Cardinal Ayuso: world needs intereligious dialogue for peace
As the two-day "Bahrain Forum for Dialogue: East and West for Human Coexistence" wraps up with Pope Francis’ intervention on Friday, Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, M.C.C.J., Prefect of the Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue, highlights the importance of these interreligious events to foster human fraternity and peace in a war-torn world.
Dialogue is an “existential attitude” that every human being should have in his or her life to promote peace in the world, according Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, M.C.C.J.. The Prefect of the Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue made this observation referring to the “Bahrain Forum for Dialogue: East and West for Human Coexistence," which ended on Friday with Pope Francis’ intervention beginning the second day of his Apostolic Journey to Bahrain.
The “Bahrain Forum for Dialogue"
The two-day event has been sponsored by King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, to further the spirit of brotherhood and cooperation among followers of different faiths, while working together to address the world’s present challenges and issues which threaten the common home and peace, in the spirit of the historic Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together, signed on 4 February 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, by Pope Francis and Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Egypt’s Al-Azhar mosque.
The interreligious forum, which has gathered some 200 prominent religious leaders and scholars from across the world, is the latest of such events aimed at promoting a fraternal and peaceful coexistence among people of different religions and cultures for the sake of humanity, through dialogue and reciprocal understanding, also in line with Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter “Fratelli Tutti” and Pope St. John Paul II's 'spirit of Assisi',
It comes less than two months after the 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions”, in Nur-Sultan, in which Pope Francis took part in September this year during his Apostolic Journey to Kazakhstan , again along with the Great Imam Al-Tayeb - the highest authority in Sunni Islam - and Patriarch Batholomew of Constantinople.
Following the footpath of Pope Francis and the Great Imam Al-Tayeb
In the interview he gave to Vatican News on the side-lines of the “Bahrain Forum”, Cardinal AyusoGuixot highlighted the importance of these interreligious meetings, and specifically of this gathering, for peace in a war-torn world.
“In this context, the meeting we are holding here in Bahrain, is extremely important because through this forum we come together again on the footpath of Pope Francis and the Great Imam (Al-Tayeb) of Al-Azhar.”
The Forum, he said, “is an invitation to the international community to implement this human fraternity which the world needs” and it is lovely to be able “to come together to promote this beautiful project of human dignity” in the face of ongoing conflicts and the concerns they arise.
Standing together for peace
Echoing Pope Francis words in his address to the Forum on Friday, Cardinal Ayuso, therefore, insisted on the need for religious leaders, in particular, of standing together and implementing their relations, rather than confronting each other, to achieve the goal of peace to which humanity aspires.
Devin Watkins and Lisa Zengarini