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Vatican Praises Schools Where Catholics, Muslims Study Together Posted: May 23 2011 12:00AM
by Cindy Wooden
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Schools where
Christians and Muslims study together, as they do at many
Catholic schools in the Middle East, should be supported
and cherished by both communities because they promote
dialogue and lead to real friendships, said dialogue
Delegations representing the Vatican and the
Royal Institute of Interfaith Studies in Jordan met in Rome
May 18-19 to discuss human and religious values shared
by Christians and Muslims for a common education.
A statement released May 20 by the Pontifical
Council for Interreligious Dialogue said participants
affirmed that Christians and Muslims share basic human
values like the sacred character of human life, human
dignity and the fundamental inalienable rights deriving
They said even some strictly religious values are
shared by Christians and Muslims, although other tenets
of faith are not. Religious education programs must make
those differences clear, but without antagonism or
conflict, they said.
Helping the youth to be well rooted in their own
religious identity, participants said, leads to a secure self–identity that is not threatened by others.
The Vatican press release said delegates pointed
particularly to the importance of private and public
schools and universities where Muslims and Christians
Such an experience is to be conserved and
cherished, also because it gives the occasion to create
strong and permanent friendships, the press release said.