Christian-Muslim meeting in Amman condemns violence
May 16, 2014 - Participants in 2-day Christian-Muslim meeting in Amman, sponsored
by Jordanian Prince El Hassan bin Talal, on Wednesday strongly condemned all forms
of violence, and particularly appealed for the immediate release of school girls
kidnapped by a terrorist group in Nigeria. The third such meeting organized, May
13-14, in cooperation with the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue,
was on the theme, “Meeting Current Challenges through Education”. Held less than
a fortnight ahead of Pope Francis’ May 24-26 Holy Land visit, participants also called
for greater solidarity and better religious education for children and young people,
to esteem the dignity of the human person and respect fundamental human rights.
In particular, they called for respect for religious freedom, peaceful resolution
of current conflicts, the eradication of poverty and the promotion of the spiritual
and moral dimension of life. The Christain and Muslim participans also expressed
the conviction that inhumanity and ignorance and not religion are the cause of conflicts;
hence the need for integral education.