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Pope Francis misses meeting with Jewish delegation due to knee pain

Jun 30, 2022

By Courtney Mares

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

Pope Francis meets the Buddhist Delegation of the Sangha Assembly in Chetuphon, Thailand, at the Vatican, June 17, 2022

Pope Francis: Jesus and the Buddha understood need to overcome egoism

Jun 17, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope was speaking to a Buddhist delegation from Thailand. Read more

Pope Francis met with an interreligious delegation including leaders of Buddhism in Mongolia on May 28, 2022

Pope Francis invites Mongolian Buddhists and Catholics to work together to end violence

May 28, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

"We have a duty to arouse in humanity the will to renounce violence and build a culture of peace," Pope... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin in Kiev, Ukraine, in 2017.

Cardinal Parolin says religion is fundamental to promoting peace

Apr 12, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

In Part 4 of an exclusive interview, the Vatican Secretary of State speaks about peace, reconciliation and ecumenical challenges. Read more

Pope Francis boards the papal plane to Iraq on March 5, 2021. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis plans to visit Kazakhstan in September

Apr 12, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope hopes to take part in the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions. Read more

Cardinal Michael Fitzgerald, pictured after receiving the red hat at the Vatican on Oct. 5, 2019.

English cardinal grateful to be honored by queen in annual New Year’s list

Jan 4, 2022

By Luke Coppen

Cardinal Michael Fitzgerald received the award for interfaith work. Read more

People in Strasbourg, France, hold placards reading "Catholics, muslims, jews all are Charlie" during a unity rally on Jan. 11, 2015 following a mass shooting by Muslim terrorists at the offices of the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

Christian-Muslim dialogue needs a foundation in everyday friendship, French Dominican says

Nov 26, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Progress in Christian-Muslim dialogue ultimately must come from Catholics and others who deliberately make efforts to befriend and understand Muslims,... Read more

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.

Pope Francis: All religious traditions must resist ‘temptation to fundamentalism’

Oct 7, 2021

By Courtney Mares

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

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

Pope Francis discusses education with faith leaders on World Teachers’ Day

Oct 5, 2021

By Courtney Mares

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

Pope Francis participates in an interreligious meeting at the site of Ur, outside Nasiriyah, Iraq, March 6, 2021.

What a Dominican priest from the Midwest has learned about Catholic-Muslim dialogue since 9/11

Sep 14, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Real-life relationships and a “holy curiosity” must be the basis for Catholic-Muslim dialogue, says a Dominican priest whose college discussions... Read more

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

Pope Francis: ‘The world has a profound thirst for peace’

Oct 20, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

St. Peter's Square, pictured on April 3, 2016.

Vatican official: Human fraternity is the Christian response to identity politics

Sep 3, 2020

The secretary of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has argued that as tribalism and identity politics increase, the... Read more

Image of Moroni on top of a Mormon temple.

Catholic publisher makes second apology over Mormon cover art

Aug 25, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

A Catholic publishing company has apologized for its use of a Mormon angel on the cover of two Catholic publications,... Read more

Hagia Sophia, which will be inaugurated as a mosque July 24.

Catholic, Eastern Orthodox Churches to observe day of mourning for Hagia Sophia

Jul 21, 2020

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops said Tuesday that July 24 “is a Day of Mourning” for Hagia Sophia. The... Read more

Hagia Sophia, a museum in Istanbul which was formerly a church, and then a mosque.

Hagia Sophia belongs 'to all of humanity', Eastern Orthodox patriarch says amid mosque plans

Jul 9, 2020

While Turkey’s president has made moves to close the museum at the former Christian basilica Hagia Sophia and revert it... Read more

Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, MCCJ, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

Vatican backs worldwide interfaith day of prayer and fasting

May 12, 2020

By Courtney Mares

On May 14, people of all religious affiliations are called to participate in a day of prayer, fasting, and acts... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square Nov. 13, 2019.

Pope Francis urges dialogue in face of ongoing jihadist violence in Burkina Faso

Nov 14, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis urged interreligious dialogue in Burkina Faso Wednesday as ongoing violence by jihadist groups has killed more than 750... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the Superior Committee for achieving the objectives contained in the Document on Human Fraternity at the Vatican, Sept. 11, 2019.

Catholics, Muslims pray at Vatican for September 11 victims

Sep 11, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Catholics and Muslims prayed in Vatican City Wednesday for the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks and of every act... Read more

Pope Francis delivers speech in Naples, Italy June 21, 2019.

In Naples, Pope Francis calls for theological dialogue with Islam, Judaism

Jun 21, 2019

By Courtney Mares

In Naples Friday Pope Francis delivered a speech calling for theological dialogue with Islam and Judaism in pontifical universities as... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope Francis appoints new head of Vatican’s interreligious dialogue

May 25, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis appointed Spanish Bishop Miguel Ayuso Guixot Saturday as president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.  Read more