Interfaith Relations

The Church urges her sons and daughters to enter with prudence and charity into discussion and collaboration with members of other religions. 

Let Christians, while witnessing to their own faith and way of life, acknowledge, preserve and encourage the spiritual and moral truths found among non-Christians, also their social life and culture (Nostra aetate, 2).

Dialogue requires both listening and active communication. It can take many forms - the ‘dialogue of life’, the dialogue of joint action, the dialogue of theological discourse and the dialogue of shared religious experience (Dialogue and Proclamation, 1991). Interreligious dialogue can help participants to grow in their own faith on condition that they remain open to the action of God which comes through the dialogue partner. Religions themselves can benefit as they are enriched and purified by their encounter with the beliefs, practices and values of other faiths. Dialogue can also be a means of building up and strengthening social harmony. It lessens the possibility that religion will become a factor which aggravates already existing political, social or other divisions and tensions. 

Pope Francis visits Synagogue in Rome 

On Sunday 17th January 2016, Pope Francis became the third pope to visit Rome's synagogue in a sign of continuing Catholic-Jewish friendship.

Australian Catholic Bishops Statement on the Fiftieth Anniversary of Nostra Aetate

2015 marked the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, Vatican II’s Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions.

50th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate

The 50th Anniversary of the historic Vatican II document on Christian and Jewish relations, Nostra Aetate, was marked by a conference at The Great Synagogue in Sydney on 28 October 2015 encapsulating the past, present and future of the Jewish Christian relationship.

Get to Know the Neighbours

A Parish – based interfaith strategy

To mark the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate in 2015, our Diocesan Interfaith Commission is offering parishes a pastoral strategy called “Get to Know the Neighbours”.

It is an invitation to make at least one meaningful contact with a community of a religious faith other than Christianity residing within or near their neighbourhood. Please download the following flyer for further information, ideas and strategies.


Interreligious Relations – Church Statements


Jewish-Christian Relations

DIALOGIKA ("items of dialogue") is an online library that chronicles the evolving conversation and relationship between the Christian and Jewish communities. Maintained through the collaboration of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations (CCJR) and the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations of Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, it provides a comprehensive cyber-archive of official statements, historic documents, educational resources, and current information.

Guidelines for Jewish-Christian Relations:

Muslim-Christian Relations

Vatican Council, papal statements and other documents on Islam (at USCCB website)

Parish Resources


Further links

 Interfaith relations and war/conflict



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Telephone: 9847 0514


Catholic Diocese of
Broken Bay

Building 2, 423 Pennant Hills Road
Pennant Hills NSW 2120

PO Box 340
Pennant Hills NSW 1715

Phone 02 9847 0000
Fax 02 9847 0001

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