The World Seen From Rome; Catholic-Muslim Panel Urges “Self-Criticism And Calls For Less Stereotyping

ROME, FEB. 25, 2004 (Zenit.org)- Vatican and Muslim representatives meeting in Rome agreed on the need to engage in “self-criticism and to struggle against stereotypes and generalizations.” “Religious persons must be more careful not to generalize,” said Sheikh Fawzi Fadel al-Zafzaf, president of the Al-Azhar Permanent Committee for Dialogue with Monotheist Religions, and a co-president of the Catholic-Islamic Joint Committee. Two of the speakers were Catholics: Archbishop Fitzgerald, the council’s president, and Youssef Kamal El-Hage, professor at Notre Dame of Lebanon University and a consultor of the council. The other two speakers were Muslims: Fawzi Al-Zafzaf and Ali El-Samman, vice president of the Al-Azhar Permanent Committee and a member of the Islamic-Christian Dialogue Association.