Vatican plans new outreach to Islam, says Cardinal Tarciscio Bertone.
(Tues.16 Oct):- A November trip by Pope Benedict XVI to Turkey will be a new step
forward in inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue, said Vatican Secretary of
State. In a conversation with the Italian RAI2 television network, Cardinal Tarcisio
Bertone underlined the intention of the Holy See to continue efforts at inter-religious
dialogue, especially with Islam. Squelching notions of a clash of civilizations,
the Italian cardinal pointed to the centuries and centuries of peaceful coexistence
among different religious groups for example in Iraq. The Vatican confirmed Monday,
Oct 16, Pope Benedict XVI’s Nov. 28 –Dec.1st trip to Turkey, saying
the visit will begin in Ankara, the Turkish capital.