'Fifty Years Ago, at the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Church redefined its relationship with the other religions of the world in the document Nostra Aetate. Nostra Astate's importance is that it opened a new era of interfaith dialogue and understanding.
Much has been accomplished but there are challenges, old and new, that continue to face those who believe that a critical path to relieving the suffering of the world lies in interfaith relations. These new challenges demand that we build on the foundation of dialogue to bring in a new era of interfaith collaboration.'
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Yonathan Arfi is vice-president of the CRIF (Representative Council of Jewish Institutions of France) and chairman of CRIF’s commission for international affairs. He has been a member of the Executive Board of the CRIF for the last 8 years.
He is also a member of the Board of Alliance Israélite Universelle and Oeuvre de Secours aux Enfants, the main Jewish social welfare organization.
Francis X. Clooney, S.J. is the Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology and Director of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University. Primary areas of scholarship are theological commentarial writings in the Sanskrit and Tamil traditions of Hindu India, and the developing field of comparative theology. He has authored and edited numerous books and articles including, The New Comparative Theology: Voices from the Next Generation (2010).
Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr is University Professor of Islamic studies at George Washington University. He graduated from MIT with honors in 1954, studying physics and mathematics. Dr. Nasr received his doctorate from Harvard University in 1958 specializing in Islamic cosmology and science. He has authored more than thirty books and 300 articles. His work is focused not only various aspects of Islamic studies, but also comparative philosophy and religion, philosophy of art and the philosophical and religious dimensions of the environmental crisis.
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