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Representatives of Moscow Patriarchate take part in the meeting with President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue 

On November 26, 2021, the “Pokrovskie Vorota” Cultural Center in Moscow hosted a thematic meeting on “The Relevance of Interreligious Dialogue.” Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and Prefect of the Commission for Religious Relations with Muslims, spoke at the meeting.

The Moscow Patriarchate was represented by hieromonk Grigory (Matrusov), chairman of the Patriarchal Experts’ Council for cooperation with the Islamic world; and D.I.Menyailov of the DECR secretariat for interreligious relations. Taking part in the meeting on the part of the Roman Catholic Church were Archbishop Paolo Pezzi, Ordinary of the Archdiocese of the Mother of God in Moscow; Mons. Lucio Sembrano of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue; and Mons. Peter Tarnavsky, Apostolic Nunciature adviser. 

At the beginning of the meeting Cardinal Guixot recalled how the idea of interreligious dialogue emerged in the Roman Catholic Church and pointed out the major landmarks of the development of dialogue since the 1960s. Pope Paul VI instituted a Council for Interreligious Dialogue and issued the Nostra Aetate Declaration. Pope John Paul II set up a Committee for Relations with Islamic World within the Council for Interreligious Dialogue and organized a meeting in Assisi. Pope Benedict XVI used to devote due attention to interreligious dialogue and speak about the necessity for establishing contacts with other faiths with respect to their identity, but in full awareness of our own identity. 

Cardinal Guixot told the participants about his vision of interreligious dialogue: it should not be about disagreements and contradictions, but be based on the “rich diversities” and on striving to do good which all traditional religions proclaim. “Such dialogue is far from proselytizing, but is based on openness and mutual respect. Religious variety could be likened to different notes or various voices which together create music.”
At the end of Cardinal Guixot’s presentation the participants had an opportunity to ask him a few questions.   

The meeting at the “Pokrovskie Vorota” Cultural Centre was held in the framework of Cardinal Guixot’s visit to Moscow during which he had talks with Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations.

DECR Communication Service
Photo: A.A.Ignatenko

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