Faith should not be a vehicle of hatred: Pope

Pope Benedict has called on all leaders of all religions to denounce faith as a vehicle of hatred at an inter-faith gathering in Naples, Italy on Sunday.

The Holy Father spoke at the three day conference; For a World Without Violence: Religions and Cultures in Dialogue, against invoking the name of God in any religion to justify evil and violence, Reuters reported.

"Faced with a world lacerated by conflict, where violence is still justified in the name of God, it is important to reiterate that religions must never become a vehicle of hatred," the Pope said.

"On the contrary, religions can and should offer precious resources to build a humanity of peace, because they speak of peace at the heart of man."

During the conference, Pope Benedict met with religious leaders including; Din Syamsuddin, the head of Indonesia's second largest Islamic organisation, Israel's Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, the spiritual head of Orthodox Christians, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the head of the world's Anglicans.

Religion should never be vehicle of hatred-Pope (Reuters, 21/10/07)

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22 Oct 2007