Ahmad Iravani - President - Center for the Study of Islam and the Middle East
CATHOLIC, Anglican, Sunni and Shiite leaders vowed to do all they can to combat “ugly and hideous” distortions of religion, and to involve more women – often the first victims of violence – in official inter-religious dialogues.
Holding the third Christian-Muslim Summit in Rome on December 2-4, the leaders said that while more and more women were involved in high-level dialogues, there was still much to be done, including recognising that “women play a key role in peace-building”.
The Catholic, Sunni and Shiite delegations at the summit each included one woman scholar; the Anglican delegation included two women clergy and two female scholars.
“Enough is enough. We are brothers in Abraham, we speak different languages, we live in different parts of the world,” but Christianity and Islam both taught that “humanity is one family” and religious leaders had an obligation to resist attempts to divide brothers and sisters with violence, Episcopal Bishop John Bryson Chane of Washington said.