The Vatican is again offering an olive branch to Muslims, in the wake of Pope Benedict's controversial remarks about Islam and violence.

A top Vatican official says Muslims and Catholics need to work together to defeat terrorism.

The Vatican's top official on inter-religious dialogue issued the appeal during a news conference to present the Vatican's annual Ramadan message. In previous years, the Holy See released a text of the message.

The official said the message was aimed at "Muslim friends" who share "common values in facing the challenges of the world."

The news conference is an indication of the Vatican's concern over the outrage caused by the remarks Pope Benedict made in Germany last month. The pontiff has since expressed regret that Muslims were offended.