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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    Message for Ramadan and ‘Eid al-Fitr

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