“If the leaders of nations were to choose the path of encounter and dialogue with others, it would certainly be a decisive contribution to ending the conflicts continuing to afflict so many of the world’s peoples.”
This was the message of His Holiness Pope Francis as he highlighted the significance of ecumenism and interreligious dialogue to attain peace amid conflicts during his Apostolic Visit in Ulaanbataar, Mongolia.
According to Veritas News, the Pope emphasized that the Church constantly addresses dialogue with mutual understanding through building a healthy relationship that is centered on Christ.
“I would like to reassure you that the Catholic Church desires to follow this path, firmly convinced of the importance of ecumenical, interreligious and cultural dialogue. Her faith is grounded in the eternal dialogue between God and humanity that took flesh in the person of Jesus Christ,” he said.
The Holy Father encouraged the leaders of different religions to inspire their communities by being committed to a ‘common origin’ to mutually enrich humanity through hope.
“We share a common origin that confers equal dignity on everyone, and have a shared path that we can only travel alongside one another, as we dwell under the one sky that surrounds and illumines us,” he said.
The Ecumenical and Interreligious meeting was held in Hun Theatre, Ulaanbataar, Mongolia last September 3, 2023.
Pope Francis’ visit to Mongolia was his 43rd Apostolic Journey since his pontificate. Also, the first time for a pope to visit the respective country. The Apostolic Journey started from August 31 until September 4, 2023. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Pope Francis Twitter Account)