Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs


Muslim Affairs

The Church regards with esteem also the Moslems. They adore the one God, living and subsisting in himself, merciful and all-powerful, the Creator of heaven and earth, who has spoken to men; they take pains to submit wholeheartedly to even his inscrutable decrees, just as Abraham, with whom the faith of Islam takes pleasure in linking itself, submitted to God. Though they do not acknowledge Jesus as God, they revere him as a prophet. They also honor Mary, his virgin Mother; at times they even call on her with devotion. In addition, they await the day of judgment when God will render their deserts to all those who have been raised up from the dead. Finally, they value the moral life and worship God especially through prayer, almsgiving and fasting. 

Since in the course of centuries not a few quarrels and hostilities have arisen between Christians and Moslems, 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 for the benefit of all mankind social justice and moral welfare, as well as peace and freedom. 

Cardinal O'Malley's 'Id al-Fitr letter to the Muslim community  (October 2009)

Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue's Message for the End of Ramadan, 2009

Vatican II Declaration on the Church’s Relation to Non-Christian Religions (Nostra Aetate), #3 (October 28, 1965) 

September 2008 - "Islam's Many Faces" by Archbishop Michael L. Fitzgerald, M.Afr., Apostolic Nuncio to Egypt, Delegate to the Arab League, and President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue

May 8 - 15, 2009 - Program and texts from Pope Benedict XVI's pilgrimage to the Holy Land