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Pope: We Must Thank God When Religious Leaders Work Together for Life & Human Dignity

Pope’s Remarks to Dharmic Religions Before General Audience

Before the General Audience this morning, Pope Francis received members of Dharmic religions in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall and addressed them briefly (translation of his words is below).

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[Pope’s words before the audience:]

Dear Friends,

I greet all of you who met for the Conference “Dharma and Logos – Dialogue and Cooperation in a Complex Age”, held yesterday in Rome. I am most appreciative of the efforts of those who made possible this initiative, which brought together Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs.

Dialogue and cooperation are essential at a time like our own, when complex and unprecedented factors have led to increased tensions and conflicts, accompanied by violence on both a small and a large scale. It is a cause for thanksgiving to God when religious leaders actively foster a culture of encounter by offering an example of fruitful dialogue and by working together effectively in the service of life, human dignity and the care of creation.

I thank you for what you have done by coming together, in accordance with your respective religious traditions, to promote goodness in our world, and upon you and your communities I invoke an abundance of divine blessings.

[Original text: Italian] [Vatican-provided text]

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