“If God is the center of your
life, no words are necessary.
Your mere presence will
touch hearts.”

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton


“I am satisfied
to sow in tears
if I may reap
in joy.”

St. Elizabeth Seton


World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialog and Development.

“In societies increasingly made up of people of different cultures and religions, people must learn the art of dialogue and reach out to others
with respect and friendship.” Pope Francis, 2013

May 21 is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialog and Development. The day provides an opportunity to help individuals and
communities understand the value of cultural diversity and learn how to live together in harmony. It was adopted in the wake of the terrorist
attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Three-quarters of the world’s major conflicts have a cultural dimension. Bridging the gap between cultures is urgent and necessary for
peace, stability and development.

Below are a few things we can do to celebrate World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development on May 21 … or any day:

Speak up when you hear inappropriate cultural or ethnic jokes or comments. Don’t be a “silent supporter.” Let people know that
biased speech is always unacceptable.

Attend diversity-focused Zoom events or conferences. Explore the linguistic and cultural composition of the U.S. by looking at the Modern Language Association’s Language Map: https://www.mla.org/Resources/Research/MLA-Language-Map

Be culturally sensitive toward our sisters and brothers in the U.S. who have been forced to flee their homelands. They may be in
culture shock and grieving over the loss of their cultures and families. Ask, “How would I feel if I were in their shoes?”

“Let us do our part to promote culture in its diversity and in all of its forms, based on the principle that tolerance and respect for cultural diversity and universal promotion and protection of human rights, including the right to development, are mutually supportive.” United Nations General Assembly

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