Benedict and Metzger. 'Relationship with God must be a force for peace'
Photo: AFP

Pope meets Israeli religious leaders

Benedict XVI urges Israel's chief rabbi, chief imam and Latin patriarch to 'educate' their followers to 'deeper understanding' of members of different religions

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.

האפיפיור ואנשי הדת. "פתיחות לשיתוף פעולה עם בני אדם ממסורות שונות" (צילום: EPA)

'Openness to cooperation with people of different traditions' (Photo: EPA)


"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.


"The relationship between man and God is a force for peace," he said, once again rejecting "violence in the name of religion."

האפיפיור והנציגים. עסק גם ב"אלימות שהיא תוצאה של הכחשת האל"  (צילום: AFP) 

Pope rejects 'violence in the name of religion' (Photo: AFP)


"May God hear the prayers of all men and all women who ask for peace for Jerusalem," said Benedict XVI.


Last month, the pope met with some 300 dignitaries of all religions in Assisi, Umbria for a time of reflection and dialogue for peace.


Rabbi David Rosen represented the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. The next day, Benedict stressed the special relationship between Christians and Jews.



פרסום ראשון: 11.11.11, 09:29
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