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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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Bishop urges Indian youth to promote 'interreligious dialogue'

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indian youthINTERRELIGIOUS DIALOG - The head of the Indian Catholic Youth Movement, Bishop Hendry D'Souza of Bellary, has raised his voice about the necessity of religious tolerance and interreligious dialogue in India. “Social amity should not be the responsibility of the government alone, rather all citizens of the country have a bounden duty...

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Relations with the Anglican Communion and World Methodist Council

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unityINTERRELIGIOUS DIALOG - When he was installed as Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby met with all of his 37 fellow primates and committed himself to visit each of them in their own provinces within his first 18 months. Given his high profile interventions in the political and social life of his own country, and his various ecumenical visits, this was a demanding commitment...

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity highlights role of women in Churches

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week prayerpreviewINTERRELIGIOUS DIALOG - Ecumenical celebrations on the theme of the Samaritan woman at the well can also challenge Christians to “give equal standing” to women in the different Churches today. From January 18th to 25th, Christians in many countries around the world mark the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, reflecting together on how to overcome...

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Sweden: from the Churches an appeal against religious hatred

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alicepreviewINTERRELIGIOUS DIALOG - "We, representatives of different religions and denominations in Sweden, distance ourselves from the aggressiveness, hatred and violence related to religion. Instead, we want to reiterate that religions are an opportunity to contribute to community building and democratic development in Sweden and in the world"...

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For Moscow, it is time to respond to Pope Francis' ecumenical openings

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TURKEY- Pope Francis and BartholomewINTERRELIGIOUS DIALOG - "We cannot wait" was the title of a long article published on 4 December on the Russian Orthodox website bogoslov.ru, signed by Hieromonk Ioann (John Guaita). In it, after summarising the highlights of the pope's visit to the patriarch of Constantinople, the author expresses his thoughts about the urgency for the Orthodox Church...

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Indonesia - First Interreligious Congress dedicated to "true brotherhood"

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Romo-Aloys-Budi-PurnomopreviewINTERRELIGIOUS DIALOG - To live and give witness to "true brotherhood": was the aim of the interreligious Congress held in recent days by the Archdiocese of Semarang, in Central Java. This is a new and unique initiative of its kind at a national level: "A congress dedicated to brotherhood, which was attended by not only the followers of the great religions...

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Christians and Hindus to nurture a "culture of inclusion" against the "globalisation of indifference"

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hinduespreviewINTERRELIGIOUS DIALOG - In its message for the Hindu festival of Diwali, which this year falls on 23 October, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue noted that whilst globalisation has opened up new avenues for development in the world, at the same time, it "has contributed to the fragmentation of society," the spread of materialism and consumerism...

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Event on October 6th organised by USG/UISG Inter-religious Dialogue Commission

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INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOG - Second in a triduum of events leading up to the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, organised by USG/UISG Interreligious Dialogue Commission.  6 October 2014 at the UISG building in Piazza Sant’Angelo, Rome. "Nostra Aetate and the praxis of dialogue – the “how” and the “why”...

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Peace is the future: Religions and Cultures in Dialogue

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INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOG - The 28th edition of the International Meeting People and Religions will take place in Belgium, in Antwerpen, from 7th to 9th September.After the great Opening Assembly, the participants in the meeting, representatives from religions and the civil society from all over the world, as well as representatives...

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Pontifical Council speaks out against terror in name of religion

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INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOG - The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has issued a statement deploring the upsurge in violence in Iraq, calling on religious leaders, those involved in interfaith dialogue and on all men and women of good will, to unequivocally condemn terror in the name of religion...

 

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Furious at global injustice

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beritpreviewINTERRELIGIOUS DIALOG -  Berit Hagen Agøy, general secretary of the Council on Ecumenical and International Relations in the Church of Norway, is passionate about changing the world for the better and fighting the injustice that exists. She has been committed to this cause since childhood, when she and her family spent a year in Uganda. In her teenage years, she got involved...

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