WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Leading U.S. Islamic and Catholic scholars have held a Washington conference to strengthen their inter-faith dialogue.
The meeting was held on Oct. 11 and was inaugurated by the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University and the Center for American-Islamic Relations, CAIR said in a statement.
CAIR said a group of prominent scholars, both Catholic and Muslim, attended the meeting and held what the organization described as "an intensive conversation."
"Concerned about derogatory references to Islam in a recent papal lecture, these scholars gathered to reaffirm both the importance and the vitality of Muslim-Catholic relations. They strove to ratify by their presence and their shared insights the continuing significance of a mutually-supported dialogue of religions and cultures," the CAIR statement said.
CAIR said the scholars "sought to counter any efforts to diminish the positive record of interreligious understanding achieved by Catholics and Muslims in the four decades since the Second Vatican Council. They pledged themselves to renewed efforts, such as workshops, conferences and future publications, which could sustain and expand the good work that has been done by so many Muslims and Catholics to foster deeper interreligious appreciation and harmony."