Islam, Christianity dialogue constructive to community

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- The secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID) in Rome believes interreligious dialogue would be constructive to community of believers.

A delegation of Board Members of University of Quran and Hadith and Qorbanali Pourmarjan, Iran’s cultural attaché in Rome discussed ‘Islam and Christianity interreligious dialogue.’

Hojjatoleslam Sobhaninia, Darolhadith International Scientific and Cultural Institute International, Community, and Cultural affairs deputy presented highlights of the activities of University; “We hope that the Quran University and Vatican will cooperate to hold an interreligious dialogue,” he said.

He pointed to common moral and ethical values of two great heavenly religions; “for a constructive dialogue, the common agreed-upon issues should be addressed first; since it brings religions together, pushing the differences to the dark of the backstage,” Sobhaninia asserted.

“The foundations of a healthy society are based on the family and both religions put the family on the center stage,” said the University deputy-head.

Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, PCID secretary for his part said that for 20 years Shia Islam and Catholic Church had been cooperating through Islamic Culture and Communication Organization, “and have developed a relatively good level of understanding of both sides’ opinions.”


“We should name this 20-year period as ‘Islam and Christianity constructive dialogue for society,’ since any constructive dialogue would help work out a healthy society,” said the PCID secretary.

Commenting on the status of family in west, Ayuso Guixot said that Vatican lent much value to the core of the family.

Hojjatoleslam Tabatabaei, the head of Ahlolbayt (as) Oral Tradition Research House told the meeting that roughly half of Quranic verses were commonly attested to by all heavenly religions as shared human values, and that “moral values are part of human nature.”

He also pointed to printing of a book, Hekmatnameh (Christ’s moral recommendations) set in Persian and Arabic. The book is being translated to Italian under the patronage of Iran’s cultural center in Rome, and will be published by the next year.



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