Pope Calls for Religious Tolerance, but also Evangelization

January 6, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Inquierer.net/Agence France-Presse


Pope Benedict XVI on Friday called for "tolerance and mutual respect" among religions while stressing that the Roman Catholic Church should push forward in its battle to win souls.

"Is it still permissible to evangelize today? Shouldn't religions and conceptions of the world instead cohabit peacefully and seek to work together for what is best for humanity?" the pope asked in his year-end speech to cardinals and members of the Roman curia, or church government.

"It is indisputable that we should all cohabit and cooperate in tolerance and mutual respect," he said. "The Church is energetically involved in this area."

Then he added: "But does this willingness for dialogue and collaboration also mean that in parallel we can no longer convey the message of Jesus Christ, or propose to people and the world this call and the hope that comes from it?

"Those who have discovered a great truth, a great joy, should communicate it," the pope concluded.