Al- Azhar and the Vatican agree to confront violence and extremism

The Dominican Father Dr. Amir JAJE a member of the Iraqi Council for Interfaith Dialogue and a member of the Pontifical Council for Interfaith Dialogue participated in the historic Symposium held at the Al-Azhar Al-Sharif in Egypt among the Pontifical Council for Interfaith Dialogue
Cardinal Louis Tauran presided the Vatican delegation, while Sheikh Abbas Choman representative of the great Imam presided the delegation of Al-Azhar.
The title of the seminar was the role of Al-Azhar and the Vatican in the face of the phenomenon of religious intolerance, extremism and violence in the name of religion. It was discussed a number of topics that the participants sought to determine the cause of intolerance and religious extremism, and to propose correct ways to reduce their impact on the co-existence.
Both the Cardinal, the head of the Vatican delegation, and Sheikh Mohi al-din Afifi representative of Al-Azhar stressed the need to communicate and work together against violence in the name and that such violence distorts religion and distorts all the heavenly messages calling for peace and the good of man.
The seminar also recommended in the final statement the government agencies and international organizations and bodies of cooperation to work in the face of violence and extremism groups that affected the stability and coexistence between peoples. There were fifteen representatives from the Vatican and fifteen representatives from Azhar Al-Sharif participated in the symposium.

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