Pope receives Muslim delegation

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VATICAN CITY: Pope Benedict XVI received a Muslim delegation on Wednesday that participated in a seminar focused on steering young people away from religious radicalism, the Vatican said.

The seminar brought members of the World Islamic Call Society, headquartered in Libya, to the Vatican for inter-faith talks.

A Vatican statement said the seminar also highlighted religious leaders responsibility in preventing crises of a diverse nature, especially religious .

WICS members were visiting the Vatican for the 11th time since 1976.

The organization groups some 250 Muslim associations and carries out humanitarian, religious, cultural and social projects.

The Vatican maintains ties with several Muslim organizations around the world.

The most prominent recent initiative has been the creation of a Catholic-Muslim forum in response to a 2006 call for inter-faith by 138 Muslim intellectuals and religious figures. The first forum, held at the Vatican in November, issued a joint call for religious freedom, non-violence and a fairer world. -AFP

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