Pope: Dialogue “a Sacred Duty”

Addressing the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations, which has been involved in dialogues with the Vatican for 30 years, Pope Benedict XVI affirmed the need for interreligious dialogue in today’s world:

“In our troubled world, so frequently marked by poverty, violence and exploitation, dialogue between cultures and religions must more and more be seen as a sacred duty incumbent upon all those who are committed to building a world worthy of man,” he said. “The ability to accept and respect one another, and to speak the truth in love, is essential for overcoming differences, preventing misunderstandings and avoiding needless confrontations. […] A sincere dialogue needs both openness and a firm sense of identity on both sides, in order for each to be enriched by the gifts of the other.”

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