Ecumenical Community of Grandchamp – Contemplative Journey towards Unity
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Ecumenical Community of Grandchamp – Contemplative Journey towards Unity

Each sister, Sister Anne Emmanuelle explains, has to leave the specificities of her Church to enter into the dimension of the community of Grandchamp, and she noted that this journey invariably evokes all the richness of the universal Church that emerges from this unity. “We all humbly advance on the path of Christ’s love,” and…

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: 18 – 25 January
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: 18 – 25 January

Our spiritual well-being is as important as our physical well-being. In the past year both of these have been seriously challenged: the COVID-19 pandemic has caused us to be careful about our own health, taking precautions such as washing hands and wearing facemasks and maintaining social distance. Some of us have been ill or have…

Indonesia: Islam’s ‘Smiling Face’.
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Indonesia: Islam’s ‘Smiling Face’.

Indonesia: a country with the largest Muslim population in the world. Of two hundred million Indonesians, approximately eighty-seven percent are Muslim, mainly Sunni. There are numerous other groups, a few with a vociferous fundamentalist bent, though a tolerant Islam based on Javan traditions dominates. A saying that has become widespread claims that Indonesia presents Islam’s…

North Africa: Two Recent Events Illumine Church on the Margins
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North Africa: Two Recent Events Illumine Church on the Margins

In their collective statement circulated Tuesday, November 3, CERNA members identify Pope Francis’ New Encyclical, Fratelli Tutti and the forthcoming canonization of Blessed Charles de Foucauld as “the two recent Church events” that “shed a new and joyful light on what we are living.” They term the Holy Father’s Encyclical a document that sheds light on the value of…

India: A Paragon of Interreligious Dialogue
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India: A Paragon of Interreligious Dialogue

Though his heart was very much with Hinduism’s ancient wisdom, he did not neglect other realities that had become part of the Indian Church. He clearly articulated it in 1996: “The earlier concern of Indian theology was focused on Vedanta, perceived as the most representative thing of India. Now the most representative reality in India…

Pakistan: Farewell to Fr Francis Nadeem OFM Cap., a Builder of Bridges among People of Different Faiths
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Pakistan: Farewell to Fr Francis Nadeem OFM Cap., a Builder of Bridges among People of Different Faiths

Lahore (Agenzia Fides) – “We have lost a wonderful priest and friar, who humbly served in his community, and also reached people of other faiths with the Christian message of peace and love. A priest who was known, appreciated and loved not only among Christians, but also among faithful of other religions”: is what Archbishop…

Pakistan: A Striking Example of Interreligious Experience
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Pakistan: A Striking Example of Interreligious Experience

Catholic priest Father Abid Habib followed Muslim funeral traditions after the death of his father. A cleric read aloud the Salatul Janazah (Islamic funeral prayer) as the former Capuchin superior joined his relatives in burying the coffin in the Muslim graveyard of Chak Hakeem Imam-ud-Din in Punjab province this month.Retired major Habib Ahmed, 96, was among the first recruits…

World Interfaith Harmony Week: Message of Pope Francis to Arab Media Convention on Human Fraternity
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World Interfaith Harmony Week: Message of Pope Francis to Arab Media Convention on Human Fraternity

I greet all of you present, and I greet especially all the people in humanity who help their poor, sick, persecuted, and weak brothers and sisters, regardless of religion, color, or race. A year ago, my brother, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Dr. Aḥmad al-Tayyib, and I signed a document on human fraternity in the…

World Interfaith Harmony Week: The Impact of Nostra Aetate
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World Interfaith Harmony Week: The Impact of Nostra Aetate

In other words, Nostra Aetate set in motion a process of learning in the Church. The voice of the Spirit does not only sound in drafting commissions and in the carefully related hierarchies of Vatican documents. This is where it is important to set Nostra Aetate within the wider framework of the Council’s overall vision and purpose. Behind…

World Interfaith Harmony Week: 1st Anniversary of Document on Human Fraternity
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World Interfaith Harmony Week: 1st Anniversary of Document on Human Fraternity

The “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together”, signed in Abu Dhabi a year ago by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmad Al-Tayyeb,  was widely hailed as a milestone, not only regarding relations between Christianity and Islam, but as a blue-print indicating the way to a culture of dialogue…