Documents on interreligious dialogue from 1963
ZENIT News Agency, The World Seen from Rome
Book Culls Interreligious Documents
Covers Papal and Vatican Texts of 1963-2005
VATICAN CITY, OCT. 20, 2006 (Zenit.org).- A new book brings together in one
volume all papal and Vatican documents on interreligious dialogue from 1963
Monsignor Felix Machado, undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious
Dialogue, presented the 1,766-page volume today. The presentation took place
in conjunction with that of the Vatican's message to Muslims at the end of
Published by Libreria Editrice Vaticana in Italian, French and English, the
book is entitled "Interreligious Dialogue in the Official Teaching of the
Catholic Church from Vatican Council II to John Paul II (1963-2005)."
Monsignor Machado explained that the work has two objectives: "The first
is to offer Catholics an easy access to the theological motivations of interreligious
dialogue, explained by the magisterium."
The second objective, he said, is to "offer followers of other religions
the official teaching of the Catholic Church on the different religions of
The book begins with documents of Popes Paul VI, John Paul I and John Paul
It continues with documents published by dicasteries of the Roman Curia and
legislative texts of the Church on this matter, taking passages from the
Code of Canon Law.
The volume also includes an appendix with documents of the International
Theological Commission on the subject, as well as geographical and analytical