The Vatican plans to respond positively to an appeal by Muslim scholars, in an unprecedented dialogue between Christians and Muslims. As of yet, the Catholic Church has not officially answered the call made last month by Muslim scholars, already hailed by many other Christian leaders. Cardinals in Rome and Vatican City asserted that Catholic leaders wanted a serious dialogue with Muslim leaders to help overcome misunderstandings. This is an opportunity the Lord has given us and put into the hearts of people to work together, said Cardinal Oswald Gracias from Mumbai. The Vatican is expected to invite a small group of scholars who signed the appeal for exploratory talks and interfaith discussion. Aref Ali Nayed, a signatory of the appeal, said Muslims understood the Vatican took time to respond and that a positive response “would be a clear sign of hope for the world.”

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