Rome Newsroom, Nov 26, 2020 / 05:30 am America/Denver (CNA).
At an event in Saudi Arabia this week, a Vatican diplomat emphasized the importance of religious freedom and said that “authentic encounter” among religions can take place only in the context of the “pursuit of Truth.”
Human dignity is the premise which allows dialogue among different cultures, but “the pursuit of Truth” is what permits “an authentic encounter between various religions confessions,” Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič said in Saudi Arabia Nov. 22.
Jurkovič spoke at the presentation of a book entitled “The promotion of intercultural and interreligious dialogue as an instrument for peace and fraternity” in the city of Jeddah.
The permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva said that “when human dignity is protected, men and women are at liberty to devote themselves with an unhindered conscience to seek the Truth.”
“The divine spark present in all human beings makes them also capable of receiving the Truth, which they must be free to seek and to express, both singularly and collectively,” he added. “Thus, religious freedom is one of the most fundamental among the inviolable rights, because it comes from the inherent necessity of men and women to nourish their spirit.”