Meeting Between Vatican and Muslims To Take Place in Spring, Muslim Brotherhood Likely To Be Represented


Reuters is reporting that a meeting will be held in Rome this Spring between Catholic officials and Muslim scholars that will likely include substantial representation by the global Muslim Brotherhood. According to the report, the top Vatican official in charge of relations with Islam expected an advance group of three Muslim representatives in February or March to lay the groundwork for the meeting. The meeting is an attempt to foster dialog following the long controversy which arose last year when the Pope made a speech in Germany where he “explored the historical and philosophical differences between Islam and Christianity and the relationship between violence and faith.” As previous posts have reported, the speech was followed by an open letter to the Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury warning of the dangers to world peace in the absence of peace between Muslims and Christians. The letter, signed by a large number of global Muslim Brotherhood leaders, was drafted by the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought in Jordan who last year sponsored the Amman Message that was also signed by many Muslim Brotherhood leaders. Last month, the Pope invited unidentified scholars and intellectuals to a meeting at the Vatican for a dialogue. Under the reign of the previous Pope, the Muslim Brotherhood and Saudi organizations such as the Muslim World League had been meeting with the Vatican under the auspices of the The Islamic ‘“ Catholic Liaison Committee which was formed in 1995

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