VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Muslim, Jewish and Druse religious leaders
from Israel have met with Pope Benedict at the Vatican to highlight
their efforts to promote interfaith peace initiatives in the Holy Land.
The delegation from the Council of Religious Leaders in Israel
said they reject all violence in God's name. They also called for
authorities to guarantee access to holy sites for all the region's
Sheik Kiwan Mohamad, who heads an association of some 500 imams in Israel, said the fact that the council exists was proof that
people of different faiths can live together peacefully, even amid the political unrest in the Middle East.
Israeli chief rabbi Yonah Metzger praised the "historic" nature of the audience with the German-born pope and noted that it fell on the anniversary of the Kristallnacht, or "Night of the Broken Glass," the Nazi's 1938 anti-Jewish pogrom.
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