A prominent Thai Buddhist monk called on people around the world to understand their respective beliefs so that they could âshare and respectâ other religions.
Dec 31 2021
Senior Buddhist monk Phramaha Thongrattana Thavorn, a member of the Focolare movement, also known as Luce Ardente, is seen greeting Pope Francis in this undated photo from the Focolare movement.
BANGKOK: A prominent Thai Buddhist monk called on people around the world to understand their respective beliefs so that they could âshare and respectâ other religions.
In an interview, senior Buddhist monk Phramaha Thongrattana Thavorn said: “It is not necessary that different religions resist or compete.”
The Thai monk is a member of the Focolare Movement, an international organization that promotes the ideals of unity and universal brotherhood.
He adopted an Italian name, “Luce Ardente”, literally “fiery light”, a name given to him by the founder of the Focolare Chiara Lubich at a meeting in Italy more than a quarter of a century ago.
“We must respect the doctrine of all religions,” said the religious leader when asked how non-Catholic educators can respond to Pope Francis’ call to teach beyond what is in the school curriculum .
In his Global Compact on Education, the Pope urged educators to promote the holistic development of children so that they not only have the skills they need, but also the âright heartâ to be able to have a positive impact on the world.
“I would like to ask everyone, of all religions, to make the effort to find the diamond – the true meaning of the doctrine – of their own faith,” said Luce Ardente.
He said that every believer is a representative of his faith and “should deepen the doctrine of [his or her] religion so that after careful study they can share and promote understanding of their religion to the world.
In predominantly Buddhist Thailand, Catholic schools have historically played an important role in the development of youth, particularly in the English language and views on the world community. –LiCAS news