For Cardinal Tauran, the three monotheistic faiths must unite

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Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran.

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran has called the religious leaders of the three monotheistic religions to “unite to spread an education for dialogue that can bridge differences”.  The President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue spoke on June 15, 2011, during the announcement of the 32nd annual “Meeting for Friendship Among Peoples” organized by the Italian Communion and Liberation movement, which this year will be held from August 21-27 in Rimini (Italy).  Quoted by the new agency I.MEDIA, the French prelate said that “schools, universities, but also synagogues, churches, mosques, with their rites and the languages, contribute to the cohesion of human society….  There is no other solution but to live out our cultures and religions in respect for the specific character of each and in fulfilling our duty of solidarity.”  He also explained that “forming a single family around the lake of monotheistic religions that is the Mediterranean Sea implies a willingness to oppose xenophobia, the closing of frontiers and ideologies that spread hatred.”

Invited by the press to evaluate the first months of the “Arab Spring”, the French cardinal found it “very interesting … that at the origin of these events there are no Islamists or terrorists, but young people who want freedom, dignity and work.”  In his view, “it would be a catastrophe if these aspirations came to nought.”  The Syrian bishops do not agree with the irenic analysis of Cardinal Tauran.  They, it is true, are right there on site.  See the article “Syria:  Some bishops dread the rise of Islamism”. (Sources: apic/imedia – DICI no. 237 dated June 25, 2011)

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