Interreligious dialogue 
Waldemar Niemotko

Interreligious (interfaith) dialogue could be seen as an exchange of spiritual gifts.  It requires quite a skill in maintaining balance between a dialogue and a mission, in adherence to the Magisterium of the Church.  Pope John Paul II stated in March 2000: "What dialogue demands of all of us is that, holding to what we believe, we listen to one another, seek to discern all that is good and holy in each other's teachings, and cooperate in supporting everything that favours mutual understanding and peace."  The Pope invited the leaders of different religions to pray together in Assisi (Italy) on 24 January 2002.  One of the calls was: "We commit ourselves to fostering the culture of dialogue, so that there will be an increase of understanding and mutual trust between individuals and among people, for these are the premises of authentic peace."  The gathering in Assisi inspired a similar spirit to prevail in other places throughout the world. The Australian cultural diversity is coupled with a broad spectrum of religions being professed. Benefit to participants is the perspective of learning about people of different faiths and being present at their ceremonies on praising the Almighty according to specific rituals.  Dioceses, parishes, religious orders, academia and community organisations share their views, in print and online. 

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