Inter-religious dialogue a priority for Pope Benedict XVI says Cardinal Bertone.
(Thurs.12Oct. 2006):- Interreligious dialogue, especially with Muslims, is a priority
for Pope Benedict XVI, said Vatican secretary of state - Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.
Speaking to reporters on Wed, Oct. 11 after the inauguration of the academic year
at the Salesian University in Rome, Cardinal Bertone said that "dialogue, in particular
with Islam, helps us to again present God as point of reference for man's life." Asked
about the nuclear experiment in North Korea, the Salesian cardinal explained that
the Holy See is not in favor of armaments, but of disarmament and peace, and he assured
that the Vatican will favour all means to address and resolve the problem, and not
to accentuate it. Cardinal Bertone acknowledged that "to be a Salesian" in his present
service as secretary of state, will help him to have positive human relations with
all and to design projects of peace. The rector of the Salesian institution, Father
Mario Toso, commented during the Eucharistic celebration to open the academic year
presided over by Cardinal Bertone, that "for the first time a Salesian has become
the first collaborator of the Successor of Peter." Cardinal Bertone studied at the
Salesian University. He later became a professor, and eventually its rector from 1989