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Chavara Institute of Indian and Interreligious Studies

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    • Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 294/10, 00186 Rome, Italy

    • Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Pontifical Athenaeum of Philosophy, Theology and Canon Law, Bangalore-560 029, India
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Foster research and discussion in the fields of Interreligious dialogue and Eastern Christianity and help people to recognise and appreciate the religious, cultural, and spiritual values of the ancient religions of India aiming at a mutually enriching and meaningful encounter between the East and the West, promoting peaceful co-existence of religions and spreading the message of universal brotherhood.


CIIS was established by the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate religious Congregation, when Very Rev. Dr. Theobald Pothankckad was its Prior General, in 1977 as a response to the call of Second Vatican Council to undertake study and research of other religions with a view to enter into dialogue with them. Recognising its unprecedented growth the Centre has been elevated to the status of an Institute changing its name from Centre for Indian and Interreligious Studies (CIIS) into Chavara Institute of Indian and Interreligious Studies (CIIS), Rome. Considering its continued contributions in the field of interreligious studies and further enhancing the academic excellence, in 2010 at the request of Rev. Dr. Isaac Arickappalil CMI the Institute has been declared as an extension centre of Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram (DVK), Pontifical Athenaeum of Philosophy, Theology, and Canon Law, Bangalore, India.

IRD Activities

  • Lectures and Seminars on Interfaith Issues

    CIIS offers seminars of scholars and students who are doing research and studies in the field of Inter-faith encounter as well as extension lectures on relevant topics in the field of comparative study of religions, Eastern Christianity, and related themes

  • Prayer Meetings

    CIIS offers interfaith prayer meetings and gatherings that are attended by people from different religions.

  • Main Focus Countries of Activities

    Rome, Italy - Rome, Italy