- May 24, 2020
The Vatican-affiliated Catholic-Muslim Forum issued a statement asserting “the equal dignity and value of all persons irrespective of their race, gender, religion or social status … and we categorically condemn any attempts to stereotype any people or attribute collective guilt to them for the actions of individuals among them.”
The interviews from the three part film, “The Leaven of Good,” marking the 50th anniversary of “Nostra Aetate” and promoted by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, will find a home in the online portal of Washington’s Georgetown University.
“Our vocation to be guardians of God’s handiwork is not optional,” wrote head officials of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue in a letter to Muslims for the end of Ramadan. The letter was published one day after President Trump announced his intention to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
I am struck by the wisdom I find in the Sikh tradition, particularly on the “mercy and compassion of God.” The most important virtue, and God’s very nature for Sikhs is that God is love, mercy and forgiveness. The Sikhs call God, “Deyapati” (the Lord of all mercies, all compassion).
Bishop Miguel Ayuso Guixot, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, said of Catholic/Muslim dialogue: “On a theological level, differences still remain, and are known. Beyond any theological difference, however, we take each other’s hand to build together the common good.”
St. Pope John Paul II’s historic interreligious summit in Assisi in 1986 was a watershed moment for the Catholic Church, and when Pope Francis travels to Assisi in September to mark its 30th anniversary, he’ll once again be taking part in the annual “festival of peace” organized by the Community of Sant’Egidio.