Interreligious dialogue

Dome of the Rock with Christian church in foreground in Jerusalem. | Shutterstock

Pope Francis Underlines "universal value" of Jerusalem in Speech to Palestinians

Mar 9, 2023

Pope Francis underlined the “universal value” of Jerusalem in a meeting with members of a Vatican-Palestinian interreligious dialogue group on Thursday.

Pope Francis meets a Buddhist delegation from Cambodia on Jan. 19, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Discusses "ecological conversion" with Buddhist Monks from Cambodia

Jan 19, 2023

Pope Francis spoke with Buddhist monks from Cambodia on Thursday about the need for “ecological conversion.”

Pope Francis speaking at the general audience on St. Peter's Square, Nov. 9, 2022 | Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

Pope Francis: Bahrain Trip "a new step" in Christian-Muslim dialogue

Nov 9, 2022

Pope Francis said Wednesday his trip to the Gulf kingdom of Bahrain was a new step on the journey to create “fraternal alliances” between Christians and Muslims.

Pope Francis prays during an interreligious peace appeal at the Colosseum in Rome, Oct. 25, 2022. | Vatican Media

"Let us be free from the nuclear nightmare": Pope Francis Leads Peace Appeal at Colosseum

Oct 25, 2022

Pope Francis raised the spectre of nuclear war at an interreligious appeal for peace at the Colosseum on Tuesday. 

Pope Francis speaking at the Expo center in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, where he celebrated an outdoor Mass on Sept. 14, 2022. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Says His Thoughts Are with War-torn Ukraine on Feast of the Holy Cross

Sep 14, 2022

Pope Francis said that his thoughts are with Ukraine on the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. 

Pope Francis speaking in Nur-Sultan hall in Kazakhstan , Sept 13. 2022. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Urges Peace in "senseless and tragic war" in Ukraine

Sep 13, 2022

Pope Francis arrived in Kazakhstan Tuesday urging dialogue and peace in the face of Russia’s “senseless and tragic war” in Ukraine.

"Every human being is sacred": Pope Francis to Religious Leaders in Kazakhstan

Sep 13, 2022

It is the task of religions to remind society of the sacredness of all human life, Pope Francis told leaders of the world’s religions in Kazakhstan on Wednesday.

Pope Francis delivers a homily from a wheelchair, June 5, 2022. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Misses Meeting with Jewish Delegation Due to Knee Pain

Jun 30, 2022

Pope Francis missed a meeting with a Jewish delegation on Thursday morning after experiencing a flare-up of knee pain, according to the Vatican.

Pope Francis attends the concluding ceremony of the Prayer for Peace Meeting organized by the Sant’Egidio Community at Rome’s Colosseum, Oct. 7, 2021. Vatican Media.

All Religious Traditions Must Resist "temptation to fundamentalism": Pope Francis

Oct 8, 2021

He was speaking at an interreligious gathering in front of the Colosseum.

Pope Francis with participants in the meeting “Religions and Education: Towards a Global Compact on Education” at the Vatican, Oct. 5, 2021./ Vatican Media.

On World Teachers’ Day, Pope Francis Discusses Education with Faith Leaders at Vatican

Oct 5, 2021

Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Sikh, and Jain representatives gathered at the Vatican.

Logo of the of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) and the Council of Episcopal Conferences of Europe (CCEE)/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishops in Africa, Europe Jointly Encourage Fostering of Inter-Religious Dialogue

Jun 4, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Africa and Europe have, in a joint statement, encouraged the fostering of inter-religious dialogue in their respective continents in line with the message of Pope Francis in his October 2020 Encyclical Letter, Fratelli Tutti.

Late Sheikh Aima Mamadou Traore Boikary who died April 13 reportedly after a long illness. He was 77 years old. Credit : Courtesy Photo

Clergy in Ivory Coast Eulogizes Muslim Leader as Interreligious Dialogue “ardent artisan”

Apr 14, 2021

Following the death of the President of the Higher Council of Imams, Mosques and Islamic Affairs (COSIM) in Ivory Coast, members of the Clergy in the West African country have expressed their condolences to the Muslim community, describing the late religious leader as an “ardent artisan” interreligious dialogues, particularly between Muslims and Christians.

