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Pope Francis calls for unity among religions to address global challenges 

Pope Francis emphasized the need for collective action and unity as he welcomed a delegation of Buddhist monks from Thailand at Clementine Hall in Rome on Monday. 

His address highlighted the importance of interfaith dialogue for addressing global challenges. “No one is saved alone; we can only be saved together, since we are interconnected and interdependent,” Pope Francis said.

The pontiff recalled his 2019 visit to Thailand, thanked the hospitality shown, and expressed appreciation for his interactions with the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand. 

He extended greetings to the Supreme Patriarch, reflecting on the Seventh Buddhist-Christian Colloquium in Thailand. This event convened over 150 participants to discuss “Karuna and Agape in Dialogue for the Healing of a Wounded Humanity and the Earth.”

He outlined the colloquium’s emphasis on collaboration across society, including civil society, governments, and organizations, and highlighted the importance of education in fostering respect and care among young people for each other and the environment.

Pope Francis also discussed the role of spiritual practices like prayer and meditation in promoting peace and reconciliation. 

“We believe that prayer and meditation can turn things upside down by purifying our hearts and minds, generating loving-kindness, mercy, and forgiveness where there is hatred and vengeance,” he noted.

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The delegation will join a prayer for peace at the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere on May 28.

Pope Francis expressed gratitude for the monks’ visit and continued dialogue with the Catholic Church in Thailand, encouraging ongoing cooperation and friendship.

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