JOINT ISLAMIC-CATHOLIC COMMITTEE MEETS IN MOROCCO

VATICAN CITY, JUN 27, 1997

(VIS) - The Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue held the third meeting of the Joint Islamic-Catholic Committee on June 18-19 in Rabat, Morocco.

This committee was formed in June 1995. The council today made public the following communique in French on that meeting:

"The Islamic delegation was led by Senator Kamil al-Sharif, secretary general of the International Islamic Council for the Da'wah and Humanitarian Aid, while the Catholic delegation was led by Cardinal Francis Arinze, president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue.

"The two parties examined two major themes: first, how Muslims and Christians speak of each other; second, the rights of minorities. The two parties exchanged views and perspectives on the situations and concepts brought up during their conversations, which were always marked by a spirit of understanding and frankness. Participants confirmed their sincere desire to understand the problems which minorities face in several countries of the world, to contribute to overcoming the difficulties they suffer, and also to generate collaboration so as to better the life of modern society today."