A Moment of Grace …..

A Moment of Grace …..

For SVdP San Mateo’s Executive Director, Lorraine Moriarty and other Catholics and Buddhists who recently had the opportunity to meet His Holiness, Pope Francis at the Vatican. Around fifty Buddhists and Catholics from the Archdioceses of Washington DC, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco participated in a US Buddhist-Catholic Dialogue held at Castel Gandolfo the week of June 22nd – 27th, 2015. The theme of the conference was Suffering, Liberation and Fraternity. David Barringer, SVdP National Executive Director, is also pictured.

Sponsored by the USCCB Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, this conference reflected Pope Francis’ vision of interreligious dialogue and engaged Catholics and Buddhists in a “dialogue of fraternity” to address the suffering of the poor and the marginalized in cities across the United States.

At the end of the conference participants agreed to meet again to explore joint practical collaborations to address neighborhood social issues as well as climate change, youth outreach programs, restorative justice issues, affordable housing, homelessness, and to make a difference in their local communities.

The Holy Father thanked them for their visit to the Vatican, “a visit that is close to my heart as it is a visit of fraternity, dialogue and friendship. These are things that do great good- that are healthy. In this historical moment, so scarred by wars and hatred, these small gestures are seeds of peace and fraternity. I thank you, and may the Lord bless you.”