Pope and Patriarch

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Hindus have applauded Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew’s remarks of “common commitment for the well-being of humanity” while delivering his historical first address to Synod of Bishops at Vatican City, held from October five to 26.

Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that world religions and religious leaders should at least work together on common religious concerns like human improvement, peace, ecological responsibility, social & economic development, etc.

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, said that Bartholomew’s remarks of “common concern and common responsibility” and “to transcend political or religious differences in order to transform the entire visible world” were very encouraging.

Religion was the most powerful, complex and far-reaching force in our society, so we must take it seriously. And we all knew that religion comprised much more than our own particular tradition/experience, Zed stressed.

Rajan Zed further says that in our shared pursuit for the truth, we can learn from one another and thus can arrive nearer to the truth. Our dialogue may help us vanquish the stereotypes, prejudices, caricatures, etc., passed on to us from previous generations. As dialogue brings us reciprocal enrichment, we shall be spiritually richer than before the contact.

His All Holiness, Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch is the 270th successor to the Apostle Andrew and spiritual leader of about 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide. Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion followers. Moksha (liberation) is the ultimate goal of Hinduism.