deeper understanding between Christians and Muslims in the context of other regular meetings the Holy See will promote with other Muslim groups. The Holy Father expressed the wish that "the positive improvements" discussed over the past few days "would not be only for a small group of experts and scholars" but would "be at the service of everyone" and would "bear fruit" in "everyday life." ” ” ” ” ” ” ” “

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