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Report: Interreligious Dialogue a Must, Pope Says

February 3, 2007

From Zenit:

“I repeat with insistence,” said the Pope, “research and interreligious and intercultural dialogue are not an option but a vital necessity for our time.”

The foundation seeks to find the most essential and authentic message that Judaism, Christianity and Islam can give the world.

During the audience, Metropolitan Damaskinos handed the Pope the foundation’s first achievement: the joint edition, in their original languages and according to chronological order, of the sacred books of the three monotheist religions: the Torah, the Bible and the Koran.

“The rereading and, for some, the discovery of the texts that are sacred for so many people in the world oblige us to mutual respect, in confident dialogue,” explained the Holy Father in his address delivered in French.

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“All our respective religious traditions insist on the sacred character of life and the dignity of the human person.”

Full report here.

See also:
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3 Comments
  1. Anonymous permalink

    “During the audience, Metropolitan Damaskinos handed the Pope the foundation’s first achievement: the joint edition, in their original languages and according to chronological order, of the sacred books of the three monotheist religions: the Torah, the Bible and the Koran.”

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!!!

    May this work bear wonderous fruits!

  2. Anonymous-
    I recommend this article by Robert Spencer.

    It may change your mind about the appropriateness of such a gesture.

    Kind regards,
    JS

  3. If the Holy Father was a founding member of the Foundation for Interreligious and Intercultural Research and Dialogue as recently as 8 years ago, how can this be viewed as an inappropriate gesture?

    Is it not, rather, something he personally has a profound interest in?

    As he said in closing,

    “We believe that God will bless our initiatives if they contribute to the good of all his children and if it helps them to respect one another mutually, in a fraternity of worldwide dimension.”

    My suggestion is that he is not speaking of this in a temporal sense. The temporal reality is certainly a threat to Christianity.

    There are, however, spiritual realities that can, and historically have, forestalled the destruction of Christian society.

    Pax Christi
    SD

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