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Vatican representative meets with Islam scholar in Cairo


Vatican City, December 3 - The Secretary of the
Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Msgr. Miguel
Angel Ayuso, met Tuesday in Cairo with a senior scholar
specializing in the Sunni Islam faith, said a Vatican spokesman.
Ayuso met for 45 minutes with Abbas Shouman, the
second-highest official with Al Azhar University, a
world-renowned center of religious research of Sunni Islam,
emphasizing the strong relationship between the pontifical
council and the Islamic university, said Vatican spokesman
Federico Lombardi.
The meeting was positive and encouraging, said Lombardi.
"The result is a willingness to resume...dialogue and
collaboration," he added.
The Vatican has worked to mend fences with the university
that suspended relations after the former Pope Benedict said in
late 2011 that Christians were the world's most persecuted
religious group.
Benedict's comments came after a year of incidents
including a bombing in Alexandria, Egypt in early 2011 where 23
Copts were killed.

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