A strong condemnation of what is going on in Syria with the "killing of many innocent persons, aggression against the sacred character of human life and against the dignity of persons" was made by the Islamic-Catholic Liaison Committee which held its 19th Meeting in Rome, on 18 and 19 June 2013, on the theme "Believers confronting materialism and secularism in society". The Committee’s final statement, released today by the Holy See Press Office, and signed by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and by Hamid bin Ahmad Al-Rifaie, President of the International Islamic Forum for Dialogue, calls on "Regional and International Organisations to do what is possible to stop the bloodshed, according to International Law". Furthermore, the document reiterates both the commitment of Catholics and Muslims to doing "all that is possible to protect vulnerable people at this time" and the responsibility of believers in reconciling "the material and the spiritual domains", whose "inseparability and complementarity" are once again reaffirmed. The statement also mentions the audience with Pope Francis who, the document reads, encouraged the Committee to continue "on the path of respectful and fruitful dialogue between believers for the peace and prosperity of our world". The next meeting will be held in Tatwan (Morocco). ” ” ” “

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