ASIA/INDIA - “Interreligious dialogue is all the more important at times of misunderstanding and inequality”, says Bishop of Mangalore

Monday, 21 February 2005

Mangalore (Fides Service) - While fundamentalist Hindu groups in India continue to harass Christians in various ways, Catholics in Mangalore are reflecting on the need to increase interreligious dialogue, also on the basis of the experience of a famous theologian Karl Rahner. Speaking at the opening of an international symposium on “Karl Rahner, theologian of dialogue”, in Mangalore, Karnataka state, to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the German theologian, Bishop Aloysius D’Souza of Mangalore said “interreligious dialogue is urgent in times of inequality, abuse and misunderstanding”, recalling the achievements of Rahner in dialogue among religions. Participants at the symposium, including theologians and priest who studied with Rahner and people from India and other countries, reflected on dialogue among religions, among Christians and with people of different ideas. It was agreed that Rahner’s experience and studies can help promote a correct vision of relations among religions. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 21/2/2005 righe 19 parole 193)