Catholics Invite Hindu-Jewish-Protestant-Muslim Leaders For A Serious Dialogue

Major Religions Dialogue

Major Religions Dialogue

Catholics Invite Hindu-Jewish-Protestant-Muslim Leaders For A Serious Dialogue
Newswire Services
August 07, 2008

Catholics have invited acclaimed Hindu leader Rajan Zed and leaders of other religions/denomination for a serious dialogue during the Annual Diocesan Conference of Reno (Nevada, USA) Catholic Diocese in January next.

According to Father Charles T. Durante, Pastor of Saint Teresa of Avila Catholic Church of Carson City, it will include dialogue among leaders of Muslim, Protestant, Hindu, and Jewish faiths besides Catholic. The Conference will be held on January tenth.

Besides Zed, other invited religious figures include Rabbi Myra Soifer, Reverend V. James Jeffrey, Imam Abdul Rahim Barghouthi, besides Father Durante who will facilitate the dialogue.

“We live in a diverse world, filled with religious practices different from our own. In order to truly live in peace and harmony, we must strive to understand others”, Father Durante stresses. The Conference will compare, contrast, and comment on similarities and differences between Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and Hinduism as viewed through their respective sacred texts.

Catholic Diocese of Reno, established in 1931, covers 70,852 square miles spread in eleven Nevada counties in addition to Carson City. Before 1840, this area was under the Diocese of Sonora in Mexico, when it came under the jurisdiction of Bishop Moreno of California. Current Bishop is Most Reverend Randolph R. Calvo.

Rajan Zed has congratulated the Catholic Diocese efforts in reaching out to other religions for a dialogue. “Religion is a complex component of human life. Dialogue helps us to see interconnections and interdependencies between religions and even similarities in doctrines,” Zed adds.


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