Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI made one of his rare public appearances on Tuesday to be feted by his successor Pope Francis. Benedict, an 89-year-old German, stood without a cane for part of a ceremony in a Vatican hall to mark the 65th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.
The British Ambassador to the Holy See Nigel Baker gives a reflection on ecumenical dialogue, particularly as the Anglican Centre in Rome marked its 50th Anniversary. This reflection, entitled ‘Disruptive Dialogue,’ is from Ambassador Baker’s blog available on the British Embassy to the Holy See Website.
If India were to have patron saints, then perhaps we might say that Swami Vivekananda is the patron saint – or guru – of Inter-religious encounter, or perhaps, in the modern terminology, patron saint of Interfaith Dialogue, for he travelled to the Americas and participated in the inaugural Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in 1893. We bring you excerpts from his speech on this occasion of the Birthday of Swami Vivekananda. (Vivekananda Jayanti)
Dr Taranjit Singh Butalia, leader of the World Sikh Council, was among the delegates invited to the 25th Anniversary of the Assisi World Day of Peace