INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE: SEMINAR IN ATHENS BETWEEN ORTHODOX CHURCHES AND MUSLIMS

Even the Orthodox world is engaging in a dialogue with Islam. From 11 to 13 December in Athens, the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the World Islamic Call Society (AMAI) had organised an inter-religious seminar that brought together 65 people, priests and theologians from different Orthodox Churches as well as young Imams and students coming from Muslim communities based in Northern Africa, Europe and Middle East. The seminar opened with the reading of the messages from Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and from Prince Hassan of Jordan who stressed the importance of dialogue before "the universal questions that confront the world." The meeting was co-chaired by Mr. Ibrahim Ali Rabu, from the World Islamic Call Society (who is currently attending the meeting organised by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue in Rome), and by Metropolitan Emmuanuel of France. The theme: "The chances of building an inter-religious dialogue." "This dialogue among the young – reads a statement published by "orthodoxie.com" – has managed to put an end to some prejudices against the others that were present within the communities and were often caused by regional political situations." Two additional meetings are scheduled for 2009, on the importance of co-operation between Christians and Muslims and on the communication strategies for a "more visible dialogue." ” “

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