Nevada, Jan 8 (IBNS) A US based Hindu group has welcomed call for dialogue by Pope Benedict XVI and have asked him to take the lead in organizing one.
In his annual address to the members of diplomatic corps accredited to Holy See on January seven in Vatican City, Pope reportedly said: "... building peace through dialogue is no longer a choice but a necessity!"
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA), termed Pope's stress on building peace through dialogue as a "step in the right direction".
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, said that serious and honest interfaith dialogue was the need of the hour and Pope should take the lead in organizing one.
He argued that Pope, being the leader of the largest religious organization of the world with about 1.2 billion followers, should invite leaders of major world religions and denominations to Vatican City and initiate the dialogue.
"After intensive deliberations, this meeting of world religious leaders should come up with a concrete plan about the common religious concerns like human improvement, peace, ecological responsibility, social & economic development, etc. Maybe this gathering could become an annual feature after that," Zed said.
Pope heads the Roman Catholic Church, which is the largest of the Christian denominations.