Religious leaders call for pluralism, dialogue, cooperation among religions
(IRNA) - Representatives and leaders of various religions from across the world attending the second day of the World Summit of Religious Leaders in Moscow here Tuesday agreed that pluralism, dialogue and cooperation among religions are the best ways to solve the problems facing the world.
The speakers on the second day of the summit underlined that the tasks of the clergies is not just to guide, educate and promote human virtues and ethics, but they should attempt to prevent misuse of religion as a means of hypocrisy so that religion will not lose its impact, reports Trend.
The World Summit of Religions opened in Moscow on Monday with an inaugural speech of Russian President Vladimir Putin. It was attended by 150 religious leaders and representatives from 140 countries, including Iran.
Speaking at the event, Putin referred to the goal of religions, including man's prosperity and promotion of justice in the world and said that the greatest threat facing the world of today is the gap and conflict among religions and ethnics.
He pointed to exchange of ideas and coalition of religions as the most superior sign of dialogue among civilizations.
Turning to the role of religion in campaign against terrorism, he said that the religions are bound to provide opportunities for dialogues and promote peace as opposed to conflicts.
For his part, Head of International Assembly of Proximity of Islamic Faiths Ayatollah Taskhiri, as the second speaker on the first day of the summit said that promotion of mutual respect is the best way to solve discords among religions and encourage cooperation among them.
"Islam gives high priority to cooperation, dialogue and call for wisdom in its instructions. These were the points specified in the letter addressed by the late Imam Khomeini to the leader of the former Soviet Union.
The 3-day meeting will end on Wednesday.