PONTIFICAL COUNCIL for INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE

Third Seminar Catholic-Muslim Forum

11 - 13 November 2014 

Participants and Theme


The Catholic-Muslim Forum held its third Seminar in Rome from Tuesday 11th to Thursday 13th November 2014. The theme it took as its main topic for deliberation was "Working Together to Serve Others". Three particular issues were dealt with in papers from both sides: working together to serve young people, enhancing our interreligious dialogue, and service to society.

The Catholic delegation was headed by His Eminence Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID), and was composed of:

Rev. Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, M.C.C.I., Secretary of PCID
Mons. Khaled Akasheh, Bureau Chief for Islam, PCID
H.E. Mons. Ilario Antoniazzi, Archbishop of Tunis, Tunisia
Rev. Michael Weninger, PCID, Islam in Europe, Central Asia and South America
Prof. Vincenzo Buonomo, Director, Doctoral Course for Jurisprudence, Pontifical Lateran University, Rome, Italy
Prof. Paolo Carozza, Director, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame, USA
Rev. Dr. Damian Howard, S.J., Heythrop College, University of London, UK
H.E. Mrs Pascale Warda, Former Minister of Migration and Displacement, Iraq
H.E. Mrs Anne Leahy, Ambassador Emeritus of Canada to the Holy See, Adjunct Professor, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Dr. A. Tom Adaba, Abuja, Nigeria
Mr Asset Shutenov, Almaty, Kazakhstan

HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan, co-ordinator of the Muslim side, could not attend the event for health reasons. The assembled participants sent him a message expressing their good wishes. The Muslim delegation was led by H.E. Prof. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Professor of Islamic Studies at The George Washington University, Washington DC, USA, and consisted of:

Prof. S. Abdallah Schleifer, Senior Fellow of the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought and Editor-in-Chief of the Muslim 500
H.E. Prof. Muhammad Hashim Kamali, Founding CEO, International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS), Malaysia
H.E. Prof. Mustapha Cherif, Philosopher and Former Minister of Higher Education of Algeria
H.E. Prof. Mustafa Ceric, Former Grand Mufti of Bosnia and Herzegovina
H.E. Prof. M. Din Syamsuddin, President of Muhammadiyah and General Chairman of the Indonesian Council of Ulama
Prof. Abdal Hakim Murad Winter, University Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge University
H.E. Sheikh Naim Tërnava, Grand Mufti of Kosovo
H.E. Prof. Aref Ali Nayed, Founder and Direcctor of Kalam Research and Media, UAE
Prof. Ingrid Mattson, London and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic Studies, Huron University College, University of Western Ontario, Canada
H.E. Mr. Omar Abboud, General Secretary of the Institute for Interreligious Dialogue, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Imam Yahya Sergio Yahe Pallavicini, Vice President, Islamic Religious Community (COREIS), Italy