Rome, Italy, Aug 29, 2016 / 23:02 pm
Shia Muslim religious leaders from Iran and U.S. Catholic bishops say they have a common fight against weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and violent religious extremism.
"Christianity and Islam share a commitment to love and respect for the life, dignity, and welfare of all members of the human community," they said in an Aug. 18 joint declaration. "Peaceful coexistence is built on equity and justice. We call upon all to work toward developing a culture of encounter, tolerance, dialogue, and peace that respects the religious traditions of others."
The two delegations agreed that belief in one God unifies Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
"Religious leaders must provide moral guidance and speak out against injustice and anything that is harmful to humankind," said the declaration, titled "Gathered in the name of God."