Catholics, Muslims Urged to Look Inward First in Interreligious Efforts

Catholics, Muslims Urged to Look Inward First in Interreligious Efforts

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MUNDELEIN, Ill. (CNS) – Taking on the issue of religious prejudice, the National Muslim and Catholic Dialogue met for the third time at University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary March 6-8. Announced in February 2016, the national dialogue, which is sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, aims to show public support for Islamic American communities. It builds on three regional Catholic-Muslim dialogues – mid-Atlantic, Midwest and West Coast – that have taken place for more than 20 years. Chicago Cardinal Blase J. Cupich co-chairs the dialogue with Sayyid Syeed, national director of the Islamic Society of North America’s Office of Interfaith and Community Alliances. During the March 7 public portion of the dialogue, Rita George-Tvrtkovic, associate professor of theology at Benedictine University in Lisle, and Irfan Omar, associate professor of theology at Marquette University in Milwaukee, delivered remarks around the theme “One God, One Humanity: Confronting Religious Prejudice.”