Documents on interreligious dialogue from 1963 to 2005
ZENIT News Agency, The World Seen from Rome  

Book Culls Interreligious Documents
Covers Papal and Vatican Texts of 1963-2005

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 20, 2006 ( A new book brings together in one volume all papal and Vatican documents on interreligious dialogue from 1963 to 2005.

Monsignor Felix Machado, undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, presented the 1,766-page volume today. The presentation took place in conjunction with that of the Vatican's message to Muslims at the end of Ramadan.

Published by Libreria Editrice Vaticana in Italian, French and English, the book is entitled "Interreligious Dialogue in the Official Teaching of the Catholic Church from Vatican Council II to John Paul II (1963-2005)."

Monsignor Machado explained that the work has two objectives: "The first is to offer Catholics an easy access to the theological motivations of interreligious dialogue, explained by the magisterium."

The second objective, he said, is to "offer followers of other religions the official teaching of the Catholic Church on the different religions of the world."

The book begins with documents of Popes Paul VI, John Paul I and John Paul II.

It continues with documents published by dicasteries of the Roman Curia and legislative texts of the Church on this matter, taking passages from the Code of Canon Law.

The volume also includes an appendix with documents of the International Theological Commission on the subject, as well as geographical and analytical indexes.