The story of Mohamed, a Syrian Muslim refugee in Graz, as told at an international school on interrereligious dialogue in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, May 26 – 29, 2016[more]
With people of different religions
In view of the current world scene which is profoundly transforming itself into an increasingly multicultural and multi-religious society, the Focolare Movement is committed to promoting dialogue between religions, because the religious pluralism of the world should not be a cause of division and war, but contribute to the building of brotherhood and world peace.
Various thousands of faithful from different religions share, in as much as possible, in the spirit of the Movement, and collaborate for its goals.
The spreading of the Focolare Movement has, in fact, contributed to opening a dialogue with all the main religions of the world through its contacts with the followers of these religions, but also in contact with their leaders and members of vast movements. For some years now, there has been fraternal collaboration between the Focolare Movement and the Buddhist movement, Rissho Kosei-kai and its 6 million adherents in Japan; with an African American Muslim movement in the United States; and with various movements inspired by Ghandi in the south of India.
In 1977, in London, Chiara Lubich was awarded the Templeton Prize for progress in religion. She presented her experience before leaders of different religions and had the deep sensation that everyone present, although from different faiths, were like a single family. As she left, it was precisely the people from other religious traditions (Buddhists, Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, Hindu, etc.) who were the first to step up and offer their warm congratulations. This appeared to be evidence that the spirituality of the Movement could be shared not only by Christians, but, to some measure, even with persons of other faiths. For Chiara, these events were a sign from God, showing that the Movement had to open itself to this dialogue with the people of all religious traditions.
The dialogue that the Movement promotes is founded on the spirituality and, in particular, on the central importance of love. Love has an immediate echo in the other religions and cultures, because of the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” It is precisely by implementing the Golden Rule that fruitful dialogue is able to be established.
The effects of dialogue
There is a rediscovery of one’s own religious roots, of what unites us, a living experience of fraternity. These are just a few of the effects of dialogue lived in this spirit of communion which contributes to the unity of the human family. We strengthen our common commitment to be builders of unity and of peace especially where there is violence, such as racial and religious intolerance, that would cause a rift between members of society.
Training in dialogue.
There is a school for dialogue in the Focolare town at Tagaytay, Manila, Philippines.
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A Muslim woman from Tunisia, who has lived in Italy for 18 years, recounts her story of an “interreligious friendship”, an experience which sustained her in moments of difficulty and in the period surrounding the death of her husband, involving the whole community.[more]
Azir Selmani departed this world on April 17, 2016. He had been a teacher born in Kosovo, the father of three children and the first Muslim to embrace the spirituality of the Focolare Movement for his life. The Movement expresses its deep gratitude for his life.[more]
In Mumbai, 120 disadvantaged children take part in the Udisha (sun ray that announces a new dawn) project which offers them a concrete opportunity for human and social development. Their parents dialogue on the harmonic growth of their children and prevention of risks and abuse.[more]
In this holy month of fasting for Muslims, where prayers and works of mercy are lived with an ever greater intensity, particularly in caring for those who suffer, we ask that the God of Mercy may bestow a special blessing on us all and together we ask for the gift of Peace.[more]
A recent visit to the Sophia University Institute in Loppiano, where he gave an address during the course entitled “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Religions in the Contemporary World”, confirms the sharing of spiritual experiences and academic cooperation.[more]