(Vatican Radio) The U.S. State Department’s Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs says religious literacy is at the heart of educated citizenship and that interfaith interaction in the classroom and on the soccer field can build healthy, pluralist societies. Shaun Casey spoke to Vatican Radio’s Tracey McClure on a visit to Rome this week.
She asked him to sum up the state of interfaith dialogue, and particularly dialogue with Islam, 15 years on from the September 11 attacks in 2001.
Listen to Part I of the interview:
“We’re in a much better place than we were in 2001… but there’s a long way to go,” says Casey, who observes there are 1.6 billion Muslims around the world and approximately 2.2 billion Christians.
Casey recalls Pope Francis’ first address to the diplomatic corps in 2014 in which he stressed the “deep need for dialogue in the Christian world and the Muslim world” and the Catholic Church’s “very fruitful” interfaith engagement “and interesting dialogues across the Muslim world.”