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Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue

The Roman Catholic Church's Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue is tasked with promoting mutual understanding between Catholicism and other religions, the study of other religions, and the "formation of persons dedicated to dialogue." Though briefly downgraded by Pope Benedict XVI, the council has been reinstated under the leadership of His Eminence Jean-Louis Cardinal Tauran. The council was created in 1964 as the Secretariat for Non-Christians under Pope Paul VI and rededicated as the Council for Interreligious Dialogue under Pope John Paul II in 1988. The council includes a special commission for relations between Christians and Muslims.

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