November 8, 2010

In a message to the world's Hindus, a leading Vatican official said interreligious dialogue should ultimately lead to wider practical cooperation in addressing "the grave and unresolved challenges of our times."

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, wrote the annual message to mark the Hindu celebration of Diwali, the feast of lights, which was to begin Nov. 5 in most parts of the world.

Tauran said mutual respect and mutual trust were the "pillars" of interreligious dialogue and the foundation of peaceful coexistence in society.