26 May 2006, 16:25
Experts from various religions discuss in Moscow preparations for World Summit of Religious Leaders
Moscow, May 26, Interfax - Participants in the preparations for the World Summit of Religious Leaders to take place on July 3-5 in Moscow hope that this meeting will contribute to the deepening of mutual understanding between various religions.
‘The participants hope that the message of the Summit will reach the leaders of the G8 countries, politicians, the broader public and all members of our faith communities’, states the communiquй adopted by the expert meeting convened in preparations for the upcoming summit and circulated in Moscow on Friday.
The document also expresses hope that the meeting of religious leaders ‘will serve peace among people and communities of different faiths, nations, cultures and civilizations’. Similar links: See also:
According to the communiquй, the world religious summit is to consider ways of overcoming terrorism and extremism, the problem of family, human life and equality of the sexes, as well as the need for moral education of youth and ways of overcoming poverty.
Among other themes to be raised at the religious forum is the role of mass media, the planet’s resources and the environment, struggle with infectious diseases, proliferation of the weapons of mass destruction, dialogue of civilizations and problems of the globalization and world order.
The expert meeting was attended by representatives of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Vatican, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, China, and other countries.
The participants in the meeting that took place on May 25-26 in Moscow noted in their communiquй that the foundation of dialogue among various traditional religions lies in ‘their common concern and their feeling of responsibility for the fate of humanity’.