Rome Newsroom, Sep 11, 2020 / 04:30 am
Diversity is not a bad thing, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle said in an interview published Wednesday, noting that dialogue within authentic relationships can help Catholics to recognize the people they encounter as their brothers and sisters.
Speaking to La Voce e il Tempo, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Turin, Tagle said "dialogue occurs when we become aware that we meet our brother in humanity. It happens when we realize that in this humanity that unites us we have things that we can share."
"If we start from this common field then we can also discover that diversity -- which is as real as communion in humanity -- is not an enemy," he continued. "I believe that we must start from what unites us to understand that the other is not, in his diversity, a threat."
The interview, which took place in Turin Aug. 7, was published Sept. 10. Cardinal Tagle is the prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and president of Caritas Internationalis, a global Catholic charity.