Keynote Address

  • Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue



Venerable Buddhist monks and nuns, the Associate Director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Reverend Fathers and Sisters, ladies and gentlemen, on behalf of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, it is a special joy for me to welcome each one of you to this Buddhist-Catholic dialogue entitled “Suffering, Liberation, and Fraternity.” In the backdrop of globalization and migration, the U.S. religious landscape has been undergoing rapid and profound changes with the growing presence of the world religions, including Buddhism. The presence here of the representatives of the great Buddhist traditions in the United States—the Sri Lankan, Thai, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, as well as new traditions such as Won Buddhism and the Rissho Kosei-kai—testify to the emerging religious-cultural pluralism in the United States. In a world where diversity is seen as a threat, our coming together today in friendship and peace is a sign of our openness toward one another and our commitment to human fraternity. 

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