Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Vatican urges Muslim respect for all faiths

by Riazat Butt from The Guardian

Cardinal Jean-Louis Pierre Tauran, the newly-appointed president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, the Vatican's main liaison agency with the Muslim world, has previously expressed concern about the treatment of Christians in Muslim-majority countries. In one interview he highlighted the "extreme" case of Saudi Arabia where freedom of religion was "violated absolutely" with "no Christian churches and a ban on celebrating Mass, even in a private home" ... The cardinal's Eid greeting does not single out Muslims for criticism. Instead, he described it as the duty of believers to "reject, denounce and refuse every recourse to violence, which can never be motivated by religion, since it wounds the very image of God in man.

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