Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, in a message Friday to the International Conference on Interreligious Dialogue, stresses "religion's unique prospect to provide a balance to the world of globalisation, to combat fundamentalism and racism and to develop religious tolerance in a world of conflicts, as well as the preservation of natural balance."
The conference completed its three-day sessions in Budapest on Friday evening, in the framework of the Hungarian presidency in the European Union in the first half of 2011.

Bartholomew underlines in his message that the Ecumenical Patriarchate since 1994, with a series of international events, has promoted and deepened interreligious dialogue, believing that the religious communities can contribute to the handling of global challenges, such as racism, intolerance, extremism and terrorism, realising at the same time that they belong to humanity, live in the same world and are the creations of the same God.