“It’s important, because my religious life was enriched by his explanations to him, it was extraordinarily enriched, and I suppose his with mine”: by these words, spoken in Spanish, on turning to his Argentine friend, Rabbi Abraham Skorka, who spoke just after him, Pope Francis witnesses in a worldwide video-message of religions, inviting the man and woman of the street to “to make friends” with all religions.
Taking part in it notably are the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Chief Rabbi of Israel Jonathan Sacks, the Grand Mufti of Egypt, the Dalai Lama and religious leaders among the most famous of India.
It is an original initiative of Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein, based in Jerusalem, and known by many ZENIT readers after the Rabbis’ campaign to restore the church of Tabgha after a criminal fire.
Rabbi Goshen-Gottstein’s Elijah Inter-Religious Institute launched this video of these religious leaders and he was willing to say more to ZENIT’s readers on this initiative called simply “Make Friends,” which can be viewed on the Elijah Website and on YouTube with subtitles in French and in 15 other languages.
You can read the full interview with Rabbi Goshen here.
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