Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue (PCID) visit here.

The PCID is the central office of the Catholic Church for the promotion of interreligious dialogue in accordance with the spirit of the Second Vatican Council, in particular the declaration of "Nostra Aetate".  To read the Declaration on The Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions Nostra Aetate proclaimed by His Holiness Pope Paul VI on October 28 1965 view here.

N.B. It should be noted that the PCID does not have responsibility for Christian-Jewish relations.  These are the competence of the Commission for Religious Relations with Jews, which comes under the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.


 Blessing on the Occasion of the

 Inaugural  Interfaith prayer Breakfast  2014


Let us seize this opportunity to demonstrate our mutual respect for one another.

We declare publicly to Parliamentarians of all parties our sincere appreciation for the commitment each has made to upholding the values and traditions of this great Nation.

By the grace of God may you discharge your responsibilities indiscriminately with courage, compassion and integrity respecting and upholding the dignity of all Australians and the whole of humanity. 

May God bless you and keep you,

May the face of God shine upon you and be gracious to you

May he look upon you and give you peace.

Book of Numbers 6:24-36


 The following was reported in a parish bulletin from the  Abraham Faiths Conference 2011 titled

"Abraham for the 21st Century - How can this figure revered in the three traditions speak to us today? 

I am delighted to report that at least two parishioners were among the 150 people attending this conference a week or so back...

 As one attendee wrote to me " Along the religious journey, one is sometimes pleasantly surprised by the experience of a crossroad, a point in the pathway of self-discovery when one witnesses the journey of others travelling on what appears initailly to be a difficult road.. Stimulated by three out-standing presenters... the pilgrims soon realized we were far from being at a crossroad and more like travellers on a three lane highway with more in common than at difference.  The alliance of friendship recognised social justice, rightousness and spiritual strength , all attributes of Abraham, as being common ground.  Indeed goals in which to base our lives."  These themes have often enough been the subject of various papal pronouncements on interreligious dialogue, especially working for social justice for the common good, a critical awareness of our texts, seeing what unites, coming to know the "other" at the interpersonl level.  I ask myself how many people of the Jewish and Islamic faiths do I know?.. Very few.   Conferences like this one are very important.  Thank you for taking the time to go.

To download a copy of the Keynote address by Rev Dr Dan Madigan (Director of Graduate Studies in the Theology Department, Georgetown University USA) visit here.
Rabbi Paul Jacobson (Emanuel Synagogue Woollahra) Jewish response
Professor Zeki Saritoprak's (Nursi Chair in Islamic Studies at John Carroll University) Muslim response.
To view the powerpoint presentation, composed of feedback from group table disscussions  download here.


8th Abrahamic Faiths Conference.  Professor Neil Ormerod from the Australian Catholic University addressing the topic "The Abrahamic Faiths, their relevance and contribution to society today". 

Read the full transcript here or alternatively view the feedback from round table discussions on the night here.


The Dialogue Decalogue: Ground Rules for Interreligious, Intercultural Dialogue. 

By Leonard Swidler 
The "Dialogue Decalogue" was first published in the Journal of Ecumenical Studies in 1983 and has been translated into more than a dozen languages. It is presented here in a slightly revised version. While the "Dialogue Decalogue" was originally written primarily to further interreligious dialogue it has recently been adapted to a variety of other circumstances to help people of diverse ideologies and value systems build bridges and find common ground.  View here.
Hoffman Sacred Heart Prayer