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Christians, Buddhists, share respect for poverty, Vatican notes

April 03, 2009

The Vatican has released an annual message to the world's Buddhists, timed for the Vesakh festival, the traditional celebration of Buddha's enlightenment. The message-- signed by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue-- notes that Christians and Buddhists share a respect for the virtue of poverty. This poverty, the Vatican statement emphasizes, should be a witness of voluntary detachment from material goods, not a "poverty that offends justice and equality."


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