Dialogue In Truth And Charity

"Let Christians, while witnessing to their own faith and way of life, acknowledge, preserve and encourage the spiritual and moral truth found among non- Christians" ( Nostra aetate)

'Nostra aetate is a watershed document of VAT II', said Fr. Jose Kuttianimattathil, as he explained the Church's perspective on Inter-religious Dialogue, during the seminar on the study of the Document "Dialogue in Truth and Charity".

The seminar was held on the 21st and 22nd of January 2017. Priests, Sisters, Brothers and members of lay movements such as the Focolare and Christian Family movement participated in the Seminar. A total of 185 persons attended the programme.

At the outset Fr. Sagaya John explained the need of the seminar on Inter-Religious Dialogue. The Geo Political, Social and Religious context of the Document - "Dialogue in Truth and Charity" was spelt out by Rt. Rev. Bishop Thomas Dabre, the Chairman of NBCLC while Dr. Pushparajan elaborated on the historic setting of the Document.

Fr. Jose Kuttianimattathil sdb developed the Theological perspective on Inter- religious dialogue from VAT II to Pope Francis.

"Inter-religious Dialogue should be a source of Joy to the World", said Fr, Paulachan Kochappilly CMI as he unravelled the beauty of the Celebration of Satyam Shivam Sundaram through Dialogue.

Fr. Francis Gonsalves SJ highlighted the challenges of IRD in the present Indian situation. It was interesting to note the initiatives of other religions, towards dialogue as Bro. Amalan FSC delineated a detail history of these initiatives.

The participants deliberated on the pastoral implications of the document and offered several practical suggestions, for the effective implementation for dialogue of life and action.

As the seminar concluded the participants were convinced that Inter- religious Dialogue was both a duty and a challenge for the whole Church as St. John Paul II emphasised in Ecclesia in Asia

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