The attempts of Catholic and Orthodox Christians to promote efforts at unity between themselves and with other Christian denominations continues to be one of the major challenges for Christians today. Further, these same or similar efforts need to be extended, since they are necessary as well in regard to Jews and Muslims, who share in major ways the same biblical tradition. Increasingly both Catholic and Orthodox leaders are playing a key role in working with other faiths on issues such as the environment, health, and aspects of religious fanaticism. While the historic links with the Jewish and Muslim worlds offer more in common there is also a disturbing history of troubled relationships. The Catholic and Orthodox churches are also developing and strengthening links on common issues such as development and conservation with other major faiths such as Buddhism.
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