Ecumenical Summit in Russia

Moscow (AsiaNews) – The need to work together “despite differences” is what Card Walter Kasper expects to see as the outcome of the World Religious Summit that opened today in Moscow. The cardinal, who is chairman of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, heads the high-profile Vatican delegation attending the summit.

The event, unprecedented for the Orthodox world in terms of scope and number of participants, has attracted more than 200 delegates, including Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Hindu and Muslim leaders, from 44 countries who have arrived in Moscow on the invitation of the Russian Orthodox Church to discuss issues such as terrorism, poverty, racism, human rights, the defence of life, ecumenical and interfaith dialogue, which challenge faith in today’s world.

In addition to Cardinal Kasper, the Vatican has sent four other cardinals: Paul Poupard, Roger Etchegaray, Godfried Danneels and Edgar McCarrick.

The Pope and the Dalai Lama will be the major leaders not in attendance.