Posts Tagged ‘Interreligious dialogue’

The friendship between Catholics and Jews goes deeper than diplomacy

Thursday, December 7th, 2023
Catholics and Jews

Recently, we have been hearing Israeli and diaspora Jewish voices expressing disappointment at the Catholic Church’s reaction to the terrorist attacks of Oct. 7. The claim is that the pope has not sufficiently condemned the crimes of Hamas and, furthermore, that he has created a symmetry between Hamas and Israel in his comments. If that Read more

Mongolian Catholics hear of hope in arid desert

Monday, September 4th, 2023
Mongolian Catholics

Pope Francis on Sunday told Mongolian Catholics that only love can truly satisfy our hearts’ thirst. In his historic first visit to Mongolia, the pope spoke to about 2,000 people at Ulaanbaatar’s Steppe Arena and emphasised God’s presence in difficult times. Francis drew parallels with life in Mongolia, where about 30% of the land is Read more

Singaporean nun’s interfaith work honoured by Muslim charity

Monday, August 21st, 2023

Commitment to interfaith understanding and cooperation has resulted in Singaporean nun Sister Theresa Seow (pictured) being honoured with an Exemplary Interfaith Award. Jamiyah Singapore – the Muslim non-profit organisation behind the award – aims to “work and contribute towards the welfare and overall development of the Muslim community and mankind”, according to its website mission Read more

“Reckless” Pope committed to dialogue

Thursday, March 11th, 2021
interreligious dialogue

Papal critics have accused Pope Francis of being “reckless” and verging on heresy in his outreach to Muslims. “There are some critics who say the pope is not brave but ‘reckless’, that he’s taking steps against Catholic doctrine. That he’s one step from heresy,” the pope told journalists, March 8, on the plane from Iraq Read more

Religious fundamentalism is a plague, says pope

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

An important way to oppose the plague of religious fundamentalism is through interreligious dialogue, says Pope Francis. It is an effective means of countering accusations that religions sow division, he told representatives from the Argentine Institute for Interreligious Dialogue this week. In “today’s precarious world, dialogue among religions is not a weakness. It finds its Read more

Global leader in contemplative prayer dies

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Trappist priest, Thomas Keating, who was a global leader in both Christian contemplative prayer and interreligious dialogue, has died. He was 95. He died at St Joseph’s Abbey, Massachusetts, where he had been abbot from 1961 to 1981. In the early 1980s Keating began his role as one of the chief architects of the contemporary Read more

Interreligious dialogue with Mammon?

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Shortly after my ordination and assignment to Japan, an elderly Japanese priest told me about an experience he had as a young man sometime before World War II. A European bishop was visiting Tokyo, and the then-young priest was assigned to be his tour guide for a day. In the morning, they went to the Read more