AutoreMassouh Georges
TitoloLe relazioni islamo-cristiane in Medio Oriente
RivistaAd gentes
Campo TematicoInterreligiositą e Interculturalitą
Parole Chiave
Abstract The article moves on from the significant affirmation that ?the mosaic made up by the Arab world in the Middle East has no equal in other pluralistic societies. This is because the Church has an age-old presence in them, with roots that go back to the very beginning of Christianity; and in the same way, all the Islamic schools and denominations can be found?. What has been done in this ?crucible? to foster inter-religious dialogue? The Author examines all the initiatives that have developed from the time of the Second Vatican Council: the Conferences of the Lebanese Circle, the academic Institutions that have begun a systematic involvement in the Islamo-Christian dialogue; the Coptic Centre for social studies in Egypt; the Council of Churches in the Middle East; the Pastoral Letters of the Catholic Patriarchs in the Middle East. All this was taken up, in some way, by the Special Synod for Lebanon in 1995 and developed in the Apostolic Exhortation New Hope for Lebanon, in which Pope John Paul II goes beyond Lebanese territory and takes into consideration the whole Arab world. With a note of optimism he concludes that in recent decades ?the reciprocal recognition of human, spiritual and cultural values, as lived by the members of both religions, has grown. In consequence, cooperation and collaboration have become increasingly lively and concrete?.