Pope Francis light a candle during an interreligious ceremony in the Campidoglio Square, Rome, Oct. 20, 2020. / Vatican Media

"Today the world has a profound thirst for peace": Pope Francis

Oct 20, 2020

Pope Francis affirmed the signal importance of peace at an interreligious gathering Tuesday on Rome’s Capitoline Hill.

Archbishop Paul Desfarges of Algiers, Algeria.

Inter-religious Dialogue “a path to universal brotherhood”: Archbishop in Algeria

Jul 20, 2020

The Archbishop of Algiers in Algeria, Paul Desfarges, who was recently appointed to the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue (PCID) has, in an interview with ACI Africa, underscored the value of interreligious dialogue describing it as “a path to universal brotherhood.”

Cheick Aïma Boikary Fofana, President of the Superior Council of Imams, Mosques and Islamic Affairs (COSIM).

Bishops in Ivory Coast Pay Tribute to Muslim Leader Known for Interreligious Dialogue

May 23, 2020

Following the death of the President of the Higher Council of Imams, Mosques and Islamic Affairs (COSIM) in Ivory Coast, Catholic Bishops in the West African nation have, in a collective statement, expressed their condolences and spiritual closeness to the Muslim community, describing the late Ivorian religious leader as “a great figure of interreligious dialogue.”

Bishop Nicolas Pierre Jean Lhernould of the Diocese of Constantine in Algeria.

Christians and Muslims in Algeria “maintain links” despite Lockdown: Bishop of Constantine

May 7, 2020

Christians and Muslims in the North African nation of Algeria have sought to maintain interpersonal connections going beyond religion amid COVID-19 restrictions and the ongoing holy month of Ramadan, the Bishop of Constantine told Vatican News in an interview.

Phillip Cardinal Ouedraogo, President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), Archbishop of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Interreligious dialogue Vital “in fight against terrorism in Sahel”: SECAM President

Mar 8, 2020

As the crisis in the Sahel region deepens, with reports of recurrent terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, and Chad, the President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has told ACI Africa that interreligious dialogue is quite significant in resolving the conflict and called on the West to stop arms trade on the continent.

Italian Ambassador in Kenya during his courtesy call to the Institute of Religious Dialogue and Islamic Studies (IRDIS) of Tangaza University College (TUC), Nairobi on January 28, 2020. From left: TUC's Vice Chancellor Designate, Prof. David Wang’ombe; Ambassador Alberto Pieri; Second Secretary, Italian Embassy in Kenya, Giacomo Montemarani; and IRDIS Director, Fr. Innocent Maganya / Tangaza University College

Italian Ambassador in Kenya Explores Collaboration on “matters of Interreligious dialogue”

Jan 31, 2020

The Italian Ambassador in Kenya, Alberto Pieri, is exploring the possibility of collaborating with the Institute of Religious Dialogue and Islamic Studies (IRDIS), one of the nine Institutes of the Kenya-based Catholic Institution of higher learning, Tangaza University College (TUC) on issues related to dialogue between members of different religions, ACI Africa has been told after the Ambassador paid a courtesy call to the institute Tuesday, January 28.

Participants at the 2020 IDFP Conference in Abuja, Nigeria. /

Urgent “need to sustain culture of genuine interreligious dialogue”: Nigerian Prelate

Jan 25, 2020

At a conference bringing together a section of members of Nigeria’s Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace (IDFP), the Archbishop of Abuja, Ignatius Ayau Kaigama has recalled the challenges of religious intolerance, extremism and violence in his country and called for genuine dialogue between members of different religions as the way to peace in Africa’s most populous nation.

Monsignor Nicolas Lhernould, the newly appointed Bishop for the diocese of Constantine in Algeria

French-Born Bishop-Elect for Algeria’s Constantine Diocese Hopes for Hospitality

Dec 11, 2019

The newly appointed Bishop for the diocese of Constantine in Algeria, French-born Monsignor Nicolas Lhernould has expressed hope for being accorded the warm welcome of hospitality by the people of God in his new jurisdiction soon after the Holy Father’s decision was made public Monday, December 9.