Catholic World News : Vatican to reverse 2006 change in Roman Curia: "Vatican to reverse 2006 change in Roman Curia
Vatican, May. 28, 2007 (CWNews.com) - The Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue will soon receive upgraded status, in a reversal of a move that Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) announced last March, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone (bio - news) has announced.
Speaking to the Italian daily La Stampa, Cardinal Bertone said that the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue would be 'a dicastery in its own right, whereas previously it had been merged with the Pontifical Council for Culture.' The Vatican Secretary of State said that the change 'demonstrates the importance of inter-religious dialogue for the Secretariat of State.'
In March 2006, Pope Benedict had announced that the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue would be combined with the Pontifical Council for Culture, under the oversight of a single prelate: Cardinal Paul Poupard. Although it left the two agencies intact, the administrative change was generally seen as a merger of the two offices, downgrading their importance.
However, the Holy See has placed new emphasis on the need for inter-religious dialogue-- and especially for dialogue with Islam-- since the heated dispute that arose after the Pope's speech in Regensburg last September, Cardinal Bertone said.
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