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Dialogue with religions and respect for minorities

· The Pope’s address to the bishops of Indonesia on the occasion of their Ad Limina visit ·

An appeal to intensify dialogue with religions, with respect for differences and rights of minorities, was made by the Pope on the occasion of the Ad Limina visit of the bishops of Indonesia, received in audience Friday morning, October 7th, in the Sala del Concistoro . It is the duty of Christians, the Pope said, to further, “the cause of tolerance and mutual harmony,” to overcome “misunderstanding or distrust” and to strengthen friendships with other believers. In this way, the Pope said, all of the people of Indonesia can, “make important contributions to the quest for peace and understanding among the peoples of the world.” Benedict XVI also emphasized the importance of guaranteeing religious freedom, saying, “it can never be taken for granted and must always be justly and patiently upheld.” Religious freedom, the Pope added, is not, “merely a right to be free from outside constraints. It is also a right to be authentically and fully Catholic.”




St. Peter’s Square

Nov. 18, 2019