Muslims and Catholics: ‘We believe in the same God’

Recently, I wrote for Catholic News Service about Catholic-Muslim dialogue and the important strides we’ve made since the promulgation of Nostra Aetate during the Second Vatican Council in 1965.

In the article, I draw attention to the Church’s teaching that Catholics and Muslims, despite their differences, believe in the same God. Read an excerpt of the piece below, and find the full article here.

St. John Paul II was a pioneer … seeking to communicate the Catholic esteem for Muslims and the commonalities we share in his audiences with them around the world.

The Vatican and national bishops’ conferences have also instituted regular, formal dialogues between Catholic and Muslim leaders, which serve as contexts for mutual learning and improved understanding.

This push for dialogue has been welcomed by Muslims and met with enthusiasm, who themselves find the impetus for interfaith collaboration in the Quran’s affirmation that God created humanity so that they could “get to know one another.”

“Catholics and Muslims: We believe in the same God” (CNS)