WCC welcomes better relations with Muslims.



The head of the World Council of Churches, the Rev. Samuel Kobia, has welcomed an open letter by 138 Muslim scholars urging Christians and Muslims to seek common ground and he said the Geneva-based WCC is ready to help

"It is significant in that it is signed by such a large group of Muslim leaders and scholars from around the world, which makes it unprecedented," Mr. Kobia, WCC general secretary, told Ecumenical News International. "Such a rare unity of purpose gives great hope as to what people of faith can achieve together."

The Muslim document made public on Oct. 11 was addressed to world Christian leaders, including Pope Benedict XVI and Mr. Kobia. It said the world could not be at peace if Muslims .and Christians were not at peace.

"The timing of this letter is also important. Today all of humanity is looking to religious leaders for guidance as to how to respond to the situation of violence in the world," said Mr. Kobia,...

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