Muslim-Catholic Dialogue Day


Cardinal George and W.D. Mohammed
In 2000, Pope John Paul II chose February 24th as Muslim/Catholic Dialogue Day to commemorate his millennium visit to the Middle East. Each year Catholics around the world are called to celebrate this day with learning and dialogue.

The Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs is engaged in two dialogues with Muslims. One is with the Council of Islamic Organizations of Chicago. The other is with the followers of the W.D. Mohammed Movement. Our Archbishop, Francis Cardinal George, OMI, regularly attends the Annual Ramadan iftar, breaking of the fast dinner, hosted by the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago.

Nostra Aetate
of the Second Vatican Council

To celebrate Muslim/Catholic Dialogue on February 24, 2011 and throughout the year, we invite you to prayerfully, gratefully and seriously study the ground breaking document of the Second Vatican Council, Nostra Aetate, (#3), which states:

The Church regards with esteem also the Muslims.

They adore the one God, living and subsisting in Himself…though they do not acknowledge Jesus as God, they revere Him as a prophet. 

They also honor Mary, His virgin Mother...they value the moral life and worship God especially through prayer, almsgiving and fasting.

…this sacred synod urges all to forget the past and to work sincerely for mutual understanding

and to preserve as well as to promote together …social justice and moral welfare,

as well as peace and freedom.

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Also we invite you to read the Muslim/Catholic materials on our web site – Who is My Neighbor? – brief notes to help us learn about Islam and Muslims