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Theologian proposes world conference of Muslims and Christians

2001-283-2
10/3/2001
[Episcopal News Service]  Theologian Jurgen Moltmann of Germany has proposed that a World Muslim-Christian Conference be held in the wake of the terrorist attacks in the United States-and he suggests that Pope John Paul II might be the right person to convene such a conference.

In an interview with an Italian newspaper, Moltmann said that the immense suffering caused by the September 11 attacks might help promote dialogue between the religions 'because both Christianity as well as Islam have sufficiently strong currents willing to continue on this path.' He said that the objective would be to support peace and 'agree on a concrete step, in view of a new world policy.'

'Terrorism must not be identified with the Muslim world, as it only affects a small part of it,' Moltmann said. 'We must help and support Muslims to defeat it from within. We Christians cannot do so from outside.' He added, 'We need a globalization of justice. Peace will only exist in the world if it is based on justice.'