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The Pontifical Council
Pontifical Council
for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID) is a dicastery of the Roman Curia, erected by Pope Paul VI
Pope Paul VI
on 19 May 1964 as the Secretariat for Non-Christians, and renamed by Pope John Paul II on 28 June 1988. Its current President
President
is Jean-Louis Cardinal Tauran, who assumed his position on 1 September 2007.

Contents

1 Mission

1.1 The Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with Muslims

2 Current activities 3 Messages and statements 4 Importance of interfaith issues 5 Structure

5.1 Decision-making body 5.2 Advisory body 5.3 Executive body

6 Presidents of the Pontifical Council
Pontifical Council
for Interreligious Dialogue 7 See also 8 References 9 External links

Mission[edit] The PCID is the central office of the Catholic Church
Catholic Church
for promoting interreligious dialogue in accordance with the spirit of the Second Vatican Council, in particular the declaration Nostra aetate. It has the following responsibilities:

to promote mutual understanding, respect and collaboration between Catholics and the followers of others religious traditions; to encourage the study of religions; to promote the formation of persons dedicated to dialogue.

While the Council is responsible for the promotion of inter-religious dialogue, it does not cover Christian-Jewish relations. This is the responsibility of the entirely separate Pontifical Commission of the Holy See for Religious Relations with the Jews, which reports to the Pontifical Council
Pontifical Council
for Promoting Christian Unity, and is headed by the Cardinal President
President
of that Pontifical Council, Kurt Koch. The PCID is the central hub for dialogue in the Catholic Church. However, dialogue is often carried out at the local level by individual churches, many of which are supported by regional or national dialogue commissions. The PCID works closely to support these commissions and encourages their formation in areas where they do not yet exist. The PCID is restricted to matters of religion and interreligious dialogue. It does not address social or economic issues, which are covered by other departments in the Roman Curia.[1] The Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with Muslims[edit] Main article: Commission for Religious Relations with Muslims The Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with Muslims is affiliated with the Pontifical Council
Pontifical Council
for Interreligious Dialogue, and the President
President
of the Council is President
President
also of that Pontifical Commission. The Secretary of the Commission for Religious Relations with Muslims is Monsignor
Monsignor
Khaled Akashed. The Consultors of the Commission are:

Fr. Cornelius Afebu Omonokhua, director of the Department for Inter-religious Dialogue of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria; Fr. Amir Jaje O.P., secretary of the Episcopal Commission for Inter-religious Dialogue of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Iraq; Fr. Felix Korner S.J., professor of the theology of religions at the Pontifical Gregorian University; Rotraud Wielandt, professor of Islamic studies at the University of Bamberg, Germany; Ian Netton, vice director of Arab and Islamic studies at the University of Exeter
University of Exeter
and professor of Islamic studies at Sharjah, United Arab Emirates Romana Bashir, head of the Christian Study Centre in Rawalpindi, Pakistan[2]

