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Interreligious Dialog

The Commission for Interreligious Dialogue was founded in 2002 within the Union of Superiors General (USG). After the Congress on Religious Life, held in Rome in 2004 on the theme, "Passion for Christ - Passion for Humanity", the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) also joined, sending some representatives.

So, composed of members of both Unions, the Commission aims at keeping alive within the General Councils issues relating to interfaith dialogue, providing a platform for discussion and study for all interested persons, and organising initiatives to spread a “culture of interreligious dialogue” among Religious resident in Rome. It also works with SEDOS on themes of mutual interest.

The Commission normally meets three times a year at the UISG offices. Each smester it offers a half-day of in-depth study to all the Religious (men and women) of Rome. Sometimes experts preside, or visits are organised to places of significance for other Religious.

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Myanmar - Interreligious dialogue "on the ground": Jews, Catholics and Buddhists together for street children

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myanmarINTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE - The Salesian centre for street boys in Mandalay, the second most important city of Myanmar, now has a new dormitory and a new refectory, thanks to the generous donation of a wealthy retired US businessman of Jewish origin, and his wife. Fr Peter Myo Khin, SDB, who runs this Salesian centre, and all the young people...

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Franciscans and Interfaith Harmony in Pakistan

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interfaitINTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE - On 18 December 2016, the Franciscan JPIC of Pakistan, in collaboration with Kawish Resource Centre and the OFM Special Commission for Dialogue with Islam, organized an “Interfaith Celebration of Eid e Milad ul Nabi and Christmas”. Fr. Jamil Albert, OFM, a member of the OFM Special Commission for Dialogue...

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Bridges - Building relationships between Christians and Muslims N. 73

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bridgesINTERRELIGIOUS DIALOG - In his last Saturday Audience for the Jubilee Year of Mercy on the 12 th of November 2016, Pope Francis presented an important aspect of mercy: inclusion. He said, “In His plan of love God, in fact, does not want to exclude anyone, but wants to include all.” He added: “And we Christians are invited to use the same criterion...

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A Bridge Between Texas Christians and Jews

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texas museumINTERRELIGIOUS DIALOG - The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance Dallas has created the Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell Upstander Award, which will be awarded personalities distinguished for their action in defense of human rights, against racial hatred and prejudice and for spreading knowledge about the Holocaust. The first edition...

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ASIA/INDIA - Kashmir crisis: the Church launches a major national interfaith prayer

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kashmirINTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE - We announce a major national prayer to be held on Sunday, October 16, 2016: all the Bishops, all the priests, religious and laity, will animate Masses, liturgies, vigils and prayers for the good of the nation. We call on all men and women of good will to join us and pray for our beloved country, invoking...

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