Pope: Religious Values Vital in Globalization

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VATICAN CITY, JUNE 18, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Religious values are important in the process of globalization, says Benedict XVI.



The Pope made this point Saturday when receiving in audience Jan Eliasson, Swedish foreign minister and president of the 60th session of the U.N. General Assembly.

"The central theme of the conversation," said a press statement issued by Joaquín Navarro Valls, director of the Vatican press office, "was the process of globalization, of which some of the shortcomings were highlighted, above all the scant recognition given to the religious dimension."

"Without the contribution of religious values, even human rights could lose consistency," the communiqué added.

The 25-minute meeting was held, without interpreters, in the Pope's private library.

"Particular emphasis was laid on the need to overcome contrasts and to build bridges so that all aspects of globalization can come together for the common good and peaceful coexistence of all peoples," the Vatican press statement said.

The statement added: "Attention was also given to the contribution that the meeting between religions can make toward peace and solidarity among all inhabitants of the planet."