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Troy — Fifty years ago, Muslims and Catholics gathering over pastries and coffee to discuss religion in the halls of a local parish would have been unthinkable.

“Before Nostra Aetate 50 years ago, we wouldn’t be inviting Muslims to a Catholic church for a dialogue,” said Fr. Jeff Day, ecumenical and interfaith relations liaison for the Archdiocese of Detroit, who presented along with Imam Yahya Luqman of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community during an Oct. 18 interfaith forum at St. Thomas More Parish in Troy. “On the other hand, if Muslims were having a dialogue and invited Catholics, we wouldn’t have attended.”

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