Collaborative Effort Begins Between Vatican’s Interreligious Council and Diyanet

Pontifical Council and Turkey’s Presidency of Religious Affairs Aim To Deepen Mutual Knowlege

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the Presidency of Religious Affairs in Turkey (Diyanet) have met at the Vatican to explore possibe future collaboration.

It is expected to offer the two entities the opportunity to deepen mutual knowledge and to evaluate further perspectives for dialogue.

Church officials have been calling for this collaboration: In September 2012, Father Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, aired the idea of relaunching a proposal for collaboration during an interview in Turkey with the president of Diyanet.

Heeding the request, Monsignor Khaled Akasheh, responsible for relations with Islam at the pontifical council, is paying a courtesy visit this month to the president of Diyanet, Mehmet Gormez, in order to establish the terms of a formal collaboration between the two entities. (D.C.L.)

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