Canadian bishops publish resource on Catholic-Muslim dialogue [CC]

A committee of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has published "Catholics and Muslims in Canada: Believers and Citizens in Society."Its release is intended to coincide with …


The resource mentions “A Common Word Between Us and You” which can be found HERE

In 2007, 138 prominent Muslim leaders and scholars issued an open letter entitled ***“A Common Word Between Us and You.” ***The writers note the common elements of belief in God, love of God, love of neighbour, and the importance of promoting peace in the world, since Muslims and Christians together make up a large percentage of the world’s population.

In November 2008, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and representatives of the 138 Muslim leaders who signed the open letter to Christian leaders established the Catholic–Muslim Forum, which meets every three years. At its most recent meeting in November 2014, Forum participants deliberated on the theme “Working Together to Serve Others.”

In August 2008, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity, Religious Relations with the Jews, and Interfaith Dialogue issued a response to “A Common Word Between Us and You”:

We acknowledge with great interest and hope the Open Letter entitled “A Common Word Between Us and You.” … Here in Canada, we are grateful that Muslims and Catholics together with other Christians and members of all faiths, can live in peace and harmony. ….

We endorse and promote the dialogue required to maintain and strengthen Christian and
Muslim collaboration, at the same time fostering a genuine spirit of mutual understanding.
… We pray it be God’s will that the Open Letter help us all in building relations of respect
and cooperation among faith communities

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