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Hindus have welcomed the three-day dialogue between Jews and Catholics, which concluded yesterday at Budapest (Hungary), focusing on the role of religion in civil society.

Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that it was wonderful to see the worldʼs two major religions coming together and stressing building trust and confidence, growing friendship, defending human dignity and rights, promoting respect and mutual understanding, responsibility for society, guaranteeing freedom of religion, educating future generation about religious values, commitment to economic justice and human solidarity, concern for vulnerable members of society in view of present economic crisis, etc.

Zed pointed out that serious and honest interfaith dialogue was the need of the hour. 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.

Rajan Zed further says that all religions should work together for a just and peaceful world. In our shared pursuit for the truth, we can learn from one another and thus can arrive nearer to the truth. This 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.

Roman Catholic Church is the largest of the Christian denominations. Judaism is a monotheistic religion of worldʼs about 14 million Jews whose most sacred text is Torah. Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion followers. Moksha (liberation) is the ultimate goal of Hinduism.