(MIAMI, FL, 10/03/2006) – Representatives of the Florida office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL), along with other American Muslim leaders, met yesterday with the Archbishop of Miami, to discuss the controversy surrounding recent comments on Islam by Pope Benedict XVI.

The Islamic delegation discussed the Florida Muslim community’s specific concerns over the Pope’s remarks and stated that the proper response to the incident is for Muslims and Catholics in the state to increase dialogue and outreach efforts aimed at building better relations between Christianity and Islam.

Miami Archbishop John C. Favalora welcomed the Muslim delegation and reiterated a statement made earlier during Mass: “The dialogue will not be complete until there is dialogue that includes Islam.”

“The Archbishop’s approach is most welcome and we look forward to creating a united front on matters of religious tolerance and interfaith efforts,” said CAIR-FL Executive Director Altaf Ali

CAIR has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

CONTACT: CAIR-FL Executive Director Altaf Ali, 954-298-8214, E-MAIL: altaf@cairfl.org; Melissa Matos, Communication Director, 954-272-0490, E-MAIL: melissa@cairfl.org


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