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Cardinal Scola and his View of Interreligious Dialogue

Cardinal Scola at the scientific committee of Oasis, Milan 2013 [Photo: Oasis]

Three texts on his eightieth birthday

Last update: 2021-11-06 18:20:07

Culture’s foundation is the emergence of an agent, within reality, who looks at the common human experience from a certain worldview. Cardinal Angelo Scola has often repeated this profound statement by French philosopher Jacques Maritain to express Oasis’s nature and mission. This Foundation would not exist without the insight of our founder and current president who, more than 15 years ago, realized the importance of fostering mutual understanding between Christians and Muslims, while at the same time reflecting on the cultural, social, and political dimensions implied in the encounter—unprecedented in its scale—between the Islamic world and the West.


On his 80th birthday, we pay him grateful homage by republishing three of his articles. Spoilt for choice, we have singled out these three particular texts because they express Oasis’s vision and mode of action. The first article delves into the issue of religious freedom and its founding core, i.e. the connection between truth and freedom; the second is devoted to Middle-Eastern Christians and martyrdom; the third is an interview in which Scola reviews the main working principles of Oasis and its distinct approach to inter-religious dialogue.


Ad multos annos, your Eminence, from the whole staff!


The Freedom to Convert: the “Serious Case” of Religious Freedom

Why the truth of freedom implies freedom to adhere to truth


Three Lessons From the Martyrs

There is only one word capable of capturing what is happening to the Christians in the Middle East: martyrdom


The Universal in the Particular. The Oasis approach to the encounter with Islam

Interfaith and intercultural dialogue, métissage, immigration. In an interview with writer Luca Doninelli, Cardinal Scola illustrates the themes and the approach of the Oasis Foundation, which he founded in 2004