An international gathering of Catholic and Muslim leaders is convening in Berkeley Nov. 6-8, with the theme “Integral Human Development: Growing in Dignity, Catholic and Muslim Perspectives.”

While the first sessions are open only to the forum participants, there is a single public session. At 5 p.m. Nov. 8, the closing session will be open to the public at Zaytuna College, 2401 Le Conte Ave., Berkeley.

Catholic participants include three representatives from the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. They are: Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president; Most Rev. Miguel Ayuso, MCCJ, secretary; and Msgr. Khaled Akasheh, bureau chief for Islam.

Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, of Oakland, is among the religious leaders invited to the Catholic-Muslim Forum. The first forum took place in 2008 at the Vatican.

Full story at Catholic Voice Oakland.