By Robin Gomes
The Vatican and a Jordanian institute dedicated to inter-faith studies have issued a statement urging for the protection of and respect for human life, especially that of migrants, refugees and victims of human trafficking.
The call came from the delegates of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies (RIIFS) and the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID), who held their fifth colloquium in the Jordanian capital Amman, May 9–10, on the theme, “Religions and the Dignity of Life: Christian and Muslim Viewpoints”.
At the end of their meeting, the participants issued a joint declaration stating that “life is God’s gift to all members of the one human family; therefore, it should be protected from its conception to its natural end.”
The colloquium also underscored that the human being is the apex of creation, endowed with dignity, rights and duties, hence each deserves respect, love and all means necessary for a dignified life.
RIIFS and PCID said “migrants, refugees and victims of human trafficking deserve special attention and care, to have their life and dignity safeguarded, taking into account the anthropological meaning of suffering.”
The meeting also urged that young people be educated to “respect creation and the dignity of life,” taking into account the negative phenomena in our societies.
At the end of their colloquium, the RIIFS and the PCID signed a Memorandum of Understanding to continue and their ongoing and fruitful collaboration.