His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies, has participated in the VI Colloquium between the Vatican’s Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue and the Institute on the theme “Creative Commonalities between Christianity and Islam”. The meeting was held on Wednesday and Thursday last week. While attending the colloquium, His Highness emphasized the crucial role of education and shared religious values in fortifying the foundations of justice and peace. He underscored the significance of ensuring the dignity and rights of all individuals as part of the endeavor to establish a new human system where people can mutually support each other. His Highness advocated for the creation of a platform for open discourse aimed at fostering trust and facilitating mutual familiarity among individuals residing and interacting in culturally converging regions. Such an initiative, he noted, would empower them to cultivate a fresh ethos of collaboration, comprehension, and joint problem-solving to tackle shared obstacles. Pope Francis voiced appreciation and gratitude to His Majesty King Abdullah II for his attention to the Christian communities not only in Jordan, but also those of the Middle East, especially in times marked by conflicts and violence. His Holiness also thanked His Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal for the contribution of the Royal Institute for Inter-faith Studies, “under the enlightened care of His Highness,” in “preserving and appreciating the Arab Christian heritage,” which benefits the citizens of the East. In the closing statement, the participants thanked His Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal for his valuable contributions to the symposium, which reflected his wisdom and long experience in the field of dialogue between followers of religions and cultures. The statement called for respect for human dignity while appreciating the participants and acknowledging diversity and difference, as they form a common heritage based on mutual respect. It is noteworthy that this symposium is the sixth in a series of meetings initiated by the Royal Institute for Inter-faith Studies and the Vatican’s Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue since 2009. It is held alternately every two years in Amman and Rome.
Source: Jordan News Agency