Pope affirms value of interreligious dialogue
Meeting at the weekend with members of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Pope John Paul II has encouraged interreligious dialogue as a "sure basis for peace".
The Holy Father told the members that he predicted that the "coming years will see the Church even more committed to respond to the great challenges of interreligious dialogue".
Talks with representatives of different religious traditions, the Pope cautioned, must not lead to "any kind of relativism or religious indifference".
He said representatives of the Catholic Church must speak honestly and openly, he said, "seeking the truth courageously, while cultivating a prophetic thirst for justice and freedom."
The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue was founded by Pope Paul VI in May 1964. In this week's plenary meeting the group - under the direction of Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, its president - is discussing the prospects for more productive interreligious dialogue in the contemporary world.
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INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE, A KEY IN CREATING BASIS FOR PEACE (Vatican Information Service 15/5/04)
Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue
18 May 2004