Invitation: Make Friends with People of Other Faiths.
Encouraging people everywhere to make friends across religions
including people of different faiths
and no religious faith,
the joys and struggles of this spiritual journey.
(Chapter Statement 2016)
On 14 June 2017, twenty-two of the world’s most prominent religious leaders, including Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Dalai Lama, made a joint statement encouraging people everywhere to make friends across religions. Friendship and getting to know one another are the antidotes to negativity and divisions in society, enhancing understanding and unity.
The video statement was compiled from a series of in-depth standardised interviews made exclusively for this purpose. These interviews can be found here
Further information about this initiative and additional resources can be found here