US Hindu Leaders Defend Their Meeting with Pope

April 17, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Sify News

Most Hindu leaders in the US have decided to attend an inter-faith meeting with the Pope, who is visiting the country, even as some religious groups plan protests against what they claim is aggressive proselytisation by certain Christian denominations.

Hindu and Jain leaders are among the 200 religious representatives attending the meeting called "Peace Our Hope" with Pope Benedict XVI in Washington on Thursday.

The event includes a papal address, greetings from religious leaders and presentation of symbolic gifts by young members of each community.

Uma Mysorekar, president of New York-based Hindu Temple Society of North America, defended her decision to attend.