Openness to the Signs of the Times

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(…) We try to insert ourselves into the actual situation of those among whom we work. With open mind and deep respect for the religious traditions of peoples, we seek dialogue with all and present the good news of God’s love to them. We show the special preference for the poor and oppressed.

Readiness for dialogue encourages us to appreciate the spiritual riches found in the expressions of popular religions both in and outside of Christianity.

The phenomenon of atheism confronts us today in diverse forms throughout the world. Therefore we must be ready and able to enter into serious debate with the advocates of purely humanist or atheist convictions. Our institutes and universities should be involved in this discussion on the basis of solid scientific knowledge and philosophical principles.

(…) We cooperate with those of other religions and convictions in facing contemporary problems.

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