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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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A New Vatican Document on Catholic-Jewish Relations

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vativcanINTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE - A new Vatican Document on Catholic-Jewish Relations called "The Gifts and the Calling of God are irrevocable" (Rom 11:29) was promulgated on 10th December. A reflection on theological questions pertaining to Catholic–Jewish relations on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of "Nostra aetate" (no.4)...

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Pakistan - Muslim students in defense of religious minorities

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bargadpreviewINTERRELIGIOUS DIALOG - Necessary to put an end to discrimination and prejudice against religious minorities in Pakistan: with this spirit more than 500 young Muslims gathered in recent days in Lahore thanks to the initiative of "Bargad", the largest Pakistani NGO dedicated to the development and education of young people, spread...

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Promote healing, not just heaven, religious leaders told

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INDONESIA - Deep religious divisions in Indonesia are a threat to the country's national unity, activists and faith leaders warned. They delivered their concerns in an Oct. 27 seminar in Jakarta that celebrated the 87th anniversary of the Youth Pledge — where Indonesian youths on Oct. 28, 1928, expressed a commitment to maintain national unity...

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Pakistan - Jinnah Institute roundtable,"Liberal and progressive voices are being silenced"

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ISLAMABAD - The Jinnah Institute convened on Thursday a roundtable on ‘Religious Minorities and Freedom of Expression in Pakistan’ to discuss increasing intolerance and its impact on country’s beleaguered religious minorities.The conversation began with participants commenting on reduced space for constructive critique and public dialogue...

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A common word: An interfaith experience of Islam

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INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOG - They travelled from California in the United States to Yogyakarta in Indonesia in search of a common word.  The 10 students were from Santa Clara University’s Jesuit School of Theology (JST) and the trip in January was for a three-week immersion in Islam. The 2015 Indonesia Immersion is part of a...
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President of European Rabbis says religious communities must stand together

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rabbis popepreviewINTERRELIGIOUS DIALOG - In a meeting on Monday with members of the Conference of European Rabbis, Pope Francis spoke of the troubling anti-Semitic trends in Europe today, 70 years on from the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp from the Nazi regime. Greeting the group, which represents more than 700 Rabbis from synagogues across the continent...

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Interreligous Prayer at the Antonianum

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ofm turkishpreviewINTERRELIGIOUS DIALOG - The evening of April 14, 2015 was a memorable one for the academic community of the Pontifical University Antonianum. St. Francis Hall was packed with people for an interreligious prayer service promoted in the “spirit of Assisi”, by the Friars of Istanbul and the “Whirling Dervishes, who are linked by old friendship. The latter, Muslims in Istanbul...

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Buddhists and Christians, together to counter modern slavery

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Dialogo-messaggio-PontificioINTERRELIGIOUS DIALOG - “Buddhists and Christians, together to counter modern slavery” is the title of the message from the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue to Buddhists, to celebrate the month of Vesakh, the commemoration of the three most significant events in the life of Gautama Buddha – his birth, enlightenment and death. This occasion...

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«Mercy Is the Great Marian Message for an Authentic Christian-Muslim Dialogue»

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INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOG - Interview with Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyon and Primate of the Gauls... Eminence, you were the guest of honor at the Muslim-Christian Marian Celebration on 25 March, in Lebanon, on the Feast of the Annunciation. What do you retain in your heart from this rich and promising event, and why is Mary...

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Singapore - A missionary: "Lee Kuan Yew, a man of dialogue and religious harmony"

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lee yewINTERRELIGIOUS DIALOG - "Lee Kuan Yew managed to create a country that is a model of peaceful coexistence among religions, in which there was genuine religious freedom. After the race riots in 1969, harmony among ethnic groups and religions was the leitmotif of his national policy": is what Fr. Joseph de Dinechin, MEP, French missionary...

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Christians and Buddhists meet in Bodh Gaya, India

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christians buddhistsINTERRELIGIOUS DIALOG - 15 delegates from the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, and 15 representatives of the three main Buddhist denominations - Theravada, Vajrayana, and Mayahana - met at Bodh Gaya, a Buddhist site in Bihar (India), on Wednesday  to discuss the family, understood both as the "basic cell of society," as well as the expression...

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