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Questions related to interfaith and ecumenical relations?

How are interfaith relations different from ecumenical relations?

Interfaith relations are our relationships with members of other world religions. The purpose of these relationships differs from our relationship with other Christians. Our goal here is not unity in Christ but rather greater understanding and cooperation along with deepened spiritual insights. Dialogue is a key component of our interactions with the interfaith community. We also seek ways to share in prayer and action. For a more indepth answer and some key theological principles, visit the FAQ page of the Paulist Fathers, authored by Fr. Tom Ryan, Director of the Paulist Office for Ecumenical & Interfaith Relations. 

What is ecumenism?

Ecumenism is the process of bringing the unity that Jesus desired (John 17:21) to the Christian church. The word ecumenical means worldwide and implies a worldwide movement toward Christian Unity. For a more in-depth answer and some key theological reflections, visit the Paulist FAQ page authored by Fr. Tom Ryan, Director of the Paulist Office of Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations.

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