Pope Francis and Ahmed el-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar in Egypt, the highest seat of learning in Sunni Islam, put these words into practice and took the opportunity of the Pope`s historic visit to sign a declaration expressing their aspirations for world peace and human understanding. The document describes itself as “on behalf of all victims of wars, persecution and injustice and those who have been tortured in any part of the world, without distinction.” She deplores “the modern signs of a “third world war, carried out little by little”, a phrase often used by Pope Francis in his many condemnations of contemporary conflicts. In any case, the mission of the Church is not to bring peace to the world, but to obtain the eternal salvation of all men by instilling the Gospel and baptizing them in faith. In 1988, Cardinal Ratzinger declared that Catholic participation in an interfaith peace concert was “impossible because of the nature of the Church.” He said that the Church would not participate in a meeting that would bring together the world`s religions on the theme of peace, because the Church “is not able to achieve peace by force…… It should not turn into a kind of pacifist political movement where the acquis of eternal peace in the world would be its raison d`exist. He said that church leaders had received “no mandate for this” from Jesus. After the Un, with a General Assembly, a Security Council and a Secretary General, the EC of Religions must be what the United Nations is for nations. It will be a “permanent gathering centre where the world`s religions pray every day, act in dialogue and action for the good of all life on this earth.” Religions will also share their holy scriptures, music, prayers and wisdom with the public on a daily basis. Instead of the light of Christ, the UR will shine, explains Bishop Swing, “the light of the spiritual traditions of the world [paganism and occultism included] in a world in desperate need of light.” Alongside the World Bank, unified religions will have a “value bank” whose investments are aimed at solving environmental, population, poverty or disease problems. The summary of the conference states: “There was a very strong consensus [among participants] that religious institutions must take primary responsibility for the population explosion.
We need to talk much more clearly about sexuality, contraception, abortion… Because the ecological crisis… is the demographic crisis. Reduce the population by 90%, and there are not enough people to do great ecological harm. The third false premise of syncretism is that the union of religions will bring peace.