Pope says religion cannot justify hostility
Religion 'is not, and must not become, a pretext for hostility', John Paul II told the World Conference on Religion and Peace on the occasion of its 30th anniversary.
The celebrations were held in Tokyo on Monday and Tuesday. In the message, sent to Cardinal Peter Seiichi Shirayanagi, the Holy Father praised the efforts of the WCRP 'in building a world peace'.
WCRP is a worldwide interreligious forum, which works to resolve situations and issues that endanger world peace and human dignity. Its co-presidents include Cardinal William Keeler, Archbishop of Baltimore, Maryland, Chiara Lubich, founder of the Focolare Movement, and the president of Indonesia.
"In recent years, the World Conference on Religion and Peace has been particularly involved in reconciling communities, which are divided due to conflicts and wars," the papal message said. "Your efforts to heal those affected by hatred and violence express a truth that I, too, have sought to affirm on many occasions: that religion is not and must not become a pretext for hostility, in particular when religious, cultural and ethnic identities coincide.