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Washington Cathedral participates in Rome interfaith summit

Posted on: December 24, 2014 8:09 PM
The Anglican/Episcopal delegation at the Private Audience with the Pope.
Photo Credit: Washington Cathedral

From Washington National Cathdral

Following Pope Francis' recent visit to Turkey during which he offered prayers in the 17th century Sultan Ahmet Mosque, Washington National Cathedral participated in a Summit of Christian and Muslim Religious Leaders in Rome, Italy.  

The effort was first launched in 2010 by the National Cathedral, the Rt Revd John Bryson Chane, the 8th Bishop of Washington  and Senior Advisor for Interfaith Relations, Washington National Cathedral, and the Revd Canon John L. Peterson, Director of the Cathedral’s Center for Global Justice and Reconciliation.

“An interesting and shared strength of Christianity and Islam is their engagement with politics and religion ... [Thus] Christianity and Islam have at this moment in time a great opportunity to work together effectively with governments and civil societies currently in turmoil, ” stated Bishop Chane in a “Call to Action” released following the Summit.

Drawing clergy and religious scholars from five continents, the Summit was titled “Christians and Muslims: Believers in Society” and was attended by Shi’ite, Sunni,  Anglican/Episcopal and Roman Catholic leaders. 

This year’s three-day conference emphasized the strengths and challenges facing Christianity and Islam. One of the Summit’s principal areas of discussion engaged the ways the two religions can work together to create an overarching culture of peace and harmony.  Attendants were also invited to a Private Audience with the Pope.

The released “Call to Action” called for peace in areas of violent conflict, recognized the progress that has been made and must be continued to be made for the protection of women, and condemned the use of religion to legitimize any unjust action. Additionally, the “Call to Action” emphasized the great need to develop a sense of well-being and fraternity among Christians and Muslims.

A full list of Summit delegation members is included below.

More information can be found on the National Cathedral website.







His Eminence Jean-Louis Cardinal Tauran,


President, Pontifical Council forInterreligious Dialogue, Vatican City

His Eminence John Cardinal Onaiyekan

Archbishop of Abuja, Nigeria

His Eminence Theodore Cardinal McCarrick

Archbishop Emeritus, Archdiocese of Washington, DC, USA

H.E. Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo

Archbishop of Jakarta, Indonesia

H.E. Jean-Paul Vesco

Bishop of Oran, Algeria

Mons. Khaled Akasheh

Head Officer for Islam, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Vatican City

Rev. Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, OP

Master General Emeritus, Order of Preachers

Prof. Joseph Maila

Professor of International Relations and International Mediation and Negotiation at Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC), Paris,

Dr. Roula Talhouk

Senior lecturer at the Faculty of Religious Sciences,  Director of the Cedric Documentation and research Center for Islamic- Christian Studies,  Coordinator of the Master in Islamic-Christian Relations, Saint-Joseph University- Beirut





The Right Reverend John Bryson Chane, Principal

Eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Washington & Senior Advisor on Interreligious Dialogue to Washington National Cathedral, USA

The Most Reverend Suheil Dawani

The Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem, Episcopal Diocese in Jerusalem

The Most Reverend Bolly Lapok

Archbishop of Southeast Asia and Bishop of Kuching, Malaysia

The Right Reverend Josiah Fearon

The Anglican Bishop of Kaduna, Nigeria

Dr. Clare Amos

Programme Executive for Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation, World Council of Churches

The Reverend Chloe Breyer

Executive Director, InterfaithCenter of New York, USA

Ms. Ruth Frey

Director of Programmes,Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC, USA

The Reverend Dr. Kathy J. Nelson (unable to attend due to illness)

President, F.I.S.H. Foundation, Inc., Plainsboro, New Jersey USA




Ayatollah Sayyed Prof. Mostafa

Mohaghegh Damad

Director of Islamic Studies, IranAcademy of Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Sayyed Jawad Al-Khoei

Secretary-General, Al-Khoei Foundation, Al Najaf, Iraq

Dr. Mrs. Shah razed Houshmand Zadeh

Professor of Islamic Studies at the Center for the Study of Theology of Religions, Faculty of Missiology, Gregorian University, Rome, Italy

Dr. Muhammad Ali Helmi

Secretary General, Islamic National Consensus Movement (INCM). Head of Strategic Studies Office (SSO). Assistant Chairman, Islamic Christian Relations Council (ICRC), Kuwait

Dr. Sayyed Ataollah Mohajerani

Scholar, London, UK

Mr. Zuhair A. Al-Mahmeed

Secretary General - Islamic National Consensus Movement (INCM). Head of Strategic Studies Office (SSO). Assistant Chairman - Islamic Christian Relations Council (ICRC), Kuwait.

Mr. Saoud Elmawla

Professor at the Institute of Social Sciences, Beirut, Lebanon

Dr. Rasoul Rasoulipour

Associate Professor of Philosophy of Religion, Kharazmi University, Tehran, Iran




HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan

Chairman of the Board of Trustees RIIFS, Chairman of the Board of Trustees FIIRD

H.E. Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Kabbani

Former Grand Mufti of Lebanon

Dr Muzammil Siddiqi

President, Fiqh Council of North America

Dr. Shuja Shafi

Secretary General, Muslim Council of Britain

Prof. Dr. Mualla Selcuk

Professor of Religious Education, Divinity Faculty and Director of Continuing Education Center Ankara University, Turkey


H.E. Idriss Jazairy

Former Algerian Ambassador to Washington

Professor Adnane Mokrani

Professor of Islamic Studies and Muslim-Christian Relations at the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies, Rome Professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome

Mr Ilie Salim Hleihel

Counsellor to Former Grand Mufti of Lebanon






His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel (Adamakis) of France

Metropolitan of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of France

Rabbi Abraham Skorka

Head of the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary of the Conservative Movement in Buenos Aires, Argentina



Ambassador William Miller

Member, Woodrow Wilson Centre, USA; Senior Consultant, Search for Common Ground, Brussels, Belgium

Mrs. Amy Goldman

President, GHR Foundation, Minneapolis, Minnesota USA

Mr. Charbel Antoun

Guest of Episcopal-Anglican Delegation





Mons. Khaled Akasheh

Head Officer for Islam, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Vatican City

The Reverend Canon John L. Peterson

Director, Centre for Global Justice and Reconciliation, Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC, USA

Mons. Robert J. Vitillo

Head of Caritas Internationalis Delegation to the UN in Geneva

Dr Muzammil Siddiqi

President, Fiqh Council of North America

Dr. Muhammad Ali Helmi

Secretary General, Islamic National Consensus Movement (INCM). Head of Strategic Studies Office (SSO). Assistant Chairman, Islamic Christian Relations Council (ICRC), Kuwait