In any relationship, communication is key. In an ecumenical one, it is the difference between success and failure. Last year at this time, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I addressed a gathering of experts on religious freedom and minorities' religious rights. His message was a call to reconciliation and peace. "We are called to promote dialogue among all communities and peoples to create peace, harmony and tolerance in a world that is faced with violence, conflicts and religious hatred," he said. "In order to avoid such situations of hatred and intolerance, allowing individuals to believe, practice, and promote the religion according to their belief and choice without any obstacles are part of the rights of any individual." The consultation, titled Freedom of Religion and Rights of Religious Minorities, was held in Istanbul, Turkey, sponsored by the World Council of Churches and hosted by the Ecumenical Patriarch.
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