The PCFF was invited by the Apostolic Delegation in Jerusalem to meet the Pope Benedict XVI at his meeting with the institutions engaged in inter-religious dialogue and activities that promote mutual respect and understanding. The PCFF was represented at the event by a Christian, a Moslem and a Jew: Tamara Alawi, Khaled Abu Awwad and Aaron Barnea.
The Pope addressed the audience gathered at the Pontifical Notre Dame Center and stated that : " we know that our differences need never be misrepresented as an inevitable source of friction or tension either between ourselves or in society at large. Rather, they provide a wonderful opportunity for people of different religions to live together in profound respect, esteem and appreciation, encouraging one another in the ways of God. He mentioned specifically the presence of representatives of bereaved families among the groups gathered around the spiritual dialogue.
Aaron Barnea, International Affairs
See the full text of Pope Benedict 16 address.