What is Interreligious Dialogue

Interreligious dialogue is a meeting of people of differing religions, in an atmosphere of freedom and openness, in order to listen to the other, to try to understand that person’s religion, and hopefully to seek possibilities of collaboration.  It is hoped that the other partner will reciprocate, because dialogue should be marked by a two-way and not a one-way movement.  Reciprocity is in the nature of dialogue.  There is give and take.  Dialogue implies both receptivity and active communication.

Cardinal Francis Arinze, Meeting Other Believers (1997), 5.

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  • Call to Action

    Call to Action

    Fourth Session of Christian–Muslim Summit, Teheran, Iran

    Delegations of Sunni and Shia Muslims and Catholic and Anglican/Episcopal Christians have said that hatred, humiliation and persecution based on distorted understandings of the Bible or Qur’an “offends God.” 

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  • Deepavali 2016 – Hindu Festival of Light.

    Deepavali 2016 – Hindu Festival of Light.

    Vatican's Message: "Promoting Hope Among Families - Christian and Hindu"

    The President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran has sent a Message to Hindus for the Feast of Deepavali (Diwali), entitled Christians and Hindus: Promoting hope among families.

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  • Interfaith Peace March in Kachin State, Myanmar

    Interfaith Peace March in Kachin State, Myanmar

    Christians and Buddhists Together for Peace

    Despite the reintroduction of democracy last year, the Burmese Military, over whom the governing party has constitutionally no control, continues to wage its often violent offensive in a number of ethnic-majority States in Myanmar, such as Kachin. Ordinary people, risking their own security, decided to take to the streets today, encouraged and led by both Christian and Buddhist representatives.

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    Kurt Zion, Columban Father, Philippines

    Fr Kurt Zion speaks of a recent life-sharing and life-changing IRD experience in Mindanao, and reflects on the learning of this, and other interreligious encounters he had Fiji, and will soon have in Myanmar.  

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  • Dialogue at the Vatican

    Dialogue at the Vatican

    Columban Collaboration with the PCID

    This is an article from September 2016’s Australian Far East magazine, describing the work of the Columban Procurator General, Fr Robert McCulloch.

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  • Dialogue in Dublin

    Dialogue in Dublin

    Columban Centre, Store Street.

    The new Columban Centre in inner City, Store Street, Dublin is leading the way in IRD, ecological and community activities for the rapidly changing demographic of the city. 

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  • Growing Beyond Majority/Minority to Become Brothers in Humanity

    Growing Beyond Majority/Minority to Become Brothers in Humanity

    Louie Ybanez, Columban student, Philippines

    Whether one belongs to the minority or the majority does not matter. What is most needed is our constant openness to engage with people from other faiths, to find the good in them and to appreciate our difference, rather than to let it divide us. 

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