A glimpse of the 7th Congress of Leaders of World & Traditional Religions
By Deborah Castellano Lubov – Vatican News
Didar Temenov, Director of the Department of Multilateral Cooperation, at Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, offers a look at the 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, in which Pope Francis will take part, saying “religious leaders have the authority to help solve world’s conflicts.”
Pope Francis travels to Kazakhstan on Tuesday for the 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions being held in the Kazakh capital of Nur-Sultan on 14-15 September. The event will feature discussions to promote peace and concrete commitments on the part of religious leaders from around the globe, including the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Ahmed Al Tayeb, and representatives from the Russian Orthodox Church.
The Congress came to life in 2003 in the wake of the tragic September 11th attacks on the United States, and following Pope St. John Paul II’s second ‘Spirit of Assisi’ meeting in 2002.