Interreligious dialogue needs to understand the cultural interweaving of religions in different contexts, says Ambrogio Bongiovanni, the director of the Pontifical Gregorian University’s Center for Interreligious Studies.
For example, the relationship between Christianity and Islam in Europe is different from the relationship between Christianity and Islam in South Asia, or Iran, says Professor Bongiovanni, who also teaches Missiology at the Pontifical Gregorian University.
Prof Bongiovanni lived some 25 years in South Asia, much of that in India, doing research and working for the United Nations. He has pursued his social and ecclesial commitment in the Indian and South Asian contexts.
He also chairs the MAGIS Foundation, a missionary work of the Euro-Mediterranean Province of the Society of Jesus where he oversees projects in areas ranging from human rights to education, and justice in various parts of the world. He has been a member of the Italian Bishops’ Committee for Charitable Action for 12 years.