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17. The Azhar and the Vatican agree to amend school books with texts that insult religious feelings

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17. The Azhar and the Vatican agree to amend school books with texts that insult religious feelings
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2009
Week: 
9
Article number: 
17
Article pages: 
p. 1
Date of source: 
28-02-2009
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Not mentioned
Reviewer: 
Carlos Saqqa
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A group of Vatican Bishops and Azhar Shaykhs have issued a joint

statement calling for the amendment of school books that contain texts that insult religious feelings. This statement came as

part of the activities of the annual Azhar-Vatican Dialogue Committee.

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[For more information about this year’s Azhar-

Vatican Dialogue Committee meeting see the previous article and AWR 2009, week 8, article 22]
A group of Vatican

Bishops and Azhar Shaykhs have issued a joint statement calling for the amendment of school books that contain texts

that insult religious feelings. This statement came as part of the activities of the annual Azhar-Vatican Dialogue Committee

that was held recently on February 24 and 25, 2009.
Members of the committee stressed that the importance of reviving

education and culture of peace gives the role religions play special referential aspects. They also observed that the

insertion of texts abusive to religious feelings in school courses leads to the misconceptions one party has about the other.

The role of the media has been moreover confirmed in establishing understanding and thereby good relations reinforcing

respect among religions worldwide.
Cardinal Jean Louis Tauran, the Vatican’s delegate in charge of relations with

Islam, pointed out that the ease and mutual understanding with which the meeting was held did not seem to have an impact on

Muslims in general. This, Cardinal Tauran concluded, reflects a major problem regarding the way such dialogue affects

society.
[Reviewer: Similar news was reported in October of March 1, 2009 (p. 19)]

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