Senior Vatican cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran has thanked Muslims for brining religion back into the public life in Europe. “Muslims, having become a significant minority in Europe, were the ones who demanded space for God in society,” said Tauran. Vatican officials have long bemoaned the increasing absence of religion in secular Europe. Tauran echoed calls for inter-faith dialogue citing the rise of Islam being discussed, and Muslims becoming active in public life. “Inter-religious dialogue rallies all who are on the path to God or to the Absolute,” said Tauran.
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The first meetings were held earlier this week at the Vatican to prepare for the visit of representatives of the 138 Muslim scholars who have offered to conduct an inter-religious dialogue. The first meetings at the Vatican will take place in March at the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue and will be presided over by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran. The Muslim representatives will meet with Pope Benedict and other Church officials, and hold study sessions at institutes like the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Pontifical Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A landmark meeting between Catholic officials and Muslim scholars that aims to spur dialogue between Christianity and Islam is planned to take place in Rome this spring, a senior Vatican official said. The top Vatican official in charge of relations with Islam, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, said he expected an advanced group of three Muslim representatives in February or March to lay the groundwork for the meeting. “In a certain sense, (the meeting) can be defined as historic,” Tauran told the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, in an edition published earlier this week.
Catholic and Muslim representatives will meet in Rome, in either February or March to begin a historic interfaith dialogue. Pope Benedict XVI proposed the encounter as part of his official response to Christian leaders in October, by 138 Muslim scholars. Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran did not give an exact date for meeting, but said that it would take place in the spring.
By Isabelle De Gaulmyn Le cardinal Jean Louis Tauran, jusqu’alors archiviste et biblioth_caire de la Sainte _glise romaine, prend la t_te du Conseil interreligieux Pour les experts du dialogue avec l’islam _ Rome, la nomination du cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, lundi 25 juin, par Beno_t XVI, _ la t_te du Conseil pontifical pour le dialogue interreligieux est une bonne nouvelle. Non seulement parce qu’elle met fin _ une p_riode de transition, o_ l’existence m_me de ce dicast_re de la Curie romaine, cr?_ en 1988, _tait remise en cause : un des premiers actes de Beno_t XVI avait _t_ en effet de muter en _gypte son pr_sident, Mgr Michael Fitzgerald, en f_vrier 2006, puis, en mars de la m_me ann_e, de regrouper ce Conseil _ _ titre temporaire _ sous l’autorit_ du cardinal Paul Poupard, d_j_ pr_sident du Conseil pour la culture.
ROME. Beno_t XVI a nomm_, lundi 25 juin, le cardinal fran_ais Jean-Louis Tauran comme pr_sident du conseil pontifical pour le dialogue interreligieux, sp_cialement charg_ de la relation avec l’islam. Le cardinal Tauran, 64 ans, est un diplomate qui a exerc_ au Liban avant de devenir secr_taire pour les rapports avec les Etats (1990-2003).