SOCIAL WEEK IN FRANCE: LYONS, "RELIGIONS, A THREAT OR A HOPE FOR OUR SOCIETIES?"

(Daniele Rocchi, SIR’s correspondent in Lyons) "We can ask ourselves whether societies represent a threat or a hope for our religions." Reversing the question posed in the title of the 83rd Social Week in France, "Religions, a threat or a hope for our societies?" which opened today in Lyons, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin immediately highlighted "the depth and the extent of the subject" the 4 thousand attendees are going to discuss over the next three days. The Archbishops of Lyons, referring to the question contained in his greeting message, recalled that "a culture that tries to erase the faith experience from public life is not expressing a modern laity, a laity that finds in the dialogue between societies and religions the reason of its being at the service of democracy, peace and justice." A point also shared by the representative of Islam, Azzedine Gaci, who highlighted the common roots of the three monotheist religions saying that "God is turning his eyes to every human being and his eyes are full of mercy for everyone." In the perspective of a dialogue between societies and religion, we need to "re-discover Isaiah’s path as a common path humanity is called to walk on even today, so that hope may overcome every threat," concluded Rabbi Richard Wertenschlag.” ” ” “

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