ZENIT News Agency, The World Seen from Rome
Cardinal Bertone: Interreligious Dialogue Is Papal
Opens Academic Year at Salesian University
ROME, OCT. 11, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Interreligious dialogue, especially with
Muslims, is a priority for Benedict XVI, said the Vatican secretary of state.
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, speaking to reporters today after the inauguration
of the academic year at the Salesian University in Rome, said that "dialogue,
in particular with Islam, helps us to again present God as point of reference
for man's life."
Asked about the nuclear experiment in North Korea, the Salesian cardinal
explained that "the Holy See is not in favor of armaments, but of disarmament
and peace," and he assured that the Vatican "will favor with all means the
way to address and resolve the problem, and not to accentuate it."
Cardinal Bertone acknowledged that "to be a Salesian" in his present service
as secretary of state will help him to have positive human relations with
all and to design projects of peace.
The rector of the Salesian institution, Father Mario Toso, commented during
the Eucharistic celebration to open the academic year, presided over by Cardinal
Bertone, that "for the first time a Salesian has become the first collaborator
of the Successor of Peter."
Cardinal Bertone studied at the Salesian University. He later became a professor,
and eventually its rector from 1989 to 1991.