International Catholic-Muslim forum Nov. 6-8 in Berkeley
An international gathering of Catholic and Muslim leaders is convening in Berkeley Nov. 6-8, with the theme "Integral Human Development: Growing in Dignity, Catholic and Muslim Perspectives."
While the first sessions are open only to the forum participants, there is a single public session. At 5 p.m. Nov. 8, the closing session will be open to the public at Zaytuna College, 2401 Le Conte Ave., Berkeley.
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, co-founder of Zaytuna College, leads the Muslim delegation at the three-day forum.
Catholic participants include three representatives from the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. They are: Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president; Most Rev. Miguel Ayuso, MCCJ, secretary; and Msgr. Khaled Akasheh, bureau chief for Islam.
Youssef Kamal El-Hage, ex-consultor emeritus of the Commission for Religious Relations with Muslims and professor at Notre Dame University-Louaize, Lebanon, will speak on "What does it mean to be human?"
"Integral human development" is the theme of the talk by Rev. Mohan Doss, SVD, dean of theology at Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth Pontifical Institute of Philosophy and Religion, Pune, India.
Flaminia Giovanelli, representative of the Vatican's Representative of the Dicastery for the Service of Human Integral Development, will speak on "Obstacles and opportunities to integral human development."
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, of Oakland, is among the religious leaders invited to the Catholic-Muslim Forum. The first forum took place in 2008 at the Vatican.
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