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Inter-religious dialogue should promote 'intelligence of heart,' cardinal says

November 19, 2013

Inter-religious dialogue should promote an “intelligence of heart” that respects the dignity of every person and the mystery of that person’s relationship with God, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran said in a November 18 presentation to an inter-religious conference in Vienna.

Cardinal Tauran, the president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, was addressing the inaugural meeting of the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Centre for Inter-religious and Inter-cultural Dialogue (KAICIID), an organization founded by Saudi Arabia, Austria, and Spain, with headquarters in Vienna. The cardinal said that “intelligence of heart” should be a goal of the new organization’s educational efforts.

Cardinal Tauran said that education should promote toleration across religious lines by showing diversity as “a richness, not as a threat.” He said that it is critically important “not to present the religion of the other in a bad light,” and “not to demean the religious conviction of others, especially when they are not present.”

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