From the Catholic Courier.com, with thanks to EPG:
ROCHESTER — About 350 people gathered in Sacred Heart Cathedral the evening of May 6 to mark the second anniversary of the Muslim Catholic Agreement of Understanding and Cooperation.
Dr. Sayyid Muhammad Syeed, secretary general of the Islamic Society of North America, based in Plainfield, Ind., spoke at the event and was effusive in his praise of the agreement, which is believed to be the only one of its kind in the world.
“Rochester is the ‘Vatican’ of Catholic-Muslim dialogue,” Syeed said during an interview.
He added that his society, which has more than 300 affiliates throughout the United States and Canada, wants to promote similar agreements elsewhere.
During his presentation, Syeed noted that Catholics and Muslims have a positive shared history that is often overlooked. For example, he said that the prophet Muhammad was sheltered by his wife’s Christian cousin. He also called the late Pope John Paul II “the fulfillment of prayers for centuries,” because he renewed positive relations between the faiths.
Father Francis V. Tiso, associate director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, also spoke at the celebration.
“For some people, diversity is no obstacle,” he said, noting that America is at its best when it respects peoples’ religious differences.
Indeed. But it continues to be in Saudi Arabia. When will we see stories like this one coming out of Riyadh?