Tuesday, July 03, 2007

He hates other religions

Perhaps someone should compile a list of "Myths about Pope Benedict." Here's one that belies one of the many stereotypes about him: that he is against inter-religious dialogue, or doesn't care for the followers of other religions or what have you. (Via Zenit)
Benedict XVI will make a pastoral visit to Naples as that city hosts an annual interreligious meeting to promote dialogue and peace.

The Pope announced June 29, the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, that he will attend the annual International Encounters of Peoples and Religions, promoted by the Community of Sant'Egidio, to be held Oct. 21-23.

During his address before praying the Angelus on Sunday, the Holy Father said: "I greet today, in advance, the dear Neapolitan community, who I invite to prepare for this meeting in prayer and with works of charity."

Naples will host some 300 people from over 70 countries who will take place in round table discussions and other activities.

The International Encounters of Peoples and Religions was inspired by the World Day of Prayer for Peace convoked by Pope John Paul II in 1986. The event was held in Assisi.

These meetings have progressed, year after year, across Italy's main cities and European capitals -- and also Washington, D.C. -- offering an opportunity for dialogue and for religious differences to be surmounted.
[Slow blogging these summer days. It's a phase, I'm sure. :)]

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