2006-07-04 18:30:00

Greeting of Benedict XVI to the participants and guests of the World Religious Summit in Moscow

To my Venerable Brother
His Holiness Alexy II
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

An important summit of religious leaders, organized by the Interreligious Council of Russia, will be held in Moscow from July 3-5. At the invitation of the Your Holiness, the Catholic Church will take part with her own delegation. I wish to express my cordial greetings to Your Holiness and to all the participants.

This significant meeting of so many representatives of the world's religions indicates the common desire to promote dialogue between civilizations and the pursuit of a more just and peaceful world order. I hope that, thanks to the sincere commitment of all, areas will be found for the effective collaboration that might address the present-day challenges with respect and reciprocal understanding.

In the case of Christians, it is a matter of learning to understand one another ever more profoundly and appreciating one another mutually in the light of man's dignity and his eternal destiny. Assuring you of my prayer that God may make the summit's working sessions fruitful, I invoke on all of you the abundant blessing of heaven.

The Vatican City
July 2, 2006