John Paul II, to H. E. Mohammed Sayed Tantawi, fantastic Sheikh of al-Azhar, Cairo, January 24, 2000
a€?Thank you for ones kind terminology. License me to continue really tactics. God created real people, boyfriend and lady, and presented for them the earth, the planet to cultivate. Undoubtedly a strict hookup between faiths, spiritual religion sweet discreet and growth. Islam happens to be a religion. Christianity happens to be a religion. Islam is now likewise a culture. Christianity has grown to become in addition a culture. So it is very important to meet up with personalities standing for Islamic community in Egypt.
a€?I present my personal fantastic thankfulness because of this options but welcome all of the successful students collected here. Im convinced that the continuing future of the whole world relies on the many people in addition, on interreligious dialogue. For this can be St. Thomas Aquinas stated: a€?Genus humanum arte et ratione vivit.a€™ The life span for the human race comprise in taste as well as the way forward for the human being competition is composed in attitude. I thank the university, the largest heart of Islamic traditions. I say thank you to those who find themselves building Islamic attitude I am also thankful for exactley what you are carrying out to keep the discussion with Christian attitude. May we state for the identity for the future of one’s networks, only your communities but at the same time on the places and also the humanity showed in Islam and in Christianity. Cheers a whole lot.a€?
John Paul II, Homily for any 1st Sunday of Lent, March 12, 2000
a€?Let us all eliminate and enquire forgiveness! Although we reward Lord, whom on his merciful fancy have generated in the ceremony a delightful harvest of holiness, missionary zeal, full determination to Christ and neighbors, we can not forget to accept the infidelities into the Gospel determined by a number of all of our brethren, specifically while in the 2nd millennium. Permit us to query pardon for the divisions that have occurred among Christians, your brutality some have applied in services associated with the truth of the matter and also for the distrustful and dangerous thinking in some cases used toward the follower of more religions.
a€?Let all of us acknowledge, extremely, the obligations as Christians your evils of today. We should question our-self what our very own duties were concerning atheism, spiritual indifference, secularism, honest relativism, the infractions associated with the to lives, forget your bad a number of region.
a€?Most people humbly inquire forgiveness for all the component which every one of us all has received during these evils by our very own strategies, therefore helping disfigure the facial skin regarding the religious.
a€?At the same time frame, because we admit our very own sins, permit us to forgive the sins made by others against all of us. Numerous circumstances during background Christians has sustained difficulty, subjection and persecution for their values. Equally the subjects of these violations forgave all of them, so let us forgive as well. The church right now seems and has usually experienced obliged to cleanse her storage of the unfortunate parties from every feeling of rancor or retribution. In this way the jubilee is for anyone a positive opportunity for a powerful conversion with the Gospel. The approval of Goda€™s forgiveness causes the resolve for eliminate our personal siblings in order to be reconciled together with them.a€?
John Paul Two, in the International Airport, Amman, Jordan, March 20, 2000
a€?Your Majesty, i understand how deeply involved you happen to be for order a highly effective secure and also in your whole location, as well as how essential actually to you personally that every Jordaniansa€”Muslims and Christiansa€”should believe they are as you someone as well as one family members. Here on the planet there are grave and immediate problems of fairness, associated with liberties of peoples and land, which happen to have to become resolved towards close of all the concerned so when a condition for durable serenity. It doesn’t matter what harder, no matter what extended, the process of in search of order must manage. Without serenity, there may be no authentic growth correctly area, no more effective life due to its peoples, no better foreseeable future for their little ones. Hence Jordana€™s shown commitment to getting the conditions essential for comfort is really so important and praiseworthy.
a€?Building another of peace need an ever older knowing and ever more practical synergy among the many individuals who acknowledge one accurate, indivisible God, the Creator almost all that is available. The 3 old monotheistic religious beliefs matter tranquility, benefits and admiration towards human individual among maximum values. We earnestly hope that that the go to will bolster the already successful Christian-Muslim conversation and is being done in Jordan, specially through the house Interfaith Institute.a€?