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Bishop Manning addresses Federation of Islamic Councils’ 50th Anniversary Dinner


Catholic Outlook July 2014: Bishop Emeritus Kevin Manning Story
Bishop Kevin Manning receives an award from Philip Ruddock (left) and Laurie Ferguson in appreciation for his long-term commitment to interfaith dialogue. Photo: A Bourizk.

Catholic Outlook July 2014

Bishop Emeritus Kevin Manning was invited to give the keynote address at the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils’ 50th Anniversary Dinner in the Great Hall of Parliament House in Canberra on 27 May 2014.

Bishop Kevin addressed the five pillars common to Islam and Christianity: the declaration of the faith, the establishment of prayer, payment of charity, fasting and pilgrimage.

Quoting Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, Bishop Kevin referred to the call by the Holy Father, “I ask and I humbly entreat those countries to grant Christians freedom to worship and to practise their faith, in the light of the freedom which followers of Islam enjoy in Western countries.”

Bishop Kevin referred to the challenges facing Islam and Christianity, “with the good relationships we have here in Australia we Christians and Muslims can challenge each other to live our respective faiths more fully. As we relate, we can realise the need to grow stronger in our faiths and convictions”.

“Your commitment to prayers and intensity of devotion and concentration challenges us Christians to question ourselves concerning our own prayer life,” he said.

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