Pope Benedict XVI calls for all religions to unite against terror
Pope Benedict XVI has called for all religions to unite against terrorism and resolve conflicts peacefully.
The Pope was speaking after meeting leaders from other religions, including rabbis and Muslim clerics, in Australia for the Catholic World Youth Day.
He has not yet made a public apology, as he is expected to, to victims of sexual abuse by priests.
After he spoke, there were recreations around the city of the last days of Christ, including his crucifixion.
"In a world threatened by sinister and indiscriminate forms of violence, the unified voice of religious people urges nations and communities to resolve conflict through peaceful means and with full regard for human dignity," the Pope told the inter-religious gathering.
He also said the Catholic Church was ready to learn from other religions.
"The Church eagerly seeks opportunities to listen to the spiritual experience of other religions."
Relations with Muslims took a turn for the worse in 2006 when Pope Benedict quoted a 14th-Century Byzantine emperor in remarks that were taken by some Muslims to imply that Islam was a violent religion.
The Pope earlier met with leaders of other Christian denominations, where he called on them to fight for unity within the Christian faith.
"I think you would agree that the ecumenical movement has reached a critical juncture," he said at the meeting in Sydney's St Mary's Cathedral.
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