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Vatican's Secretary of Interreligious Dialogue Visits Rissho Kosei-kai Headquarters

May 2016

Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and Dr. Mohammad Al-Sammak, a co-president of Religions for Peace International, visited Rissho Kosei-kai headquarters in Tokyo on May 15.Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and Dr. Mohammad Al-Sammak, a co-president of Religions for Peace International, visited Rissho Kosei-kai headquarters in Tokyo on May 15. They were in Japan to attend the High-Level International Consultation held May 12-13 by Religions for Peace International and the United Nations Alliance for Civilization in a Tokyo hotel.

In Rissho Kosei-kai's Great Sacred Hall, Bishop Ayuso Guixot gave an address at a monthly ceremony marking a day of uposatha, in which members reflect on themselves. He referred to Nostra Aetate (In Our Time), a declaration promulgated by Pope Paul VI on October 28, 1965, after the Second Vatican Council. Bishop Ayuso Guixot said the declaration, which calls on Christians to respect other faiths and cooperate with their adherents, still resonates among Catholics. He said also that people of different faiths praying together helps them realize that all people are brothers and sisters. He referred to the encounter between Pope Paul VI and Founder Nikkyo Niwano during Vatican II in September 1965 and said both the Roman Catholic Church and Rissho Kosei-kai have promoted interreligious dialogue for the good of humanity.

Along with President-designate Kosho Niwano, Bishop Ayuso Guixot and Dr. Al-Sammak are directors of the Vienna-based King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID).

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