Americas in dialogue
· Muslims, Christians and Jews in defence of their common home ·
Creating a platform for dialogue at a continental level in the Americas, was the objective for the first meeting of “Americas in Dialogue – Our Common Home”, which took place in Rome on Wednesday morning, 7 September. The event was organized by the Instituto del Diálogo Interreligioso (IDI) of Buenos Aires, in collaboration with the Organization of American States (OAS) and under the auspices of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.
For the first time, representatives of the highest levels of civil, legal, diplomatic and religious authorities, from various American countries, gathered together at the Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum to promote paths of reconciliation, harmony and peace in the light of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si’.
The meeting was introduced by Luis Almagro of Uruguay, Secretary General of OAS, and Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, Secretary of the Vatican Dicastery. Welcoming the participants on behalf of Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Dicastery, the Bishop stressed how Pope Francis continuously reminds us that as human beings we must always aspire to build our social life in an atmosphere of “integral ecology”, respect creation in all of its richness, and thereby make humanity the main focus of attention.
“It is therefore necessary”, Bishop Ayuso Guixot said, “to include in our activities and programs, education at all levels, the strengthening of democracy and the promotion of human rights”. In this regard, he said, the various religious traditions of the American continents are “a necessary source of inspiration in order to promote a culture of encounter”. Moreover, “the Catholic Church’s commitment to interreligious dialogue, which opens the way towards peace, is part of her original mission. In fact, the Church seeks and appreciates, in all religions, the portion of truth and light that each contains and professes. This can be seen in the Conciliar Declaration Nostra Aetate, which just celebrated its 50th anniversary”.
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