Excerpts from an interview by Italian public television’s Sulle vie di Damasco, with focolarina Margaret Karram from the Holy Land.[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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The testimony of Bede Baumgartner, Swiss priest in Ivory Coast. The discovery of a vibrant culture and the effort to be close to people through acceptance and deep listening[more]
Who hasn’t suffered? But the main thing is knowing how to face suffering. Some testimonies of young people from the Focolare Movement, who come from different countries, cultures and religions.[more]
The second chapter of the Taiwan symposium-pilgrimage brought the group to Dharma Drum Mountain, the monastery of a Chan Buddhism reformer one hour from Taipei. Following are some passages from the travel diary.[more]
At the end of April in Taiwan, the sixth Buddhist-Christian Symposium, organized by the Focolare Centre for Interreligious Dialogue and several Christian and Buddhist partners[more]
The meeting on the Pacific coast with the Afro-Ecuadorians of Esmeraldas,marked by poverty but rich in human dignity and values: a premise for a real intercultural school.[more]