From Church Resources:
Greeting a delegation of Muslim, Orthodox and Jewish religious representatives from Azerbaijan, Pope John Paul II has insisted that no one has the right to use religion as an instrument of intolerance or violence.
The delegation was in Rome to return the Holy Father’s visit in 2002 to their Caucasus country, which has only about 300 Catholics.
“No one has the right to present or use religions as instrument of intolerance, as a means of aggression, violence or death,” he stressed in his address, which he delivered in Russian.
“On the contrary, their reciprocal friendship and esteem, if supported also by the government leaders’ commitment to tolerance, constitutes a rich resource of authentic progress and peace,” the Pope said.
“Together - Muslims, Jews, Christians - we wish to address in the name of God and of civilization an appeal to humanity to halt murderous violence and undertake the path of love and justice for all,” the Holy Father continued.
He highlighted the fact that “this is the path of religions” and expressed the hope “that God will help us to go forward on this path with perseverance and patience.”