An economical effort to extol peace and foster common understandingDrawing on his vast experience and deep-seated Catholic faith, Francis Cardinal Arinze offers insights and ideas that give rise to a new, hopeful era of interreligious cooperation. Exploring the fundamental principles of several key religions, this chronicle pursues a singular message that emphasizes the fundamental requirement for peace—respect for God, respect for the human person. Referring to the exploding occurrences of sectarian-fueled violence in every country, leaders of all faiths are forced to answer hard questions about the role of religion in a world that is increasingly becoming a base for unrest and war. Addressing these challenges directly, this thoughtful study simplifies the myriad abstract questions blocking world peace, while validating each argument with real-world solutions—a refreshing reminder that people of all religious devotions can speak together in the name of common peace.
Reviews"This is a book that needs to be read, reflected on, and responded to by all who care for the future of mankind." —Rabbi Dr. Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of Britain and the Commonwealth
"A must-read for all religious leaders and practitioners." —Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed, Secretary General, Islamic Society of North America
"A valuable resource for all committed to the goal of the peace of the world and the common good." —Dr. George Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury
"Arinze encourages religious leaders to "conscientize" their followers, as well as to foster the study of other religions." —Publishers Weekly
Author BiographyRaised in a mud-brick bungalow in Nigeria, Francis Arinze began his life in Eziowelle, in Anambra State, in Africa's most populous country. Arinze studied theology in Rome and in 1958 was ordained a priest. After ordination, Father Arinze remained in Rome where he earned a Master's degree in theology in 1959. The following year, he earned his Ph.D. in sacred theology, summa cum laude; his doctoral thesis on "Ibo Sacrifice as an Introduction to the Catechesis of Holy Mass" was the basis for his much-referenced, "Sacrifice in Ibo Religion," published in 1970. A principal advisor to Pope John Paul II, and a prominent leader of the Catholic church, Arinze was a highly-esteemed papabile for the 2005 papal election. Now as Cardinal Bishop of Velletri Segni, he continues to strive to improve interfaith communications and cultivate world peace.