Skip to main content

Sunni Muslim Center Ends Dialogue with Vatican

Nina Shea

Reuters is reporting that the ancient Cairo-based Sunni center of learning al-Azhar has broken off dialogue with the Vatican after Pope Benedict expressed objections to church massacres in Iraq and Egypt and urged Christian communities to persevere in a non-violent manner in the face of what he described as a strategy of violence that has Christians as a target.

Al-Azhar issued a statement with the following explanation: [Al-Azhars] Islamic Research Council reviewed in an emergency meeting Thursday the repeatedly insulting remarks issued by the Vatican Pope toward Islam and his statement that Muslims are discriminating against others who live with them in the Middle East. . . . The council decided to freeze dialogue between al-Azhar and the Vatican for an indefinite period.

Related Articles

Iraq's Christians 'Systematically Targeted for Extinction'

Nina Shea

What's the latest in Mosul? Nina Shea, director of the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom answers this and more on CBN Newswatch, July 23...

Watch Now

The Last Christians in Iraq

Lela Gilbert

Car by car, family by family, frightened Iraqi Christians by the thousands fled their ancient Iraqi homeland over the weekend. With broken hearts and ...

Continue Reading

Israel Unrest: 'Missing You in the Bomb Shelter'

Lela Gilbert

The bomb shelter I share with my Jerusalem neighbors was uninhabitable when I first moved into our residential building five years ago. And that wasn...

Continue Reading