Presentation by Raphaël Deillon.
their foundation, the White Fathers have been in Muslim
since their Religious Society was founded in Algeria.
This desire for dialogue therefore arose quite naturally
from a symbiosis
between Christians and Muslims.
Islam and Christianity have long opposed one another
on the political, military and religious fronts.
It is time we found ways to know one another better.
We have such a lot to share with one another
religious writings themselves invite us to listen to
"At various times in the past and in various
different ways, God spoke
Letter to the Hebrews, 1:1"
"If God had wanted it, he would have made of
you a single people, but he wanted you to seek it, in
order to develop the gifts he gave you."
Sura 5: 48
Lavigerie, Founder of the White Fathers, gave his Missionaries
the mandate to maintain relations of friendship and
service between Christians and Muslims and to do this
with the greatest respect for each other's faith.
actively present in Lebanon,
Jerusalem, in Algeria, Tunisia, Niger,
Mali, Burkina Faso, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, etc., they
try never to attempt between them what they can undertake
with believers of other religions. There are so many
areas today where we can work together as Christians
and Muslims. We can advance the cause of justice and
peace and diminish poverty, forestall and extinguish
hotbeds of violence, help the displaced, keep watch
over the natural riches of our planet.
involved in the aim of this interreligious dialogue,
the White Fathers have founded several specialised
Institutes that enable a better understanding of
Muslim culture and faith and that open pathways to dialogue.
(Institut Pontifical d'Etudes Arabes et Islamiques)
For information, contact
See : *
Missionaries of Africa and the PISAI
University-standard Institute, preparing licentiate
or doctorate in 1, 2 or 3 years
l'IBLA (Institut des Belles Lettres Arabes)
In Bamako, Mali, l'IFIC
(Institut of Islam-Christian Formation)
In Nairobi, Kenya, Pastoral
Year, for a Formation to the Islam-Christian Dialogue.
For information,see the website : www.tangaza.org
In France, they collaborate
with the church of France and, in particular, the Secretariat
for the Relations with the Islam .( See the network
and also with the "Gric"
( Islam-Christian Group of Research)
You will also find the sites of magazines published
from this point of view, in particular:
: (PISAI Annual Review)
COMPRENDRE by Jean-Marie Gaudeul (Monthly,
note new address: "Pères Blancs, 5 rue Roger
Verlomme 75003 Paris. tel: (33) (0)1 42 71 84 54 / (0)1
42 71 71 51; Fax: (0) 1 48 04 39 67
In Mali, in Bamako EN
In Uganda: TOGETHER, you
can write to Fr.