Anglican Bishops at Interfaith Summit in Rome

Washington Cathedral participates in Rome interfaith summit

Posted on: December 24, 2014 8:09 PM

Part of the Anglican/Episcopal delegation for the Summit of Christian and Muslim Religious Leaders in Rome
Photo Credit: Washington Cathedral

From Washington National Cathdral

Following Pope Francis’ recent visit to Turkey during which he offered prayers in the 17th century Sultan Ahmet Mosque, Washington National Cathedral participated in a Summit of Christian and Muslim Religious Leaders in Rome, Italy.

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The Anglican/Episcopal delegation at the Private Audience with the Pope.

The effort was first launched in 2010 by the National Cathedral, the Rt Revd John Bryson Chane, the 8th Bishop of Washington  and Senior Advisor for Interfaith Relations, Washington National Cathedral, and the Revd Canon John L. Peterson, Director of the Cathedral’s Center for Global Justice and Reconciliation.

“An interesting and shared strength of Christianity and Islam is their engagement with politics and religion … [Thus] Christianity and Islam have at this moment in time a great opportunity to work together effectively with governments and civil societies currently in turmoil, ” stated Bishop Chane in a “Call to Action” released following the Summit.

Drawing clergy and religious scholars from five continents, the Summit was titled “Christians and Muslims: Believers in Society” and was attended by Shi’ite, Sunni,  Anglican/Episcopal and Roman Catholic leaders.

This year’s three-day conference emphasized the strengths and challenges facing Christianity and Islam. One of the Summit’s principal areas of discussion engaged the ways the two religions can work together to create an overarching culture of peace and harmony.  Attendants were also invited to a Private Audience with the Pope.

The released “Call to Action” called for peace in areas of violent conflict, recognized the progress that has been made and must be continued to be made for the protection of women, and condemned the use of religion to legitimize any unjust action. Additionally, the “Call to Action” emphasized the great need to develop a sense of well-being and fraternity among Christians and Muslims.

A full list of Summit delegation members is included below.

More information can be found on the National Cathedral website.


His Eminence Jean-Louis Cardinal



President, Pontifical Council for

Interreligious Dialogue, Vatican


His Eminence John Cardinal Onaiyekan Archbishop of Abuja, Nigeria
His Eminence Theodore Cardinal


Archbishop Emeritus, Archdiocese of Washington, DC, USA
H.E. Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo Archbishop of Jakarta, Indonesia
H.E. Jean-Paul Vesco Bishop of Oran, Algeria
Mons. Khaled Akasheh Head Officer for Islam, Pontifical

Council for Interreligious

Dialogue, Vatican City

Rev. Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, OP Master General Emeritus, Order of


Prof. Joseph Maila Professor of International Relations and International Mediation and

Negotiation at Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et

Commerciales (ESSEC), Paris,

Dr. Roula Talhouk Senior lecturer at the Faculty of

Religious Sciences,  Director of the

Cedric Documentation and

research Center for Islamic- Christian Studies,  Coordinator of the Master in Islamic-Christian Relations, Saint-Joseph University- Beirut

The Right Reverend John Bryson Chane, Principal Eighth Bishop of the Diocese of

Washington & Senior Advisor on

Interreligious Dialogue to Washington National Cathedral, USA

The Most Reverend Suheil Dawani The Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem, Episcopal Diocese in Jerusalem
The Most Reverend Bolly Lapok Archbishop of Southeast Asia and

Bishop of Kuching, Malaysia

The Right Reverend Josiah Fearon The Anglican Bishop of Kaduna,



Bishop John Chane, TEC, Washington, was a prime mover in the Anglican delegation to an inter-faith conference  that met with Roman Catholic and Muslim Leaders in Rome recently. Together with Anglican Bishops from Jerusalem, Malaysia and Nigeria, Bishop Chane engaged in dialogue with Roman Catholic and Muslim counterparts for ongoing discussion on faith matters where both Christian and Muslim concerns for inter-faith cooperation and a united stand against violence were brought into the limelight.

All the delegates were received in private audience by Pope Francis, following on his Papal Visit to Turkey and the Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul, where he had offered prayers for peace with Muslim Leaders. The importance of these inter-faith meetings  should not be under-estimated – especially in the aftermath of sectarian violence in the Middle-East and other areas of religious conflict.

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

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Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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