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Court of the Gentiles: Benedict XVI urges believers and nonbelievers to dialogue


The pope addressed the thousands who were in attendanceat the Notre Dame Cathedral, saying that God "is not a danger tosociety" but is "one of the great questions of our time."

He stressed the importance of breaking down thewalls that exist between believes and nonbelievers, which he said areoften "born of mutual ignorance, skepticism orindifference."

He noted that religions do not have to beafraid of a “fair secularism,” that allows everyone to live“according to their conscience.”

Benedict XVI said that one of the main objectives ofthe Court of the Gentiles “is to promote brotherhood” beyondbelief without denying the differences.

The conferences took place at UNESCO, the Sorbonne, andthe French Academy, meeting with the motto: “Enlightenment,religion and common reason.”

TheCourt of the Gentiles is named after the Temple Mount in Jerusalemwhere non-Jews could enter and ask religious questions.