Inter-religious Dialogue

 

 

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The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for...

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, #27

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St. Anthony Messenger Magazine Online has published a number of interesting articles relevant to interfaith dialog. These are a source of good, brief backgrounders on the topic. We have listed some of them below:

bullet Recognizing Our Common Roots: Catholic-Jewish Relations Today by Pat McCloskey, O.F.M.

bullet Dialogue Among World Faiths by Dr. Diana Hayes

bullet Truths Jews, Christians and Muslims Hold in Common by Msgr. Joseph M. Champlin

bullet The Jewish People: Our Ancestors in Faith by Kevin Regan -Youth Update - "What do Jewish people believe in? How are Judaism and Catholicism related? Learn about the Jewish religion, history, practices and culture in this article written for Catholic teens."

bullet World Religions: A Primer for Catholics by Virginia Smith - Catholic Update -

bullet Catholics and Muslims: Two Faiths, One God by Kevin Regan

"Islam is the fastest growing major religion in the world today. From a population base of 200 million in 1900, Islam grew more than fivefold during the twentieth century. The change in Muslim/Catholic demographics over the past thirty years is striking. In 1970 there were 554 million Muslims in the world, and 666 millions Catholics; by the Great Jubilee of 2000, Islam could count 1.2 billion adherents, and Catholicism almost 1.1 billion." -- World religions by the numbers by George Weigel

bullet Our Jewish Heritage by Martin K. Barrack - "The life of our Lord and the practice of Catholics is so much prefigured in our Jewish origins. We are in the line stretching to Abraham and, as a consequence, so much of what we do and understand as Catholics reminds us of our Jewish origins."

bullet Peter Kreeft has written a series of articles that outline the main theological and practical differences, as well as the important common elements, between Christianity and Judaism, Hinduism, and Islam.

bullet Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue - Official Church documents on interfaith dialog and several messages on the occasion of various religious holy days and feasts.

bullet Mission and Interreligious Dialogue: Documents - "Some pertinent articles, and references to other articles and books, which will be useful to readers interested in interreligious dialogue in the context of Jesuit ministries."

bullet Ecumenism and Interfaith Dialogue & Non-Christian Religions from the Theology Library - provides several links to relevant material.

bullet The War Within - "A video documentary exploring how various world religions view peace and suffering, especially in the light of September 11th 2001. The video highlights an understanding of how ideals and values are mirrored in other cultures, using religious leaders to establish a discussion. The video lasts for 32 minutes and 51 seconds."

bullet Inter-faith Calendar : Major Feasts

The following web sites focus on Jewish-Christian relations and provide a large number of useful documents:

bullet Jewish-Christian Relations - "devoted to fostering mutual respect and understanding between Christians and Jews around the world. Here you will find articles, reviews, reports, official statements, and study resources on Jewish-Christian relations, as well as links to many related organizations."