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Pope values Quran
as a precious book
Pope Benedict XVI has paid world, he said no effort should and the Vatican and offered
reverence to the Holy Quran be spared in this regard, Iran’s Pope a copy of the Quran. In
and termed it as precious. Press TV reported. For his part, a joint statement last month,
Issues discussed about faith head of Iran’s Islamic Culture both sides said they had
and reason in Christianity and and Relations Organisation drawn similar conclusions on
sides also conceded that
Islam were very important and Mahdi Mostafavi responded several issues including ‘the
religions should be interpreted
need consideration, said the that there is an overwhelming non-violent essence of faith’.
according to a ‘holistic
Pope in a meeting with Mahdi need for faith and reason now “Neither reason nor faith
view’ and not by selective
Mostafavi, head of Iran’s high- compared to the past. should be used by violence;
interpretations of texts taken
ranking visiting delegation to Mostafavi also voiced unfortunately, both of them
from their holy books.
the Vatican. Tehran’s readiness to have been sometimes misused
Tehran has agreed to host
Stressing the importance promote cultural and religious to perpetrate violence,” the
the next round of Iran-Vatican
of faith and reason in today’s cooperation between Iran statement read. The two
talks in 2010.
Dow Jones
Centre for
Islamic Market
Islamic-Christian
Dialogue planned
in Germany
Prime Minister Christian Wulff
of Lowez Saxony - a federal
state of Germany, said he is
planning to establish a Centre
for Islamic-Christian Dialogue
in the city of Osanabruck.
Dow Jones Indexes, a leading The index is designed
Wulff from the Democratic
global index provider, last to serve as underlying for
Christian Party said that the
month launched the Dow investment products such
Centre will be a major one in
sciences and differences
Jones Islamic Market (DJIM) as mutual funds, exchange-
Germany and the neighbouring
between the two religions.
China Offshore Hong Kong traded funds and other
European countries. The
The cost of the Centre is
Index. investable products. “The Dow
Centre will organize European
expected to amount to about
The index represents the Jones Islamic Market China
and international conferences
two million Euros. Wulff
performance of companies Offshore Hong Kong Index is
with the participation of
expressed optimism that the
that have been screened another innovative addition
scholars from the two religions
Center would be supported by
for compliance with Islamic to the highly successful Dow
in addition to scientists in
some Muslim countries.
principles and whose primary Jones Islamic Market index
medicine, astronomy and
Osanabruck is a historical
operations are in mainland series following a unique and
other human sciences.
city. It includes the graves of
China but trade on the Hong superior methodology,” said
Wulff pointed out that
some Muslim soldiers who
Kong stock exchange. Stocks Dow Jones Indexes editor
the dialogue should be a
had participated in the siege
included in the index are H- and executive director John
comprehensive dialogue and
imposed by the Ottomans on
Shares and Red Chips. Prestbo.
not confined to the religious
Vienna.
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