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Holy See/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.5 Cross-border intercultural dialogue and co-operation

The Pontifical Council for Culture holds regular meetings of those responsible for commissions for culture, which are departments of Episcopal Conferences - institutions set up broadly along regional, national, or international lines. These meetings, held at continental levels, aim at strengthening ties and cooperation between cultural entities and at fostering intercultural dialogue.

Local organisations run by the Catholic Church seek, with local initiative, to foster inter-religious and intercultural dialogue: for instance, the Cultural Movement in Antelias (Lebanon) or the Centre for Study of World Religions in Bangladore (India) are trying to get people to discover and respect their neighbour's culture and religion through dialogue and by raising mutual curiosity.

The Holy See organises, periodically, the World Youth Day, a week of celebration, prayer and catechism gathering more than a million young Catholics around the Sovereign Pontiff. One of the consequences of this world event is inter-cultural meeting, dialogue, and mutual influence under informal circumstances. Funding is provided by the Church, in particular through the local diocese and official sponsors, for artists of all genres to be have adequate space and resources to put their gifts as the service of the various events.

For more information, see our Intercultural Dialogue section


Chapter published: 26-11-2009

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