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Interreligious dialogue center hosts conference on ‘image of the other’

May 23, 2013

The King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), an organization established by Austria, Saudi Arabia, and Spain and named after Saudi Arabia’s current king, hosted a conference in Vienna on May 22 entitled “The Image of the Other.”

The Holy See is a founding observer of KAICIID, and Father Miguel Ayuso Guixot, the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, attended the conference, which sought “to help replace subjective interreligious or intercultural misperceptions and stereotyping with more objective, appropriate and respectful ways of thinking about and depicting followers of other religions and cultures,” in the words of the conference program.

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, said at KAICIID’s opening last November that “Holy See is particularly attentive to the fate of Christian communities in countries where [religious] freedom is not adequately guaranteed.”


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  • Posted by: Defender - May. 23, 2013 10:39 AM ET USA

    Hosted in Vienna because Christians can't worship openly in Saudi Arabia....