Here we see John Paul II’s commitment of the unification of faith, while recognizing their differences and openly sharing each others human origin.
“In 1986 he became the first pontiff known to have entered a synagogue, when he embraced the chief rabbi at the Great Synagogue of Rome”
“His special efforts on Catholic relations with Jews and Judaism — unique among other religions as elder brother of Christianity, with its ongoing, irrevocable covenant with God — will be remembered as a hallmark of his papacy”
“John Paul had become the first head of his church to meet with the Sheikh-Azhar, one of Sunni Islam’s highest religious authorities. the next year, in May 2001, John Paul became the first pope ever to enter a mosque, the Great Mosque of Demascus (also known as the Umayyad Mosque), where, in the company of Muslim clerics, he prayed at the shrine of St. John the Baptist. From the beginning of his pontificate, he held nearly 50 substantive meetings with Muslim leaders – far more than those of all previous popes combined.”
“The Popes’s dialogue efforts focused especially on Islam — the great monotheistic faith that, like Christianity and Judaism, claims Abraham as its father in faith and the God of Abraham as it God.”
“Pope John Paul met several times with the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists, and with Buddhist Shintoist, Zen, and other Eastern religious representatives. In Thailand in 1984, he visited the country’s 87-year old supreme Buddhist patriarch, Vasana Tara, as the patriarch meditated in front of a golden statue of Buddha.”