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Cardinal John Levy Turan (Vatican dialogue councel chairman)
2008-05-13
Cardinal John Levy Turan (Vatican dialogue councel chairman) gave a speech in the opening session.. Speeches available in this website at this link: http://www.qatar-conferences.org/dialogue2008/english/speeches.php president of Pontifical Council for inter-religious dialogues from The Vatican Cardinal Jean-Louis Turan asserted that “no religion could make a war, but as history teaches, its followers sometimes do make war.” The Vatican representative said: “I am particularly grateful for the presence in our midst of members of the Muslim faith and I express my appreciation for the growth of dialogue between Muslims and Christians, both at the local and international level,” he said. The Cardinal assured that the church wanted to continue building bridges of friendship with the followers of all religions in order to seek the true good of every person and of society as a whole. Recalling his participation at the 2nd edition of the Doha conference four years ago, Cardinal Turan lauded the efforts being jointly made by the Faculty of Shari’ah and Gulf Centre for Studies and the Qatar ministry of foreign affairs in ensuring its continuity in the same vigour. The Cardinal said that he was only too happy to be the representative of the Pope Benedict XVI for inter-religious dialogues. Remembering the roles played by him in preserving a lot of valuable Arabic and Islamic manuscripts at the Pontifical Vatican Library and also at the Secret Archives of the Holy See, the Cardinal said he felt honoured while attending the Doha conference in 2004. The Pontifical representative attributed the absence of the Pope from last year’s conference to some “communication and technical problems”. His non-participation should not give any cause for anxiety that the engagement of the Catholic Church in inter-religious dialogues was any less, said the Cardinal. The Peninsula - Qatar Coverage/ Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Inter religious Dialogue (Vatican City), said, "I noted with satisfaction that the Qatari people are courageous and maintain their promises. For example, they promised to widen the conference to include Jews and to create an international structure for dialogue- both promises have been maintained." He said he was glad to note the participation of the Catholic Church and of the Holy See in this initiative. "The absence of the Holy See from the fifth conference, last year, was due to communication and technical problems and should not give any cause for anxiety that the engagement of the Catholic Church in inter-religious dialogue is any less." "As religious leaders let us promote a sound pedagogy of peace, which is taught in the family, in the mosques, in the synagogues, in the churches, in our schools, in our universities. Religions do not make war, unfortunately- as history teaches us-their followers sometimes make war," said Tauran.

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