Dialogue: Okay, But What's Next?

A Response to "Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together"


Dr. Pim Valkenberg responds to the joint letter released by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar. "...dialogue cannot be measured in terms of success. We have made much progress since the start of new relationships at the Second Vatican Council. But at the same time we know that there is so much more to be done. Sometimes that awareness can be overwhelming and even depressing. At such moments it can be helpful to pause for a moment and realize that what we have witnessed recently in the United Arab Emirates is really unprecedented..."

A Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together

A Joint letter of Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar

hagia-sophia.jpg"In the name of God and of everything stated thus far; Al-Azhar al-Sharif and the Muslims of the East and West, together with the Catholic Church and the Catholics of the East and West, declare the adoption of a culture of dialogue as the path; mutual cooperation as the code of conduct; reciprocal understanding as the method and standard."

Third “Scholars in Dialogue” Meeting

Scholars Include: Dr. Amir Hussain, Dr. Zeki Saritoprak, Dr. Sidney Griffith, Dr. Christian Krokus, Dr. Sandra Keating, Dr. Rita George-Tvrtkovic, Dr. Pim Valkenberg, and Mrs. Jordan Denari Duffner

interreligious-dialogue-2.jpgOctober 6-7 2018 at the Catholic University of America the Institute for Interreligious Study and Dialogue sponsored its third "Scholars in Dialogue" Event. Scholars from across the country joined together to share discuss and share perspectives on a number of significant items. Topics discussed included: The Image of Muslims in Film and TV, the relation of American Catholic and Islam, the Al-Hashimi / Al-Kindi Correspondence, as well as individual research plans. Contact the Institute to find out more about upcoming Dialogue Events.

A Casual Conversation with a Zen Master

Life, Love, Success, Happiness, and Meaning

On September 19th The Institute welcomed Venerable Pomnyun Sunim. Sunim is one of the most recognized and influential leaders in South Korea. Sunim discussed the state of Buddhism in South Korea, his efforts to bring peace to the Peninsula, as well as his experience seeking meaning and happiness through the Buddhist tradition. Students and faculty engaged in a conversation with Sunim on topics ranging from political turmoil, self-reflection, family life, and finding meaning through personal struggles.


CUA on Tap: Finding Jesus among the Muslims

How Loving Islam Makes me a Better Catholic

folio_from_a_quran_8th-9th_century.jpgIn collaboration with Catholic University Campus Ministry Jordan Denari Duffner was invited to campus to discuss her new book, Finding Jesus among MuslimsHow Loving Islam Makes Me a Better Catholic. A PhD student of theology who has worked with Muslim and Catholic communities in the US and abroad, Duffner shared how interreligious dialogue with Muslims has impacted her Catholic spirituality and relationship with God. In addition Duffner discussed the Catholic Church’s rich tradition of interreligious dialogue, and offered concrete steps that Catholics can take to promote interreligious hospitality and to counter prejudice on campus and beyond.

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