Pope Francis calls on reps of different churches and religions to defend human dignity and build peace

   The meeting was held on March 20, 2013, in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace. Greeting the representatives of other Christian churches that participated in the inaugural Mass, the pope said that he will further pray for unity among believers.
“For my part, I wish to assure, in the wake of my predecessors, the firm wish to continue on the path of ecumenica dialogue, and I thank you, the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, for the help it continues to offer in my name, for this noble cause. I ask you, dear brothers and sisters, to bring my cordial greetings to the Churches and Christian communities who are represented here. And I ask you for a special prayer for me so that I can be a pastor according to the heart of Christ," said Pope Francis.
Then Pope Francis greeted the representatives of other religions: “I really appreciate your presence, and in it I see a tangible sign of the wish to grow in reciprocal trust and in cooperation for the common good of humanity.”
The pope stressed that “the Catholic Church is aware of the importance of the promotion of friendship and respect between men and women of different religious traditions,” as evidenced by “the valuable work undertaken by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.
The church, according to the pope, also understands “the responsibility that each of us bring towards our world, and to the whole of creation, that we must love and protect. And we can do a lot for the good of the less fortunate, for those who are weak and suffering, to promote justice, to promote reconciliation, to build peace.”
The Holy Father also urged all the representatives of different religions, despite their religious beliefs, to seek together truth, goodness and beauty to defend human dignity, for peaceful coexistence among peoples, the Vatican Radio reports.



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