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Seventh Buddhist-Christian Colloquium kicks off in Bangkok

File photo of Pope Francis with Buddhist leader in Mongolia. (Photo credit: VATICAN MEDIA Divisione Foto)

The four-day Seventh Buddhist-Christian Colloquium themed “Karunā and Agape in Dialogue for Healing a Wounded Humanity and the Earth" began on Monday, November 13, at Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University in Bangkok, Thailand, according to the Vatican's Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue.

The event is a cooperative effort between the Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Thailand, and the Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya Buddhist University.

"The Colloquium will reaffirm friendship and reciprocal understanding built through dialogue with Buddhist partners throughout the world and, in particular, in Thailand," said the statement.

It added that it "will also identify common actions to heal the wounds of humanity and the planet."

Buddhists and Christians from various countries, including Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom, are participating.

Greetings of good wishes from local authorities and representatives of other religions in Thailand and a tree-planting ceremony, symbolizing the participants’ commitment to care and healing, are features of the inaugural session.  


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