Ecumenism and dialogue with other religions
Anna Artymiak talks to Brother Alois, the new superior of the Taizé community.
The Taizé community organises annual youth meetings in various European cities at the end of December and the beginning of January. »
The Congress of UGCC Theologians was held in Lviv in January 2007, which was 70 years after the Uniates' meeting in the same city. The participants came from the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC). There were several bishops and almost 250 theologians. »
Wlodzimierz Redzioch talks to Giorgio Paolucci, editor-in-chief of the Catholic Italian daily 'Avvenire' and the co-author of the book 'I cristiani venuti dall'Islam' (Christians Coming From Islam) written together with the Lebanese journalist Camille Eid.
The followers of Islam in Muslim countries, who have converted to Christianity, face persecutions. In some countries they are devoid of their civil rights and even face death threats. »
The analysis of Fr Samir Khalil Samir, Egyptian Jesuit, lecturer in Arabic culture and Islamology at St Joseph University in Beirut
Analysing the Koran one cannot clearly state that an apostate is to be condemned to death. There are 14 chapters called suras concerning penalties for this crime but only one sura states that 'God will inflict on them severe punishment in this world and in the eternal life'. »
Fr Andrzej Przybylski talks to Brother Marek, member of the Taizé community
For 40 years, at the end of the old and beginning of the new year, young people have met to pray for peace and reconciliation in the world. This year's meeting, which was initiated by the ecumenical community in Taizé, will be held in Zagreb. »
Wlodzimierz Redzioch talks to Fr Egidio Picucci, OFMCap, the director of the missionary paper 'Continenti', published by the Italian Capuchins, and an expert in Turkey and its history.
On the occasion of the Feast of St Andrew the Apostle, Benedict XVI is going to Turkey; this is his first visit to Asia. »
After World War I the Ottoman Empire collapsed, which concluded with the birth of the Republic of Turkey. Although its charismatic leader Atatürk created a secular state he based it on the nationalistic ideology, making Islam the national religion. There was no place for Christians and other religions. Today Turkey aspires to join the European Union. »
Muhammad awarded the status of 'protected people' to Christians. In fact, Christians were tolerated, were free to practice their religion and keep their traditions. However, they had a lower social and legal position in the Muslim society. The tolerance of the sultans and Christians' contacts with Europe made Christians the best-educated social group in the empire. »
Fr Dr. Piotr Gasior talked to Rev. Prof. Krzysztof Koscielniak
On the eve of the apostolic journey of Benedict XVI to Turkey Fr Dr. Piotr Gasior talks about the foundations of the inter-religious dialogue to Rev. Prof. Dr. Krzysztof Koscielniak, expert in Islam and lecturer at the Pontifical Academy of Theology. »