Members of the Jain community met the Pope at Vatican City last month, with leaders from both sides agreeing to work together, especially with young people.
This was the third such meeting between leaders of both faiths. The first two were in 1995 and 2011.
At the meeting on May 31, delegates stressed the importance of educating younger generations to make them aware of their traditions, and to better respect the traditions of others.
Both groups also discussed the theme of ‘Taking care of the earth, the home of the human family’ and said they would work together to achieve that aim.
They also reflected on the Jain principle of non-violence (Ahimsa) towards all forms of life and that of Christian compassion and justice for the poorest and most vulnerable people. They also called upon the fol- lowers of both religious traditions to promote respect for the environment, stop the exploitation of natural resources, reduce all kinds of wastefulness, care for all forms of life and show more concern for future generations.