The Culture of Encounter: An imperative for a divided world was a conference in Rome, May 27-28, 2022 where Fr Arturo Sosa delivered one of two keynote addresses.
In his speech, Encounter as a Dimension of Cultures and a Path to Peace Fr Sosa spoke about intercultural encounter and how too often it takes place amidst conflicts of all kinds. However, intercultural encounter is a path toward justice and peace, it is a complex process of reconciliation among human beings, and its culmination is forgiveness, without which peace lacks a solid foundation.
The other keynote speaker was Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican secretary for relations with states who spoke about The Culture of Encounter and Global Governance: “From the beginning of his papacy, the Holy Father has encouraged us to see dialogue as the principal method for bringing the Gospel message of peace into our daily lives and into international relationships. The very word ‘encounter’ points to the interplay of diplomacy, global governance and the search for peace.”