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HIGHLIGHT: EIR, November 9, 2001 Issue

Feature Section: Ecumenical Dialogue
vs. the Clash of Civilizations

Writing in EIR on Oct. 26, Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr. described Pope John Paul II in "as the world's recognized leading voice against a degeneration of religion into a new pantheon. In everything I have observed him to say and do on this account, I have found nothing which is not fully consistent with my own ecumenical outlook as expressed over more than a quarter-century to date. So far, the hope of peace hangs chiefly on the thread of his frail body. "My long-standing philosophical arguments to this effect, provide a complementary, and much more broadly applicable expression of that same ecumenical approach to the current world situation." In this Feature, we present those complementary approaches: first, through a dialogue with Italian leaders conducted by LaRouche in Rome in mid-October; and second, through the Pope's historic intervention to seek a rapprochement with China, after long years of estrangement between the Catholic Church and that nation of more than 1 billion people. Included is a report by Michael Billington on Father Matteo Ricci, the Jesuit missionary who opened the first Christian mission in China in 1581.