Some leaders' words:
"Dialogue is a means by which people discover one another and discover the good hopes and peaceful aspirations that too often lie hidden in their hearts.
True dialogue goes beyond ideologies, and people meet in the reality of their human lives. Dialogue breaks down preconceived notions and artificial barriers. Dialogue brings human beings into contact with one another as members of one human family, with all the richness of their various cultures and histories. A conversion of heart commits people to promoting universal brotherhood; dialogue helps to affect this goal. Today, this dialogue is more needed than ever.
The path of dialogue is a path of discoveries, and the more we discover one another, the more we can replace the tensions of the past with bonds of peace." From ONLY ONE PEACE Pope John Paul II January 1986
"Dialogue is the path we have to follow for a reconciled world.
Dialogue leads us to recognise diversity; it opens the mind to true acceptance and cooperation.
It is the privileged means for building a society of love and peace.
At the beginning of the Third Millennium, it is urgent that the path of dialogue be proposed again to a world marked by conflict and violence." From WORLD DAY OF PEACE Pope John Paul II January 2001
"But today we have come together… to affirm the common ground of our faiths on which we all stand united, to assert our common values, values that constrain us to act in the highest and truest sense of what it means to be human. .... From our own experience, we affirm that multiple religious voices praying and working together can serve our deepest common good when joined together to represent the conscience of our communities." From: Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf of the Al-Farah Mosque, New York. MEANING IN GOD, The Interfaith Prayer Service, April, 2004, at St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney