"In dialogue [with other religions] we must not be surprised, but actually expect to find God already there, and that Christ has gone before us." All Catholics are called to dialogue by their baptism, and continue Jesus' work of love and healing when they follow this call. We believe that, in our times, interreligious engagement is essential. But the first step is always to help Christians know and understand their own faith - what we believe and why - so that together we can positively engage with people from other faith communities.
Meeting God in Friend and Stranger is the 2009 teaching document on interreligious dialogue from the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. Read more
When Benedict XVI visited the United Kingdom in 2010, he spoke of the "spiritual riches" of other religions. Prayer can help explore and appreciate these ric...Read more
In 2011, one year after the historic visit of Benedict XVI to England and Scotland, the Bishops' Conference started a series of lectures to commemorate the i... Read more
Professor Gavin D'Costa.
If you're interested in organising an interreligious dialogue event or meeting, the following reports from the dioceses of England and Wales provide ideas you may find useful.
Interfaith Fair - Westminster 349.47 kB
Alfred Agius reports on an event in Hounslow that brought religions together to share food, dance and stories.
"Friends" Event - Plymouth 361.41 kB
Margaret Gibson talks of her experience of sharing the stage with two other women of faith to explain how their beliefs shape their lives.
Muslim and Christian Peace Prayer - Hexham and Newcastle 349.85 kB
Veronica Whitty reports on a short pilgrimage that allowed Muslim and Christian women to share their traditions of prayer.
Interfaith Pilgrimage – East Anglia 288.04 kB
Sean Finlay shares his experience of visiting the shrine at Walsingham with a group of people from different faiths.
Sharing faith and a moment of prayer – Plymouth 87.73 kB
Father John Pinhay, port chaplain for the Apostleship of the Sea, shares a story of how his everyday ministry provided a golden opportunity for dialogue.