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Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity January 18-25, 2015

The theme of this year's Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is "Jesus said to her, 'Give me a drink.'" (John 4:7). According to Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII), "The encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman invites us to try water from a different well and also to offer a little of our own. In diversity, we enrich each other." To purchase materials for your worship community for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, check out GEII on the web!

Greetings to the Sikh Community for the Prakash Diwas of Siri Guru Nanak Dev Sahib

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has issued greetings for the commemoration of the birth of the first Sikh Guru. The statement implores both the Catholic and Sikh communities to promote the virtue of "compassionate service".

Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue Offers Greetings on the Feast of Deepavali

The PCID issued greetings for the festival of Deepavali, to our Hindu friends and dialogue partners celebrating the festival of lights. The focus of the message is how Hindus and Christians can work together to foster a 'culture of inclusion'.

Bishops Committee Releases Statement on Muslim-Catholic Dialogue

The Bishops Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs has released a statement condemning violence and reaffirming the Catholic commitment to dialogue with our Muslim brothers and sisters.

Jewish and Catholic Leaders Release Joint Statement

The National Council of Synagogues and the USCCB Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs issued a statement pledging to build peace and understanding between faith communities. Read the full statement.

Current Issues and recent news

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has issued a message for the end of Ramadan, Towards a Genuine Fraternity between Christians and Muslims. The message can be read here.

In June, Catholic and Sikh representatives met to discuss the Urgency of Compassion in their respective traditions. The results of that meeting can be read here.

The North American Orthodox/Catholic Theological Consultation recently issued a statement: On the Occasion of the Eighty-fifth Anniversary of the Promulgation of the decree Cum data fuerit. Read the full statement.

After their annual meeting in February, Christian Churches Together (CCT) authored a press release  denouncing of mass incarceration. Archbishop Wenski recently asked the Senate to support the Smarter Sentencing Act. See the report on Smarter Sentencing.

Coming up

Nostra Aetate May 19-21, 2015

father-john-crossin-200x270A Note from our Executive Director

Una carta por nuestro Director Ejecutivo

Fr. John Crossin, OSFS,
Executive Director,
Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs

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