Pope says world religious leaders united by truth, beauty

Pope Francis told world religious leaders that the desire to search for truth, beauty and goodness is what keeps them all united.

“We feel close to all who, despite being from other traditions and religions, feel the desire to look for truth, beauty and goodness,” said the new Pope when he received the leaders at the Vatican today.

He met with Muslim leaders, the head of Rome’s Jewish community Rabbi Riccardo di Segni and heads of other Christian denominations including Patriarch Bartholomew I of the Constantinople Church in Turkey.

And it was the first time a Constantinople patriarch attended the Pope’s inaugural Mass yesterday since the Great Schism between the Western and Eastern churches nearly 1,000 years ago.