Christianity may be an agent for peace in the Middle East through its efforts to encourage dialogue with Jews and Muslims, a senior rabbi said yesterday during a Vatican summit.

At a two-week meeting to debate how to protect minority communities in the Middle East and promote harmony with other religions, Rabbi David Rosen said Christian initiatives were bringing communities together and helping to rebuild trust.

“I express the hope that Christianity can actually serve as an agent for peace in the Middle East and in the Holy Land,” Rosen told reporters in Rome before addressing the synod of Catholic bishops.

“If this synod helps advance not only bilateral dialogue, but even trilateral relations, between Christians, Jews and Muslims, that could be a great source of blessing, both for the Middle East and universally,” said Rosen, who is international director of inter-religious affairs for the American Jewish Committee.

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