In a remarkable interfaith gesture, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed and Roman Catholic Archbishop Most Reverend Henry J. Mansell met in Hartford (Connecticut, USA) and had a dialogue.
Meeting in Archdiocese of Hartford, two leaders discussed living together harmoniously as communities with seriously different traditions, etc., and agreed that more interfaith dialog was needed at both organization and individual levels among various religions/denominations aiming at deriving at a common ground. We should listen to each other from the dimensions of love, compassion, and respect; it was stressed.
Rajan Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, says that
dialogue brings us reciprocal enrichment. In our shared exploration for
truth, we should learn from each other and thus come nearer to the truth.
The Archdiocese of Hartford, established in 1843, includes about 700,000 Catholics. Over 500 priests, assisted by almost 300 deacons, minister within the Archdiocese, serving 216 parishes as well as other apostolates.
Roman Catholicism is the largest denomination of Christianity currently
headed by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI from Vatican City. Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.
Zed presented a copy of Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord), ancient Hindu scripture, to Archbishop Mansell on the occasion.