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‘We have a common Father,’ Pope tells participants in interfaith dialogue

May 04, 2016

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue is sponsoring a colloquium with Jordan’s Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies.

Greeting the colloquium’s participants on May 4 in a room in Paul VI Audience Hall, Pope Francis said extemporaneously that “we have become used to the destruction caused by wars; the work of dialogue, of rapprochement, helps us always to build.”

He continued:

Dialogue is going out of ourselves, with a word, to hear the word of the other. The two words meet, two thoughts meet. It is the first step of a journey. Following this meeting of the word, hearts meet and begin a dialogue of friendship, which ends with holding hands. Word, hearts, hands. It’s simple! A little child knows how to do it.

“We have a common Father: we are brothers,” the Pope added.

 
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