Publications

The following publications are published by the Columban Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations (CCCMR)Nostra Aetate, Dialogue and Mission and Dialogue and Proclamation are the key teaching documents of the Catholic Church on Interreligious Dialogue and show the development in the Church’s teaching as it has grown in the practice and theory of interreligious dialogue over the last half century.

It is a great honour for the CCCMR that these publications are exclusively and only available in print through the Columban Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations (CCCMR). These key publications are available in an inexpensive, attractive and handy-sized format for prayer, study and action.

Nostra Aetate

Nostra Aetate is the Vatican II document on the Church’s relation to non-Christian religions. It lays the foundations of respect and esteem that should guide Catholics in their approach to believers from other religions. Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI both referred to it as the Magna Carta of dialogue for the Catholic Church. Nostra Aetate, along with the other Vatican II documents, revolutionised the Church’s attitude towards other religions. As a result, Vatican II is rightly regarded as a “watershed” in relation to believers from other faiths.      

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Dialogue and Mission

The Attitude of the Church Towards the Followers of Other Religions: Reflection and Orientations on Dialogue and Mission addresses the questions about dialogue that arose in practice and in theory in the 20 years after the establishment of the Secretariat for Non-Christians, now known as the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. It names the various tasks that make up the contemporary Church’s mission; explains the foundations and forms of dialogue; and treats of the mutual relations between dialogue and mission.

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Dialogue and Proclamation

Dialogue and Proclamation: Reflection and Orientations on Interreligious Dialogue and the Proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ presents a developed Catholic teaching on interreligious dialogue. It is the fruit of five years of collaboration between the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. It is the most sustained and profound reflection on interreligious dialogue in Catholic teaching. It presents the difficulties as well as the opportunities that dialogue and proclamation together offer in service of the Church and the growth of the Kingdom of God.

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(Set of Three) Nostra Aetate, Dialogue and Mission and Dialogue and Proclamation

This set of three booklets are the Catholic Church’s key documents on interreligious dialogue and show the development in the Church’s teaching.

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Ten Things Everyone Needs to Know About Islam

These are the answers to the top ten most urgent questions about Islam that are on everyone’s mind. The author, Professor John L. Esposito from Georgetown University, is one of the leading experts in Islam in the English-speaking world. His answers are clear, direct, balanced and informative. This 29-page booklet is ideal for those who need an authoritative and accessible account of the basics.

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The Catholic Church

This 20-page booklet presents the life, beliefs, practices and spirituality of Catholic Christians in a concise summary form. It is written especially to introduce the Catholic Church to believers from other religions, but it can also be used for Christians from other churches, as well as for anyone who wants to learn more about what the Catholic Church believes and teaches. It also gives reference to official Catholic sources where enquirers can find more detailed information on the Catholic Church.

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