Vatican City - Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, concluded his tour of Asia in Singapore. The cardinal particularly appreciated Singapore's international commitment towards "the global quest for peace and prosperity, especially at this time, when the world is faced with enormous challenges such as religious fundamentalism and terrorism," Cardinal Parolin was quoted saying on the Vatican Radio channel.
Recalling Singapore's celebration of the 50th anniversary of its independence, which was conquered on Aug. 9, 1965, the Vatican Secretary of State said he was happy to have come to know the "harmonious" cohabitation between the country's different faiths. "I am pleased to learn that Singapore is a harmonious multi-religious society and I would like to encourage the commitment to an effective Inter-Religious Dialogue and a real Freedom of Religion," he said. (AGI)