Statement on Islamic-Catholic Committee Meeting

"There Can Be No True and Lasting Peace Without Justice"

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VATICAN CITY, JUNE 15, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Here is a statement from the Islamic-Catholic Liaison Committee on its 14th meeting, which ended Friday.

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With the help of God, the Islamic-Catholic Liaison Committee held its fourteenth meeting in the Vatican, on 11-13 June 2008, correspondent to 7-9 Jumada the 2nd 1429 H. The Catholic Delegation was headed by H.E. Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Vatican City, while the Islamic Delegation was headed by H.E. Prof. Dr. Hamid bin Ahmad Al-Rifaie, President of the International Islamic Forum for Dialogue, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The theme was "Christians and Muslims as Witnesses of the God of Justice, of Peace and of Compassion in a World Suffering from Violence". The topic was treated from a religious point of view according to the teaching of our two religious traditions. Both sides agreed on the following points:

1) From the inherent dignity of each human being stem fundamental rights and duties.

2) Justice is a priority in our world. It requires, beyond the implementation of the existing legal provisions, the respect of the fundamental needs of individuals and peoples through an attitude of love, fraternity and solidarity. There can be no true and lasting peace without justice.

3) Peace is a gift from God and also requires the commitment of all human beings, and particularly believers, who are called to be vigilant witnesses to peace in a world afflicted by violence in many forms.

4) Christians and Muslims believe that God is compassionate and therefore they consider it their duty to show compassion towards every human person, especially the needy and the weak.

5) Religions, if authentically practiced, effectively contribute in promoting brotherhood and harmony in the human family.

The participants were honoured to be received by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, who encouraged them to continue their endeavours for tje promotion of justice and peace.

Cardinal Jean Louis Tauran

President
Pontifical Council
for Interreligious Dialogue

Prof. Dr. Hamid Ahmad Al-Rifaie

President
International Islamic Forum Dialogue