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A book detailing fifty years of interreligious dialogue presented at the Vatican



A press conference was held in the Vatican on Tuesday morning to present a book entitled: Interreligious Dialogue in the Official Teaching of the Catholic Church (1963-2013). The book, in its third edition was presented by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and Fr. Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot, M.C.C.J., secretary of the same dicastery, along with the volume’s editor, Capuchin Archbishop Francesco Gioia. The book is fundamentally a collection of Council texts, encyclicals, apostolic exhortations and addresses from John XXIII to Benedict XVI. There are also some documents from the dicasteries of the Roman Curia regarding interreligious dialogue. In total there are 909 documents.
Cardinal Touran noted that the novelty of this third edition consists in the collection of annotated texts by Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, whose contribution, he said, was decisive. In the seven years of his pontificate, he continued, “we find 188 texts regarding interreligious dialogue from Benedict XVI, compared to 591 from John Paul II during more than a quarter of a century. Attention to this theme has been constant, indeed growing, in each pontificate, he noted. Benedict XVI proposed a 'dialogue of charity in truth', Cardinal Touran said.




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