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« on: November 10, 2011, 10:55:31 PM »

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VATICAN CITY — A delegation of Muslim, Christian, Jewish and Druse religious leaders in Israel met Thursday with Pope Benedict XVI in a high-profile display of their efforts to promote interfaith peace initiatives in the region.

The Council of Religious Leaders in Israel was created in 2007 in Jerusalem to bring together Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders in Israel to raise awareness about the need for interfaith dialogue and cooperation in the Holy Land.

The audience with the pope was designed in part to boost the profile of the council, which counts among its members representatives of Israel's Islamic, or Sharia courts.

Sheik Kiwan Mohamad, who heads an association of some 500 imams in Israel, said the fact that the council exists was proof that people of different faiths can live together peacefully, even amid the political unrest in the Middle East.
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Sheikh Muaffaq Tarif, leader of Israel's Druze community, said he hoped Thursday's audience would serve as an example to leaders around the world. The Druse religion is a secretive offshoot of Islam; the Druse within Israel are well integrated into society, serving as ministers, lawmakers and army generals.

While the council is represented by most of the main faiths present in the Holy Land, including the Anglican Church, there is no Greek Orthodox representation due to Orthodox-Catholic tensions, council members said.
Orthodox-Catholic tension is greater than the Jewish-Islamic tension?
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« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2011, 11:00:55 PM »

I thought this was the beginning of a joke  Shocked
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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2011, 11:13:19 PM »

Orthodox-Catholic tension is greater than the Jewish-Islamic tension?

Or the Orthodox don't like things that are done for appearances' sake, without depth and reasons, like these interfaith meetings the Vatican insists on having with every Christ-denying heresy in the world.
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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2011, 11:29:35 PM »

Or, maybe, to promote peace initiatives in the region.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2011, 12:43:27 AM »

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VATICAN CITY — A delegation of Muslim, Christian, Jewish and Druse religious leaders in Israel met Thursday with Pope Benedict XVI in a high-profile display of their efforts to promote interfaith peace initiatives in the region.
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While the council is represented by most of the main faiths present in the Holy Land, including the Anglican Church, there is no Greek Orthodox representation due to Orthodox-Catholic tensions, council members said.

I thought this was a joke, coupled with a naive reporter, as well. I now think there is something to the statement that follows the --snip--. The AP writer, Nicole Winfield, has been with AP since 1993 following graduation from John Hopkins in 1992. She has been living in Italy and covering the Vatican (and the Italian Government) since 2000, with stints in in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Jerusalem, Qatar, and Iraq. She is also a polyglot. More significantly, she interviewed Catherine Deneuve in 1996.

Does anyone have an idea about what the issue is between the the Jerusalem Patriarchate and the Vatican that eclipses the high tension between Islamic Palestinians and the Vatican? Just curious.
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