Ecumenism and dialogue with other religions

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No more war!

Fr Lukasz Jaksik

Thousands of visitors from all over the world and thousands of Cracovians. Catholics, Christians from various denominations, representatives of non-Christian religions and intellectuals. All of them had one prayer intention. »

The Spirit of Assisi in Krakow

Msgr Ireneusz Skubis talks to Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow.

The Servant of God John Paul II was concerned about peace that is transcendental and universal. It means that it is the work of all people regardless of their confession, religion or culture. »

You should trust God

Anna Artymiak talks to Brother Alois, the new superior of the Taizé community.

30th European Young Adults Taizé Meeting in Geneva

Piotr Drzewiecki

The Taizé community organises annual youth meetings in various European cities at the end of December and the beginning of January. »

The historic Congress of Ukrainian Theologians

Jan Kulowski

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. »

Unity - the essence of Christianity

Artur Stelmasiak

Hard times lie ahead Christianity in Europe. When lay environments, secularism and other religions influence this continent more and more, ecumenism seems to be a special challenge to Christianity. 'There is a growing need for Christian unity.' »

Christian converts from Islam

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 problem of apostasy in Islam

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'. »

Taizé - a parable of reconciliation

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. »

'Grace to you and peace...'

Fr Ireneusz Skubis

When we look at Benedict XVI's visit to Turkey we must admit that it has been extremely important for the dialogue between the great religions of the world. The Pope brings about in the name of God's love unity and peace in the world. »

Asia Minor - ancient Christian land

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. »

Turkey in the 20th century

Wlodzimierz Redzioch

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. »

Christians in the Osmanic Empire

Wlodzimierz Redzioch

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. »

Dialogue of life

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. »

Editor: Tygodnik Katolicki "Niedziela", ul. 3 Maja 12, 42-200 Czestochowa, Polska
Editor-in-chief: Lidia Dudkiewicz • Translation: Aneta Amrozik • E-mail: redakcja@niedziela.pl