Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday urged the leaders of religious communities in Israel whom he received at the Vatican to “educate” their followers to a “deeper understanding” of members of different religions, stating that the relationship with God must be “a force for peace”
Israel’s Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Archbishop Fouad Twal, Chief Imam of Israel Mohammed Kiwan and the leader of the Druze community, Moufak Rate, were received together for a meeting, which is a continuation of interfaith dialogue of Assisi.
“We have the grave responsibility to educate members of our respective religious communities, with the aim of developing a greater understanding of each other and an openness to cooperation with people of different traditions,” the pope told them.
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