The Special Council for America of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops celebrated its sixteenth meeting from 27 to 28 October. According to a note published Friday, the meeting reflected upon such themes as the new evangelisation, inter-religious dialogue and the situation of the Church and society in various parts of the continent, in the light of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation “Ecclesia in America”.

“‘Ecclesia in America’ reformulates for the continent of America the criteria used to evaluate non-Christian religions, as expressed by Vatican Council II Declaration ‘Nostra Aetate’”, the note reads. According to those criteria “the Catholic Church, while affirming the specific originality of Christianity, does not reject anything that is true and holy in non-Christian religions”.

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