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Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs


Ecumenical Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Catholic-United Methodist Dialogue Special Release

The Catholic-United Methodist dialogue has produced a document of Shared Prayers and Resources which is in the process of publication. However, given the current global health crisis, the dialogue discerned that it would be appropriate to release its Ecumenical Stations of the Cross immediately for public use. Special thanks for all in the dialogue for making it available.

Pope Francis Asks All Christians to Pray Together for End of the Pandemic

After the Angelus prayer on Sunday, March 22, 2020, the Holy Father invited all Heads of Churches and leaders of Christian communities, together with all Christians, to simultaneously say the Lord’s Prayer, the Our Father, on Wednesday, March 25. Ideally, this will take place at 12 noon Rome time, but can also take place at 12 noon local time or any convenient time that day.

Join Pope Francis and Christians everywhere!

Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop of Scranton and Chair of BCEIA, personally invited all ecumenical dialogue partners of the BCEIA to participate.

For more resources from the USCCB on the COVID-19 pandemic, please click here.

Bishops Speak Out Against Antisemitism

If you are interested in continuing to track statements against antisemitism that were previously on this page, please go to this dedicated page on the topic.

Welcome From the Chairman

Bishop Joseph C BamberaWelcome to the website of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (SEIA), office for the Bishops Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (BCEIA). The website contains important pastoral, academic, and historical resources of the work of the Secretariat and the Committee. BCEIA has an expansive mandate to foster relationships with our sisters and brothers in Christ, as well as other people of faith from the various major religious traditions. The results of BCEIA dialogues and conversations are available on the SEIA webpages. They will inform you of the important progress of our work over the past fifty years, as well as provide resources for various types of dialogue that you can use in your parish and family. | MORE

Welcome from the Executive Director

Dialogue: What we do

"Dialogue is our method, not as a shrewd strategy but out of fidelity to the One who never wearies of visiting the marketplace, even at the eleventh hour, to propose his offer of love (Mt 20:1-16). The path ahead, then, is dialogue among yourselves, dialogue in your presbyterates, dialogue with lay persons, dialogue with families, dialogue with society. I cannot ever tire of encouraging you to dialogue fearlessly."
- Pope Francis, Address to the U.S. Bishops, September 23, 2015

"I cannot ever tire of encouraging you to dialogue fearlessly." - Pope Francis

“Dialogue” first entered the Church’s vocabulary as the method of approaching the modern world Pope Saint Paul VI promoted. This illustrates the spirit of the Second Vatican Council, which produced Unitatis Redintegratio and Nostra Aetate, the foundational documents that guide the Church’s relations with other Christian bodies and religious communities. Thus, the Church committed itself irrevocably to building fruitful relationships with others: fostering bonds of friendship, mutual understanding, and constructive collaboration.

The bishops of the United States established the Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (BCEIA) as part of this endeavor. It sponsors a number of dialogues with other Christian communities and members of other religions in the United States or North America. In most cases, these dialogues parallel those that the Holy See sponsors at the universal level.

Each dialogue has its own scope, method, and aim. We invite you to use this website as a resource in exploring the complexities of the Church’s dialogues in the United States. Here, you will find pastoral, academic, and historical resources to help all grow in understanding and appreciation.

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