Viewed from a religious perspective, conflicts are interpreted not only as ruptures in relationships among human beings, but also as ruptures in one’s vertical relationship with the divine.In the name of God, some groups commit horrible crimes, resulting in a vast humanitarian crisis, cultural and religious destruction, as well as a hatred that affects the image of religion.Casually it was mentioned that that’s exactly what we’re doing, and I didn’t protest.
It doesn’t change what happened, and it certainly doesn’t change my present.
In the preparation process for the Holy and Great Council, the First Pre-Conciliar Pan Orthodox Conference (1976) expressed its desire to collaborate in a spirit of mutual understanding with other religions in order to wipe out religious fanaticism and establish religious understanding.
This was affirmed in the Declaration of the Third Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference (Chambésy, 1986) on “The contribution of the local Orthodox Churches to the realization of peace, justice, freedom, fraternity and love between nations, and the removal of racial and other discriminations.” Thus, the Ecumenical Patriarchate firmly supports interreligious dialogue.
Interreligious dialogue has the potential and power to transform our world.
We Christians advance – as a principle of our faith and a way of life – the importance of of religion and belief.The manipulation of religion in the name of terrorism is a tragic phenomenon that should be accurately labeled and studied.