Spain to host Saudi-proposed inter-faith forum

Saudi Arabia and Spain have agreed to hold an interfaith dialogue of Muslims, Jews, and Christians to be held next month in Madrid. King Abdullah had called for the dialogue. The event will take place by the Saudi-based World Muslim League on July 16th-18th. The dialogue will include Prominent figures among followers of the divine messages will take part in dialogue concerning life in human societies, international cooperation, human rights, and issues of security, peace and living together in the world.

Italian Muslims Endorse Pope’s Criticism of West

ROME – The leaders of Muslim communities in Italy endorsed on Monday statements by pope Benedict XVI who warned that Africa and Asia feel threatened by the West’s materialism and secularism. “We agree with the pope,” said Roberto Piccardo, the spokesman of Italy’s largest Muslim group UCOII. “It is true that Muslims are puzzled by a West which is hostage to a materialistic system.” Mario Scialoja, the former president of the World Muslim League, also expressed support for the pope’s words, saying that the “West’s exclusion of God leads to the wrong life models.”