Shawn Rae’s unique Christmas Album, A World Christmas, Love Knows No Borders, was considered for a Grammy nomination earlier this year. The Album was inspired by the “Dialogue” in 2007 between King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and Pope Benedict XVI, one which was endorsed by more than 460 organizations from around the world, including the Chief Rabbis of Israel, and the United Nations. This “Dialogue” promoted a wide discussion on the urgency for religious and cultural discourse among Christians, Muslims and Jews.
Marco Politi, the Vatican correspondent, said, “I think it is extraordinarily important that … the Vatican and an important Islamic state discussed ‘cooperation.'” An article in the Vatican newspaper noted, “A dialogue is not a choice but a necessity.”
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, the first Muslim King to ever visit the Vatican in the past 1400 years, referred to his conversation with the Pope as “groundbreaking.” “I wanted to visit the Vatican, and I did, and I thank him. In a meeting I will not forget, a meeting of one human being with another. I suggested this idea.” He responded, “If God wills it, we will then meet with our brothers from other religions … to come up with ways to safeguard humanity.”
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