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November 16

UN International Day for Tolerance


Tolerance is the strongest foundation for peace and reconciliation. It is the recognition and acceptance of appearance, opinions, beliefs and practices that differ from one’s own. Tolerance is not passive it works toward recognizing that our diversity is a strength. It is the rejection of social exclusion based on gender, disabilities, sexual orientation, and ethnic or religious background. For this purpose, the International Day of Tolerance seeks to promote tolerance, respect, appreciation and cooperation among the world’s different cultures. It strives to allow mixed communities to thrive and teaches that all humans are equally important. This is consistent with the gospel imperative to love one’s neighbor as oneself.


O God, help us to remember that, in our humanity we are one.


What are my areas of intolerance? Why do I feel this way? How can I change? How can I help stop intolerant speech?

Suggested Reading

They complain because they say if he is not one of us, he cannot do good. If he is not of our party, he cannot do good. And Jesus corrects them: ‘Do not hinder him, he says, let him do good.’ The disciples were a little intolerant, closed off by the idea of ​​possessing the truth, convinced that those who do not have the truth, cannot do good. This was wrong. Jesus broadens the horizon. The root of this possibility of doing good – that we all have – is in creation.
Pope Francis

 A serious threat to peace is posed by intolerance, which manifests itself in the denial of free conscience to others.
Pope John Paul ll

In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.
Dalai Lama XIV

Tolerance and compassion are active, not passive states, born of the capacity to listen, to observe and to respect others.
Indira Gandhi

If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.
John F. Kennedy

If we spend all our time feeding the American people fear and conflict and division, then they become fearful and conflicted and divided. And if we feed them hope and we feed them reason and tolerance, then they will become tolerant and reasonable and hopeful.
Barack Obama

Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda. Our mission, therefore, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstretched hand of generosity.
Kofi Annan

Tolerance of intolerance is cowardice.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali

The highest result of education is tolerance.
Helen Keller

If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Tolerance is giving to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself.
Robert Green Ingersoll

Tolerance is accepting differences in other people. It is thinking ‘It is OK that you are different from me.”
 Cynthia Amoroso

I have seen great intolerance shown in support of tolerance.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge