Latest stories: Interreligious dialogue

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

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

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

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”

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

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

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

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

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

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”

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

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

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.

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square Nov. 13, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis Urges Dialogue in Face of Ongoing Jihadist Violence in Burkina Faso

Pope Francis urged interreligious dialogue in Burkina Faso Wednesday as ongoing violence by jihadist groups has killed more than 750 people in the West African country this year. 

Logo of the Institute for Interreligious Dialogue and Islamic Studies (IRDIS) of Tangaza University College, Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya-Based Catholic College Inaugurates Institute for Interreligious Dialogue

An institute facilitating learning about dialogue between various religions of the world including Islam was officially inaugurated Friday, November 1, bringing to nine the number of Institutes that constitute Tangaza University College, the Kenya-based institution of higher learning jointly owned by dozens of religious congregations.