Episcopal Commission for Interreligious Dialogue

Conflicts: Philippines

Contact this organisation

Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary, EDSA cor. Bernardino St.,, Guadalupe 1200 Makati City
+63 (02) 897 26 27 / 899 69 54

Thematic areas

Conflict prevention and early warning
Mediation & Dialogue
Transitional justice and reconciliation

The Episcopal Commission for Interreligious Dialogue is a commission promoting interreligious dialogue among Catholics and people of other faiths in the Philippines. It was created by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) in 1990.

It has been headed by Bishop Fernando Capalla of the Diocese of Iligan who later became the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Davao since its creation.

The interreligious meeting serves as a response to the call of the Second Vatican Council for the Church to work with 'moderate elements' for peace, justice and harmony.

The Episcopal Commission for Interreligous Dialogue goes out of its way to recognise and thank Muslims who help Christians and spread interfaith harmony. For example, it thanked a practising Muslim woman for organising a mass Christian wedding of the parents of her pupils so that her students can get their birth certificates.

To promote interfaith harmony, Muslim leaders were among people of non-Catholic religious backgrounds who met with Pope Francis when he visited the Philippines in early 2015.

Last updated: February 2016