Kaulotu for Pacific Missionaries

Mission Magazine of the Columbans in Fiji


Kaulotu is a mission magazine produced by the Columbans in Fiji.  It can be downloaded here:  Kaulotu

The third Kaulotu for 2019 centres on Inter-Religious Dialogue (IRD) and although new to many Catholics in Fiji, the Vatican has been engaging with Inter-Religious Dialogue for over 50 years now.

In 1964 Pope Paul VI issued the Encyclical, Ecclesiam Suam, which became the first papal document from the Vatican to promote Inter-Religious Dialogue.

Following 1965 was a landmark declaration titled, Nostra Aetate, which opened with the following words:

In our time, when day by day mankind is being drawn closer together, and the ties between different peoples are becoming stronger, the Church examines more closely her relationship to non-Christian religions. In her task of promoting unity and love among men, indeed among nations, she considers above all in this declaration what men have in common and what draws them to fellowship.

Other notable mentions by the Vatican have included a strong interreligious theme in the Encyclical Redemptoris Missio (1990) as well as the declaration Dominus Iesus (2000) which asserted that IRD – does not diminish the evangelisation of Jesus Christ.

So with these ecclesial traditions we present you with a Kaulotu that takes a closer look at interreligious work throughout Fiji.

This edition opens with a Vatican history from Father Donal McIlraith, and is followed by IRD stories and experiences that have shaped the lives of local Catholics as well as one Bhai Preetam who makes it a truly IRD edition with his insights as a Sikh Head Priest.

Father Patrick McInerney then closes with wise words of counsel to some common questions about Inter-Religious Dialogue.

Table of Contents:  

  • Love your Neighbour as Yourself, page 3
  • Interfaith Search Fiji, page 4
  • Finding Things in Common, page 5
  • Elizabeth Krishna: A lifetime of Inter-Religious Dialogue, page 6
  • A Holy Pilgrimage, page 8
  • Emptying Myself, page 9
  • God is Found where People Love One Another, page 11
  • Common IRD Questions, page 12

Our hope is that this Kaulotu Magazine will help Catholics step beyond their religious boundaries and be open to understanding and respecting other faith traditions.

The magazine can be downloaded here:  Kaulotu