VATICAN: Pope Francis underlines the importance of friendship and respect between men and women of different religious traditions.
Pope Francis on Thursday, November 28 met with members from the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for Inter religious Dialogue, who are expounding their current theme, “Members of different religious traditions in civil society”.
Pope Francis while speaking to the participants of the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for Inter religious Dialogue highlighted the value of,” friendship and respect between men and women of different religious traditions.” At this occasion he mentioned that due to ever-increasing relocation of peoples because of trend such as migration; Christians are being exposed to different cultures, religions and traditions.
While quoting from his freshly published Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium, the Pope said “An attitude of openness in truth and love must prevail in dialogue with believers of non-Christian religions, despite the various obstacles and difficulties, particularly fundamentalism on both sides.” Being aware of the fact, that there are circumstances when coexistence is hard due to fear. Nonetheless, he accentuated that, “One way to overcome this fear, was to foster dialogue.”
He went on to say, “Dialogue does not mean giving up your identity as a Christian. On the contrary, true openness means remaining firm in ones deepest convictions, and therefore being open to understanding others. Constructive dialogue between people of different religious traditions,” Pope Francis continued, “also serves to overcome another fear, which, unfortunately we find on the increase in a more heavily secularized society.”
“It is the fear of different religious traditions and as such the religious dimension. In his concluding comments, the Holy Father said the future for inter religious dialogue lies in the coexistence of respectful diversity, and the fundamental right to religious freedom, in all its dimensions,” he said.