Committee for Interreligious Dialogue
The Scottish Bishops' Committee for Interreligious Dialogue exists to make Catholics and others aware of the importance of interreligious dialogue within the life of the Church. Enjoy browsing this site to discover more about the work of the Committee and how you might get involved.
Interfaith News & Events from the Scottish Bishops' Committee
12 – 19 November 2023
SIFW brings people together whilst promoting dialogue, understanding and co-operation between Scotland’s diverse religious communities and cultures. We encourage everyone to participate and the SIFW team are always happy to help you with your ideas and through promoting your event.
November 2023: As Catholics committed to Inter Faith dialogue, we want to express our sorrow at the violence, injury, death, bereavement and fear which is currently being experienced throughout Palestine and Israel. We believe that we are all children of God and, touched by so much pain, we pray at this difficult time for our suffering Jewish, Muslim and Christian brothers and sisters.
We also express our affection for, and solidarity with, our Muslim and Jewish friends with whom we have built bonds in every part of Scotland. You are very much in our thoughts and prayers. Despite the darkness we remain people of hope and pray that the rays of God’s love will bring peace and healing.
Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice
Many congratulations to Sr Isabel Smyth, our former Committee Secretary, on receiving the well deserved honour of the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal. It has been awarded as recognition of her Inter-Faith work over many years, and was presented to her by the Papal Nuncio Archbishop Miguel Maury Buendía, along with Bishop Brian McGee, President of the Bishops' Committee.
The Path to Peace
“The path of interreligious dialogue is a shared path to peace and for peace; as such, it is necessary and irrevocable.
Interreligious dialogue is no longer merely something expedient, it is an urgently needed and incomparable service to humanity, to the praise and glory of the Creator of all.”