Shura Council Delegation Visits Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange
A delegation, led by Dr Muzammil Siddiqi, the Chairman of the Islamic Shura Council, paid a visit to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange and met with Bishop Kevin Vann . Both leaders reaffirmed their solidarity and commitment to foster peace and harmony across both communities. They attributed hate and ignorance as the underlying reasons for the inhumane crimes committed by some misguided people in different parts of the world.
Dr Siddiqi, on behalf of the Islamic Shura Council, and Bishop Vann, on behalf of the Diocese of Orange, mutually agreed to jointly convene a quarterly round table for the clergy and lay leaders to further deepen their relations. This initiative will be in addition to the ongoing annual Muslim-Catholic dialog that Shura Council jointly hosts with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. Dr Siddiqi also extended an invitation to the Bishop to speak at the Shura Council annual conference on March 1, 2014.
The Bishop appreciated the idea of Open Mosque Day and assured his and the Diocese's full support and also volunteered to visit the Islamic Society of Orange County on Oct 27th to celebrate this important educational event. The Bishop also applauded the Executive Director for being a faithful witness and for walking 126 miles in the pilgrimage that called for reforming the broken US immigration system as well as a promoting pathway to citizenship.
The meeting was also attended by Fr. Al Baca, Interfaith Officer and Mr Ryan Lilyengren, Communications Director of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange and Imams Sohail Mulla (ISOC) and Said Seddouk (ICSGV) and Br Shakeel Syed, Executive Director of the Shura Council.
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