The Second Vatican Council affirmed that “the Catholic Church rejects nothing that is true and holy” in other religions,” acknowledging that they “often reflect a ray of that Truth which enlightens all men” (Nostra Aetate, 2). In particular, the church embraces its unique relationship and profound “spiritual patrimony” with Judaism (Nostra Aetate, 4), and “regards with esteem” the followers of Islam, who “adore the one God” (Nostra Aetate, 3).

In this set of articles from our partner Catholic News Service, we look more closely at interreligious dialogue among Catholics, Jews and Muslims.

The ‘journey of friendship’ between Catholics and Jews
After centuries of painful and at times violent religious differences, Catholic-Jewish relations are now seen as that of “co-covenanting companions,” who dynamically walk with God in distinctive ways.

Muslims and Catholics: ‘We believe in the same God’
Despite widespread misperceptions and negative views, youth of both faiths are taking up the mantle of dialogue, focusing on core similarities shared by both religious groups, who serve a merciful God.