"We need also to be
patient if we want
to understand those
who are different from us.
People only express
themselves fully when
they are not
merely tolerated,
but know that they are
truly accepted.
If we are genuinely
attentive in listening to
others, we will learn to
look at the world
with different eyes and
come to appreciate
the richness of human
experience as manifested
in different cultures
and traditions.
We will also learn to
appreciate more fully
the important values
inspired by Christianity"

Pope Francis
Message for the 48th
World Communications Day
June 1, 2014 


The culture of encounter

From the outset of his Pontificate, Pope Francis has insisted on the importance of the “culture of encounter”: within the Church, with believers of other religious traditions and with non-believers.  Diversity should never be seen as an obstacle rather as a challenge to search for greater mutual enrichment and unity in doing good.

Strengthened by this invitation as well as our particular attention for the Holy Land, which is a perfect laboratory in which to practice the culture of encounter among members of different faith communities, we are dedicating a special space to this theme on our website.

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The courage of encounter and an outstretched hand

The Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre was in the Holy Land with his team in early...

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In Rome the exhibition “Menorah: worship, history and myth”

Jerusalem and Rome. There are so many elements linking these two cities. An exhibition hosted in...

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The culture of encounter at the very heart of the mission of the Church

Msgr. Giuseppe Lazzarotto, in what way could the agreement signed on June 26, between the Holy See...

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Rabbi Skorka: a vision of peace for Jerusalem

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the Conciliar Declaration on the Church’s...

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The example and legacy of Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, Knight Grand Cross of the Order

We wish to pay tribute to a great man of the Church, a member of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre,...

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Christians and Jews today: “Encounter must be face to face”

Interview with Belgian Rabbi David Meyer, lecturer at the “Cardinal Bea” Center for Judaic Studies...

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Three voices mark 30 years of Assisi meeting

  During 2016 members of the Order were able to participate in their respective dioceses, in...

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Interreligious dialogue: the way to peace

"The Catholic Church rejects nothing that is true and holy in these religions”, which...

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An important encounter to pray for peace in the Middle East

Francis believes in prayer and believes in the divine gift of peace. Fortified by these...

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Dialogue of life between Christians and Muslims

From 1981 to 1994, Father Michel worked at the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. He...

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"There's no relation that can't be transformed"

Rabbi David Rosen – International Director of Interreligious Affairs of the American Jewish...

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