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Cardinal praises Pope’s contribution to interreligious dialogue

Catholic World News - December 30, 2013

In an interview with L’Osservatore Romano, the president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue said that “the election of a Pontiff with a simple and direct style and with an amazing capacity for communication gives hope that the dialogue will continue to gain strength.”

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran cited Pope Francis’s request for prayer at the beginning of his pontificate, his March 20 audience with representatives of non-Catholic ecclesial communities and other religions, his September 7 prayer for peace in Syria, and his decision to sign personally the annual Vatican greeting to Muslims at the conclusion of Ramadan.

“Our dicastery has continued its intense activity in the service of relationships of reciprocal respect, better mutual understanding and cooperation between Catholics and followers of other religions,” said Cardinal Tauran, who has served in his position since 2007 after previously serving as the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States (1990-2003) and Vatican Archivist and Librarian (2003-7).

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  • Posted by: koinonia - Dec. 30, 2013 5:10 PM ET USA

    At this sacred time of year, while appreciating the diversity of beliefs and the need for due tolerance and prudence in all things, let's not forget that there is a duty that transcends human sensibilities incumbent among those baptized into the Comunion of Saints. Like the Baptist in the gospel of John we must bear witness"to the Light.". This light shnes in the darkness. In our charity we must bear witness to the truth.

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