Vatican urges Buddhists to join fight against corruption

The Vatican is advising Buddhists to work with Christians to combat corruption, saying corrupted political, business and religious leaders set lives at risk, damage the environment and threaten governance.

The Vatican’s interreligious dialogue office issued a message to Buddhists to mark the vacation of Vesak, which is celebrated at different times around Asia and the Indian subcontinent.

In the message published Wednesday, the Vatican said the “evil” of corruption cannot be met with silence, and advised Buddhists and Christians to work with media and civil society to expose corrupt practices and hold white-collar offenders accountable. It said: “People are scandalized by incompetent and corrupted legislators, ineffective legislation and the failure to investigate major corruption cases.”

It warned that populist movements backed by religion fundamentalists have arisen to protest the law-and-order breakdown.

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