Current activities[edit] The PCID undertakes a range of activities that support its work of promoting mutual understanding between Catholicism and other religions. It welcomes visitors to Rome, it visits others, runs meetings and publishes "a bulletin, called "Pro Dialogo" three times a year, containing "significant Church texts on dialogue, articles, and news of dialogue activities throughout the world" and an Interreligious Dialogue Directory. Messages and statements[edit] On Tuesday, 12 August 2014, the Pontifical Council
Pontifical Council
for Interreligious Dialogue released a statement calling for religious and political leaders (especially those who are Christians or Muslims), members of those two faiths and all other faiths and belief systems, and all people of good will to condemn unequivocally the crimes of ISIS in the areas they control in the Middle East, especially in Iraq
Iraq
and Syria, where they have repeatedly used public beheadings and crucifixions of men, women, and children, and sold women as slaves and/or as potential wives for unmarried militants. They have also destroyed and desecrated many holy sites (many but not all of them Shiite, Yezidi, or Christian) and have trapped Yezidis and Christians on a mountain in northern Iraq, which led to a U.S. series of airstrikes and humanitarian airdrops, mostly of food and water; no foreign ground troops are as yet involved. The document also called for greater collaboration between Christianity and Islam and other faiths and peoples, recalling the courage and fortitude through many setbacks of interreligious relations and dialogue of the prior decades and in prior history, which was crucial in producing today's considerable progress, which could be endangered by such acts. The credibility of such religious and political leaders, and all others of such faiths, would be damaged if they do not speak out.[3] Importance of interfaith issues[edit] The council was created in 1964 as the Secretariat for Non-Christians under Pope Paul VI
Pope Paul VI
and rededicated as the Council for Interreligious Dialogue under Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II
in 1988. On 11 March 2006, Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI
placed the PCID under the leadership of the Cardinal President
President
of the Pontifical Council
Pontifical Council
for Culture, Paul Poupard. However, as this was seen as reducing the status of interfaith affairs, Pope Benedict again gave the Council its own President
President
in 2007. Structure[edit] The PCID consists of a decision-making body, an advisory body and executive body. Decision-making body[edit] The Members of the Council is the PCID’s decision-making body. Around 30 in number, members include Cardinals and Bishops from around the world. Every two or three years, a Plenary Assembly is convened to discuss important issues and to set guidelines for the work of the Council. Advisory body[edit] The PCID has an advisory body of around 50 adivisors, called Consultors, who provide research, advice and information to the Council. The Consultors are specialists in religious studies or in the practice of inter-religious dialogue, hailing from all corners of the world. Executive body[edit] The PCID’s executive body comprises the President, Secretary, Under-Secretary, bureau chief for Islam, staff members for Africa and Asia, a staff member for new religious movements, as well as administrative and support staff. Jean-Louis Cardinal Tauran
Jean-Louis Cardinal Tauran
is the President
President
of the PCID. He was appointed to the position on 1 September 2007. Dr. Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot
Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot
was named by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI the Secretary of the PCID on June 30, 2012, replacing Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata in the position.[4] On January 29, 2016, Pope Francis appointed Ayuso Guixot as the Titular Bishop
Titular Bishop
of Luperciana.[5] The Undersecretary of the Pontifical Council
Pontifical Council
for Interreligious Dialogue is Father Indunil Janakaratne Kodithuwakku Kankanamalage. Father Kankanamalage was a member of the clergy of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Badulla
Badulla
in Badulla, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
and has served as a Professor at the Faculty of Missiology at the Pontifical Urban University.[6] Presidents of the Pontifical Council
Pontifical Council
for Interreligious Dialogue[edit]

# President Took office Left office

1 Paolo Cardinal Marella 19 May 1964 26 February 1973

2 Sergio Cardinal Pignedoli 6 March 1973 15 June 1980

3 Jean Jadot 27 Jun 1980 8 April 1984

4 Francis Cardinal Arinze 8 April 1984 1 October 2002

5 Michael L. Fitzgerald 1 October 2002 15 February 2006

6 Paul Cardinal Poupard 11 March 2006 1 September 2007

7 Jean-Louis Cardinal Tauran 1 September 2007 incumbent

See also[edit]

Catholicism portal Vatican City portal

John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue Michael L. Fitzgerald Pontifical Council Studia Linguarum

References[edit]

^ "THE PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE". Vatican.va. Retrieved 30 September 2017.  ^ "Inter-religious affairs: Pope appoints Rev. Fr. Omonokhua consultor". Daily Trust. Retrieved 8 July 2016.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-08-12. Retrieved 2014-08-12.  ^ "Pope names Islamic expert to Vatican interreligious dialogue council". CNS News. Retrieved 8 July 2016.  ^ " Pope Francis
Pope Francis
ordains new bishops in traditional service at the Vatican". Daily Mail. Retrieved 8 July 2016.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-12-05. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 

External links[edit]

Pontifical Council
Pontifical Council
For Interreligious Dialogue web page Official history of the PCID Official vatican.va web page GCatholic.org Commission for Religious Relations w

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