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The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue

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  • Conseil pontifical pour le dialogue interreligieux; Pontificio Consiglio per il Dialogo Interreligioso; Pontificium Consilium pro Dialogo inter Religiones

    • Via della Conciliazione 5-7, 00120 Rome, Italy
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Promote mutual understanding, respect and collaboration between Catholics and the followers of others religious traditions; encourage the study of religions; promote the formation of persons dedicated to dialogue.


Foundation in 1964, known as the Secretariat for Non-Christians, but in 1988 the name was changed to the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

IRD Activities

  • Welcoming Visitors

    The PCID receives many visits from religious leaders. They are invited to dialogue with staff members (where appropriate, audiences are arranged with H.H. the Pope). There are also meetings with bishops coming to Rome for their five-yearly "ad limina" visits, and with other groups of visitors

  • Visits

    The President and the Secretary visit local churches to become more familiar with the local situation and to encourage dialogue. On these occasions they visit leaders of other religions and different institutions in order to promote better understanding and collaboration

  • Meetings

    The Council organises dialogue meetings, or more often participates in such meetings organised by other bodies, at regional, national or international levels. These meetings may be bilateral or multilateral

  • Foundation 'Nostra Aetate'

    The PCID has set up a Foundation whose purpose is to promote dialogue, mainly by according grants to people of other religious who wish to study Christianity

  • Publications

    A number of books and pamphlets have been published on different aspects of interreligious dialogue. The Council usually publishes the Acts of the dialogue meetings it organizes. A bulletin, called "Pro Dialogo", is published regularly three times a year, containing significant Church texts on dialogue, articles, and news of dialogue activities throughout the world. An Interreligious Dialogue Directory has also been published

  • Commission for Religious Relations with Muslims

    The PCID has a special commission for relations with Muslims. This is composed of a President, Vice-President and Secretary, and has a small group of eight Consultors. It engages in studies on different aspects of Christian-Muslim relations.

  • Main Focus Countries of Activities

    Rome, Italy - World - World - Rome, Italy - World - Rome, Italy