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Dialogue of Islamic-Catholic Liaison Committee


With the help of God the Islamic-Catholic Liaison Committee held its ninth
meeting in the Vatican, 19-20 January 2004, equivalent to 27-28 Dhu al-Qa’da
1424. The Catholic delegation was headed by Archbishop Michael L.
Fitzgerald, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue,
Vatican City, while the Islamic delegation was headed by Prof. Dr Hamid bin
Ahmad AL-Rifaie, President of the International Islamic Forum for Dialogue,
Jeddah. The theme was Human dignity and humanitarian rights in armed
conflicts. This was treated from a religious point of view according to the
teaching of our two religious traditions. There followed an exchange on
Christian-Muslim relations with regard to some current concerns. Both sides
agreed on the following points:

1) Because we, Christians and Muslims, believe in one God, we acknowledge
that peace is a name of God, and that human dignity is a gift of Almighty
God. We therefore appeal for continuous prayer for peace, and we affirm that
justice and peace are the basis of relations and of interaction among human

2) We appeal for an immediate end to all conflicts, including all forms of
armed conflict, as well as all forms of aggression against the security and
stability of peoples. We affirm the rights of peoples to self-determination,
so that human life be spared, especially that of innocent people, children,
women, the elderly and the disabled.

3) We appeal for the full respect for humanitarian law and for the rights of
civilians, as well as those of prisoners, during armed conflict; and
furthermore that no one be prevented form access to water, food, medicine,
and medical care. We also appeal to the preservation of infrastructures,
property, homes, trees, animals and all that is necessary for life. This
appeal is based on common religious values and the need to uphold
international conventions.

4) We appeal for respect for the sacred character of places of worship and
for their protection in time of war and in peace, and for the right of
worship to be upheld.

5) We affirm the right to religious freedom and the practice of our
religions according to their particularities.

6) We are convinced that violence generates violence, and that this vicious
circle should end. We declare that dialogue is the best way for treating
conflicts and wars and for realising justice and peace among human beings
and societies, and therefore we encourage the development of the culture of

The participants were honoured to be received in Audience by His Holiness
Pope John Paul II, who expressed appreciation for the work of the Committee
and encouraged it to continue its endeavours to promote peace.

Vatican City

20 January 2004/28 Dhu al-Qa’da 1424

Head of the Catholic delegation                                  Head of the
Islamic delegation
Archbishop Michael L. Fitzgerald                               Prof. Dr
Hamid bin Ahmad AL-Rifaie

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