Bangladesh: Christians, Sikhs Stress Unity In First Religious Dialogue

March 2, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: SikhNet

The main purpose of interreligious dialogue is to break down walls between religions, said Archbishop Joseph Marino, apostolic nuncio to Bangladesh.

He was speaking to a gathering of 150 Christians and Sikhs at a Sikh temple in Dhaka on Feb. 28. The Interreligious Dialogue Commission of the Bangladeshi bishops' conference organized the event, which is believed to be the first such dialogue between the two religions.

"We learn from each other through such dialogue," said Archbishop Marino at the event. The Christian participants included Catholic nuns, seminarians, priests and a few Protestant pastors.

Ten speakers addressed the theme "Unity of God and of mankind."

"We believe in only one God who wants all mankind to be united," stated Bhai Piara Singh, head grantha or chief priest at the Gurdwara Nanak Shahi temple stated.

Nurul Islam, chairman of the University of Dhaka's Department of World Religion, stressed that "we must have interreligious dialogue for religious pluralism, and respect and tolerance between followers of different religions."