In his first-ever video declaring his “prayer intentions,” the Roman Catholic leader Jorge Bergoglio, also known as Pope Francis, called for dialogue and collaboration among those of the various world religions on Tuesday, asserting that they are simply “seeking or meeting God in different ways.” “Most of the planet’s inhabitants declare themselves believers,” he states in the production released on the Feast of Epiphany.
“This should lead to dialogue among religions. We should not stop praying for it and collaborating with those who think differently.” The video then features clips of those from different world religions declaring belief in their various deities. “I have confidence in Buddha,” a female lama announces.
“I believe in God,” a rabbi affirms. “I believe in Jesus Christ,” a priest states. “I believe in Allah,” an Islamic leader declares. Francis contends that all the religions of the world simply represent mankind’s diversity in seeking God. He says that despite the differing beliefs, everyone is a child of the same God. “Many think differently, feel differently, seeking God or meeting God in different ways,” he states. “In this crowd, in this range of religions, there is only one certainty that we have for all: we are all children of God.” FULL REPORT