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Jesuit leader tells tells bishops that inter-religious dialogue is a duty

To dialogue with representatives of other faiths in situations of violence and polarisation is often difficult, but essential, according to Jesuit Superior-General Fr Peter-Hans Kolvenbach.

Speaking to bishops assembled at this month's World Synod in Rome, he said dialogue is not only the duty of the experts, but it requires sharing one's life at all levels with people of other faiths as a duty and responsibility.

Fr Kolvenbach said: "Many Catholics still do not understand very well what the Church intends in the mission and in a spirituality of dialogue."

He pointed out that authentic dialogue mirrors the example of the life of Jesus and it was specifically requested by Vatican II.

Fr Kolvenbach said Pope John Paul II has opened many doors that had been closed for centuries.

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