The staff of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID) and the Office of Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation (IRDC) of the World Council of Churches (WCC) met for their annual meeting at the PCID premises on January 10-11, 2019.
They exchanged news and views on various activities undertaken by the respective offices in the last year and mutually shared the planned programs in the current year.
An important aspect of the meeting was an update on the document titled Education for Peace in a Multi-Religious World, the latest joint-project between the two offices, and brainstorming and mapping out a plan for a future joint- project.
Both the offices, which have been in collaborative engagement since 1977, have realized, so far, some common interreligious projects, namely, Interreligious Prayer (1994); Reflection on Interreligious Marriage (1997) and Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Recommendations for Conduct (2011).
Expressing happiness over the increasing mutual collaboration between the two offices over the years, both the delegations reiterated their desire to continue their common engagement, ecumenically, in the service of interreligious dialogue.
Pope Francis on June 21, 2018, urged the World Council of Churches (WCC) to embrace a “new evangelical outreach”. His remarks came during the ecumenical meeting to mark the 70thanniversary of the foundation of the WCC at the WCC Ecumenical Center in Geneva.