You are invited to join speakers from Judaism, Islam and Christianity in conversation. Rabbi Jonathan Infeld, Imam Mohammad Shujaath Ali Nadwi, and Sr. John Mary Sullivan, FSE, will talk about how mercy is understood and practised in three Abrahamic faiths. Arabic and Jewish live music will be played.
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 5-8 p.m.
Location: John Paul II Pastoral Centre, 4885 Saint John Paul II Way
Cost: $20/adult and $10/student, includes dinner
The CCCB’s document on the 50th anniversary of Second Vatican Council’s Decree on Ecumenism, Unitatis Redintegratio. To download or order printed copies, click here.
CCCB Commission on Christian Unity, Religious Relations with the Jews, and Interfaith Dialogue published two documents to mark the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s Decree on Ecumenism, Unitatis Redintegratio, on November 21, 2014.
The shorter version is entitled “A Church in Dialogue: Catholic Ecumenical Commitment and the longer version “A Church in Dialogue: Towards the Restoration of Unity among Christians” which provides an in-depth presentation of the Church’s commitment to ecumenical dialogue.
To download or order printed copies, click here.
The way to build unity is dialogue. Dialogue requires patience, mutual respect and understanding as well as acceptance of one’s own limits and of the riches that the partner in dialogue can offer. It implies willingness to learn from each other which Pope Francis emphasizes in the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium: “How many important things unite us! If we really believe in the abundantly free working of the Holy Spirit, we can learn so much from one another! It is not just about being better informed about others, but rather about reaping what the Spirit has sown in them, which is also meant to be a gift for us.” (n. 246) The Catholic Church has pursued the dialogue with other Christian Churches and ecclesial communities in order to overcome dividing differences in matters of doctrine and practice and to grow in mutual understanding. Pope Francis underlines the importance of trust in the Evangelii Gaudium: “We must never forget that we are pilgrims journeying alongside one another. This means that we must have sincere trust in our fellow pilgrims, putting aside all suspicion or mistrust, and turn our gaze to what we are all seeking: the radiant peace of God’s face. Trusting others is an art and peace is an art.” (n. 244)
Dialogue with Other Churches
The Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on the Relations of the Church with Non-Christian Religions, Nostra Aetate, urges the faithful that “through dialogue and collaboration with the followers of other religions, carried out with prudence and love and in witness to the Christian faith and life, they recognize, preserve and promote the good things, spiritual and moral, as well as the socio-cultural values found among these men.” Pope Francis underlines the importance of the dialogue when he says: The Catholic Church is conscious of the importance of promoting friendship and respect between men and women of different religious traditions and of the responsibility which all of us have for our world, for the whole of creation, which we must love and protect. There is much that we can do to benefit the poor, the needy and those who suffer, and to favour justice, promote reconciliation and build peace.
Interfaith Work implies
- Overcoming fear
- Respecting one another’s worship
- Building relationships
Archdiocesan Commission for Ecumenism and Interfaith Relations
The Commission works closely with the Archdiocese’s Coordinator for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations. The members are appointed by the Archbishop to promote and support the ecumenical and interfaith work of the Archdiocese.