Peace education begins at home, Vatican tells Buddhists

In its annual message to the world's Buddhists as they celebrate their Feast of Vesakh, the Vatican says that interreligious harmony is possible even in areas ravaged by war, starting with peace education in "ordinary homes".

The statement released yesterday was issued by the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue and signed by Cardinal Paul Poupard and Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata, Catholic World News reports.

Each year the Vatican sends a message to the world's Buddhists, for the feast of Vesakh, the festival of light. This year's message calls for "concrete gestures which reflect the respect for the dignity of others."

The Vatican calls of "education for peace" that begins at home, is reinforced by schools and by the media, and helps to "dispel ignorance and impart knowledge" while placing emphasis on "the transcendental dimension of life which arises from the spiritual nature of all people."

"Even in places where people experience daily the ravages of war, fuelled by sentiments of hatred and vengeance, trust can be restored," the statement says.

"Together we can help to create the space and the opportunities for people to talk, listen, share regrets and offer forgiveness for each other's past mistakes."

Vatican sends annual greetings to world's Buddhists (Catholic World News, 25/4/07)
Pontifical Council sends message to Buddhists: education for peace begins with family values (CAN, 25/4/07)

26 Apr 2007

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