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Buddhists, Christians must help promote nonviolence, cardinal says

Catholics and Buddhists must strengthen efforts to reject violence in all of its forms as well as to urge and educate people in a life of nonviolence, said Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

“Jesus Christ and the Buddha were promotors of nonviolence as well as peacemakers,” the cardinal said in a message marking the Buddhist celebration of Vesakh.

“May we actively dedicate ourselves to promoting within our families and social, political, civil and religious institutions a new style of living where violence is rejected and the human person is respected,” he said.

Each spring, the pontifical council sends its best wishes to Buddhists around the world for Vesakh, a feast commemorating key events in the life of the Buddha. The message for 2017 was released by the Vatican on 22nd April.

“While many religious believers are committed to promoting peace, there are those who exploit religion to justify their acts of violence and hatred,” Cardinal Tauran said.

Picture: Monks pray at a makeshift memorial for the victims of a mass shooting in 2015 in San Bernardino, California. Catholics and Buddhists must strengthen efforts to reject violence in all of its forms as well as to urge and educate people in a life of nonviolence, said Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. (CNS photo/Patrick T. Fallon, Reuters).