Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran

May 13, 2013

Catholics and Buddhists share “a profound reverence for life,” which should motivate them to work together to protect human life, including the life of the unborn, said Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

Buddhists and Christians should strive “to create a climate of peace to love, defend and promote human life,” Tauran said in a message marking the Buddhist celebration of Vesakh.

Vesakh commemorates key events in the life of the Buddha.

“Pope Francis, at the very beginning of his ministry, has reaffirmed the necessity of a dialogue of friendship among followers of different religions,” Tauran said.