Vatican hosts Muslim- Catholic talks

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Historic discussions to advance interfaith relations
(ANSA) – Vatican City, November 4 – A historic series of talks between prominent Muslim and Catholic scholars got under way in the Vatican on Tuesday. The two days of discussions, to be capped off by a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday, are focusing on ways to ease religious tensions and advance interfaith relations.

Around 60 delegates are participating in the talks, which opened Tuesday morning with a report from each side on their ideas about how to forge closer ties between the world’s two largest religions.

The discussions are taking place behind closed doors but the delegates will publish a joint declaration on Thursday afternoon following their audience with the pope.