One year after the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical Fratelli Tutti, Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle said the pope’s call for greater human fraternity must lead to a rejection of populist leaders who cloak their political agendas with religious messages or images.

“Populist demagogues’ use or misuse of religion for their interests undermine efforts that develop interreligious relationships and friendships,” said Tagle, who was archbishop of Manila since 2011, before being tapped by Pope Francis in 2019 to head the Vatican’s Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

The cardinal’s remarks came during a Nov. 8-9 conference on “The Culture of Encounter: The Future of Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue,” organized by the Jesuit-run journal La Civiltà Cattolica and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University. […]

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