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This dialogue is open because of people like you. Thanks Mark.

From the Christiany point of view -- specifically Chatholic -- the words of JPII are enlightening this conversation of respecting the mystery of each person's belief. It helps to believe in others and their circumstances. Even the silence of the people who are now reading this religious dialogue is active and fertile.

We cannot obligate people to love each other, nor can we obligate others to follow one or another religious faith. We are supposed to be ethical with our beliefs when we put our own spiritual teachings into practice -- developing good relations with other faith traditions -- but we will never be taken seriously, and will find ourselves between equally unfavorable or disagreeable alternatives: when (1) we intent to convert others to our religion, and/or (2) feel our faith is in jeopardy.