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An african Proverb?

DialoGue with the World of Islam.

In the Name of God, The Clement, The Merciful

Presentation by Raphaël Deillon.

From their foundation, the White Fathers have been in Muslim areas
since their Religious Society was founded in Algeria.
This desire for dialogue therefore arose quite naturally from a symbiosis
between Christians and Muslims.
Islam and Christianity have long opposed one another on the political, military and religious fronts.
It is time we found ways to know one another better.
We have such a lot to share with one another

Our religious writings themselves invite us to listen to others.
"At various times in the past and in various different ways, God spoke…"
Letter to the Hebrews, 1:1"
"If God had wanted it, he would have made of you a single people, but he wanted you to seek it, in order to develop the gifts he gave you."
Sura 5: 48

Cardinal Lavigerie, Founder of the White Fathers, gave his Missionaries the mandate to maintain relations of friendship and service between Christians and Muslims and to do this with the greatest respect for each other's faith.

Still actively present in Lebanon, Jerusalem, in Algeria, Tunisia, en grandNiger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, etc., they try never to attempt between them what they can undertake with believers of other religions. There are so many areas today where we can work together as Christians and Muslims. We can advance the cause of justice and peace and diminish poverty, forestall and extinguish hotbeds of violence, help the displaced, keep watch over the natural riches of our planet.

Continuously involved in the aim of this interreligious dialogue, the White Fathers have founded several specialised Institutes that enable a better understanding of Muslim culture and faith and that open pathways to dialogue.

The PISAI (Institut Pontifical d'Etudes Arabes et Islamiques) Rome
For information, contact info@pisai.it
See : * The Missionaries of Africa and the PISAI in Rome
University-standard Institute, preparing licentiate or doctorate in 1, 2 or 3 years


l'IBLA (Institut des Belles Lettres Arabes) Tunis

In Bamako, Mali, l'IFIC (Institut of Islam-Christian Formation)

In France, they collaborate with the church of France and, in particular, the Secretariat for the Relations with the Islam .See the network (SRNM)) and also with the "Gric" ( Islam-Christian Group of Research)

You will also find the sites of magazines published from this point of view, in particular:

In Africa

Kenya : * Tangaza Kenya : Next academic year : New Program of Islamic Studies for Students of Theology
In Mali, in Bamako EN CHEMIN,

Ramadan 1432 (2011)
The Moon, the Calendar of Muslim Feasts.
Islam and its Movements
Holy Day of the Sacrifice: Aïd al Adha or Aïd el Kébir Best Wishes to all our Muslim friends

September 2013 : The Church in France and Muslims Father Michel Lelong W.F.

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