Pope: Inter-faiths` dialogue foster peaceful living

RELIGIONS NEWS AGENCY (REDNA) – “Dialogue among religions can foster a peaceful living among societies.

Meeting a Buddhist delegation from Cambodia on Thursday, Pope Francis encouraged inter-religious dialogue as a way to cultivate ecological responsibility.

In his address to the delegation, the Pope, Vatican News reported, praised efforts to foster dialogue among religions.

Pepe said dialogue as an important element of society helps people to live “peacefully as brothers and sisters”.

He commended the group for gathering under the banner of “ecological conversion”, and called it a “positive sign of the growing sensitivity and concern for the wellbeing of the earth, our common home”.

Pope Francis went on to reflect on the need for people of all religions to seek solutions to the many ills that afflict societies across the globe.

“Poverty and lack of respect for the dignity of the marginalized cause much suffering and disillusionment in our times. They must be fought with comprehensive strategies that promote awareness of the fundamental fragility of our environments.” said Pope

He said both Creation and our neighbors deserve our respect, but noted that positive change can must about through a “change of heart, vision, and practices.”

Ecological conversion, noted the Pope, can only begin when we recognize clearly the “human roots of the present environmental crisis”.

He added that only true repentance can put a stop to ideologies and practices that harm the earth, including an excessive search for profit and a lack of solidarity.

Pope added: “Ecological conversion aims at turning what is happening to the world into our own personal suffering and thus to discover what each of us can do about it.”

Interreligious dialogue, said Pope Francis, helps people of various religions to work together to cultivate ecological responsibility.

He noted that the Buddha left his disciples the practices of metta, which involves not harming living things and living a simple lifestyle.

By following these practices, “Buddhists can achieve a compassionate protection for all beings, including the earth, their habitat.”

Christians, added the Pope, fulfill our ecological responsibility when we seek to protect God’s Creation as trustworthy stewards.

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