NP-UN Westren Bureau.
Pope Frances has appointed Metropolitan Lawrence Huculak, OSBM, Archbishop of Winnipeg to the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID), Vatican Radio reported July 8.
Among 22 new appointees, Metropolitan Lawrence joins a unique global team of only 35 cardinals, Archbishops and bishops that form this council that was first established by Pope St. Paul VI at the close of the Second Vatican Council in 1964.
“It is not a great surprise that Metropolitan Lawrence was invited to the group as he has distinguished himself over the years as an active and valuable member of various ecumenical and interfaith dialogues and efforts – among the most notable are his participation in Orthodox-Catholic and Muslim-Catholic commissions and events,” states the website of the Archeparchy of Winnipeg. “He served as the President of the Western Diocesan and Eparchial Coordinators of Ecumenism.”
The Pontifical Council is the central office of the Church for the promotion of interreligious dialogue in accordance with the spirit of the Second Vatican Council, in particular the declaration Nostra aetate.
It is responsible for promoting mutual understanding, respect, and collaboration between Catholics and followers of other religious traditions; encouraging the study of religions; and promoting the formation of persons dedicated to dialogue.
The ecumenical dimension of interreligious dialogue is an important aspect of the Council’s approach. The PCID has an ongoing relationship with the World Council of Churches and collaborates on initiatives in study and promotion of interreligious dialogue.