Dialogue & Unity


Unity among all Christians is a key concern for the Catholic Church. Ecumenism, unity or cooperation with other Christian churches, is about healing and forgiving so we can all work together as a united witness to our shared faith in Christ.

Interreligious Relations promotes prayerful dialogue and peaceful harmony between our brothers and sisters of all faiths.

"Often we think that ecumenical work is only that of theologians. It is therefore important that theologians study, they agree, and they express their disagreement: this is very important. But in the meantime, ecumenism journeys on. It journeys with Jesus, not 'my Jesus against your Jesus', but with our Jesus. The journey is simple: it consists of prayer, with the help of others. Praying together: the ecumenism of prayer, for each other and all for unity. And then, the ecumenism of work for the many who are in need, for many men and women who today suffer as a result of injustice, wars, these terrible things. … All together, we must help. Love for our neighbour. This is ecumenism. This is already unity. Unity in journeying with Jesus.”

Pope Francis’ address to the Christian World Communions delegation, Oct. 12, 2016


Dialogue & Unity Events


"This sacred Council calls upon all the Catholic faithful to recognise the signs of the times and to play an informed part in the work of ecumenism."

Vatican Council Decree On Ecumenism

Interreligious Relations

The Interreligious Relations team works closely with a number of religions across our diocese, supporting interfaith dialogue.  We encourage cooperative, constructive and positive interaction with people of all faiths.

We promote events organised by various interfaith organisations, particularly Newcastle and Durham Council of Faiths, Voices of Faith and Focolare an organisation which supports the unity of universal brotherhood, and members of the United Hebrew Congregation, who are based in Gosforth. We also work closely with Sunderland Interfaith Council.

Our role also includes offering and advice on Interfaith matters.

The team has worked closely with schools across our Diocese, particularly regarding our annual Holocaust Memorial Commemorations, which take place in January each year.

The team also organises the annual Christian Muslim prayers for peace, which takes place in Jesmond Dene. Christian and Muslim women and young children unite in prayer to Our Blessed Lady, as both faiths share devotion to her.

“Unity in journeying with Jesus.”

Pope Francis’ address to the Christian World Communions delegation, Oct. 12, 2016

Holocaust Memorial Event

The theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day was ‘Fragility of Freedom’.

The theme highlighted the importance of defending freedom and democracy, and provided an opportunity to reflect on those who lost their lives during the Holocaust and all genocides.

Holocaust Commemorations took place in two of our Diocesan cities, Newcastle, and Sunderland. St Mary’s School in Benton hosted our Diocesan event while Sunderland Interfaith Forum held theirs in the city’s Minster.

Both commemorations observed the thirtieth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. The Rwandan genocide was a mass murder of Tutsi and moderate Hutus in Rwanda that occurred between 7 April and 15 July 1994, during the Rwandan Civil War.

Read the full article here.

National Organisations

Calendar of Christian and non-Christian Festivals

The Inter Faith Network for the United Kingdom have produced details of Christian and non-Christian Religious Festivals that occur during the calendar year. You can view them month by month by clicking here.

Contact Us

How to contact the Vicariate for Faith & Mission:

Email: adminfaith.mission@diocesehn.org.uk

Tel: 0191 243 3316 (office*) or 07375 934713 (mobile)

*Your call may be automatically diverted to the mobile number.

Admin office hours:
Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm, excluding Bank Holidays.

To see a full list of Vicariate contacts and leads, please visit our Faith & Mission page.