Fostering a more intense dialogue with the Muslim world

Source: FSSPX News

 

On March 8, the Press Office of the Holy See announced the nomination of 18 new members to the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. Among them are: Cardinals Ivan Dias, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and Walter Kasper, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity; Nersès Bédros XIX Tarmouni, Patriarch of Cilicia of the Catholic Armenians; Mgr Fouad Twal, co-adjutor Bishop of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem; Mgr Guy Harpigny, Bishop of Tournai (Belgium). Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier, archbishop of Durban (South Africa) was also appointed member of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

On March 11, 2006, Benedict XVI had “temporarily” joined the Presidency of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue to that of the Pontifical Council for Culture, in order to “foster a more intense dialogue between educated men and representatives of various religions.” He had temporarily named Cardinal Paul Poupard, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture as President of both dicasteries.

 After the address at the University of Regensburg, on September 12 last, Benedict XVI asked the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue to multiply initiatives of meetings with the Muslim world. Therefore, on February 20 last, in the great mosque of Cairo (Egypt), Cardinal Poupard “conveyed Benedict XVI’s regards to Sheikh Mohammed Sayyed Tantawi, together with the pope’s invitation to come and meet him in Rome.” The invitation was “accepted with satisfaction.” However, the visit of the sheikh of the great al-Azhar Mosque “will not take place on March 22, as previously announced. It has been postponed,” declared Fr. Lombardi. The visit of the highest Sunnite Islam authority may take place in May, added a communiqué from the Press Office of the Holy See.