On Wednesday 23 February, Catholicos Aram I lectured at the Georgetown University campus in Doha on the topic “The Response of Religions to Current Issues and Challenges.”
In his lecture he spoke of how religion, when it moves from the private to the public sphere, shapes people’s self-understanding. With this changing perspective, he noted, interreligious dialogue becomes imperative. This dialogue is easier between the three monotheistic religions, because they have common roots and share common values, which should enable them to work together on issues of human rights, global warming and other social concerns.
According to His Holiness, interreligious dialogue, however, should not only be a dialogue on theological precepts; rather, it should primarily be a dialogue of life and lead to cooperation among people. The Catholicos said that globalization, which has brought people closer to one another and exposed them to each other’s religions, may open the way to interreligious dialogue’s becoming a way of life and leading to peaceful coexistence among people. “After all,” Aram I ended, “peace is at the heart of all religious life.”