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Building Bridges
Interreligious Dialogue on the Path to World Peace

Francis Cardinal Arinze (about)

Offers collaborative action and mutual encouragement in our search for God.

Paperback; 116 pages; 2004

ISBN: 978-1-56548-203-6

About this Book

Today, more and more people of different religions have the chance to meet. How should they interact with each other so that they foster mutual understanding and respect? What problems might this new world of dialogue create? Will it lead to compromising ones faith? Cardinal Francis Arinze answers these and many other timely questions in this engaging and enlightening interview.

Towards the Unity of the Human Family
Ron Kronish, Director, Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel

Posted on Huffington Post on 4/3/2014

The article refers to a conference in Italy entitled: “Together, Towards the Unity of the Human Family." Rabbi Ron Kronish writes: “I have been active with the Focolare movement in Israel and internationally, and have always found them to be genuine dialogue partners, and serious activists for making our world more human, compassionate and loving.” “While respecting each person's individuality, and each religion's particularity, all the speakers at the conference -- Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs -- stressed our common humanity and our common universal values.”

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"There is no more articulate or stronger voice for authentic and productive interreligious dialogue than that of Cardinal Arinze. In the face of religious extremism, increased secularism, and the inequities of globalization, collaborative action to address key global challenges is perhaps the best way for religious communities to achieve what Cardinal Arinze describes as the ultimate goal – mutual encouragement in our search for God.”

Dr. William F. Vendley
Secretary General World Conference of Religions for Peace

"Firmly convinced that there is no alternative for interreligious dialogue, Cardinal Arinze answers questions for even the most reluctant Christian. He responds with the facility, conviction, and clarity that exemplified his years as President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. Cardinal Arinze engages in a discussion and debate on several of the now persistent questions.”

John Borelli
Georgetown University

Author Info

Francis Cardinal Arinze, born in Nigeria in 1932, was ordained a priest in 1958, and was named bishop in 1965 and archbishop of Ontisha in 1967. In 1984, Pope John Paul II chose him to be president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, where he served until 2002. In 1985, Arinze was made a cardinal.

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