Advances in interreligious efforts often go unnoticed

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Fr Diego Sarrió Cucarella (right) joined The Lay Centre resident community for Mass, a meal and conversation on 11 November.

By Filipe Domingues

When it comes to interreligious efforts, setbacks seem to be noted more than the growth and the advancements that are made, said an expert on interreligious dialogue in Rome.

Our resident community was happy to welcome Fr Diego Sarrió Cucarella, M.Afr, Director of Studies at the Pontifical Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (PISAI), who presided the Mass and joined us for dinner on 11 November. Fr Diego talked with Lay Centre residents about the current state of dialogue between Christians and Muslims in the world and explained the work that PISAI has done in Rome.

Fr Cucarella used an interesting metaphor to describe interreligious efforts in recent decades: “If a tree falls in a forest, everybody hears the sound. But nobody hears the tree growing.”

It was an enlightening conversation about witnessing to the world what is essential for every Christian and every Muslim, the full respect and love for all human beings.

Founded by the Society of the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers), the PISAI is “a study and research centre whose teaching and scientific activities provide the necessary preparation for an informed theological dialogue with Muslims.”

Many of The Lay Centre‘s alumni took courses at the PISAI, usually under the Nostra Aetate Foundation’s study grants, offered by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

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