The two-day meeting, which was held at the Pontifical Urbanian University in Rome to commemorate the Institute's founding, was organized around the theme of "Studying and Understanding the Religion of the Other: Towards Mutual Recognition between Religions an Cultures in Today's World."
The pope’s comments—shortly following his peacebuilding visit to Colombo, Sri Lanka, also focused on inter-religious collaboration—were centered on bridge-building between Christians and Muslims. During his remarks, the pope said:
Now more than ever, there is a need for an institute that is dedicated in the research and formation of dialogue with Muslims. Prejudice and falsehoods can be overcome if dialogue starts from the presumption of our common human nature.
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