Pope: Inter-religious dialogue key to ME peace

Pope Benedict XVI on Monday called for dialogue and gestures of reconciliation among Jews, Muslims and Christians as a way to help the cause of peace in the Middle East. "I reiterate my unfailing hope and prayer for peace in the Holy Land," the pope told a delegation from the Jewish organization B'nai B'rith International during an audience at the Vatican. "Peace can only come about if it is the concern of Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, expressed in genuine interreligious dialogue and concrete gestures of reconciliation," the pontiff said. "All believers are challenged to show that it is not hatred and violence but understanding and peaceful cooperation which open the door to that future of justice and peace which is God's promise and gift."