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 Rev. David M. Neuhaus SJ, is a Roman Catholic priest, member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and serves as Latin Patriarchal Vicar within the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. He is responsible for Hebrew speaking Catholics in Israel as well as the Catholic migrant populations.He completed his studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (BA, MA, PhD) and then completed his license in theology at Centre Sevres (Paris) and a license in Biblical exegesis at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome.

He teaches Holy Scripture at the Latin Patriarchate Seminary and at the Salesian Theological Institute in Jerusalem and also lectures at Yad Ben Zvi. He spoke to Victor Edwin SJ for the New Leader. Here are the excerpts …


 Christian Youth Development Movement in association with the International Christian Concern (ICC) celebrated a Holy Mass on 21 September 2013 at Loyola Hall in Lahore, Pakistan for Peace and Persecuted People around the World on the day declared as “International Day of Peace” by the United Nations General Assembly in 1981.

The International Peace Day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly when it, “by unanimous vote, adopted Resolution 36/67 establishing the International Day of Peace (IDP)” which stated in part, “…to devote a specific time to concentrate the efforts of the United Nations and its Member States, as well as the whole of mankind, to promoting the ideals of peace and to giving positive evidence of their commitment to peace in all viable ways.” The first International Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982 on the opening day of the General Assembly.

Pakistan And India Friendship Forum (PAIFF)

A non-violent Movement for Peace initiated by the Catholic Church in North India

Joseph Kalathil S.J.


The whole world celebrates the Birthday of the Prince of Peace on 25th December. The greatest gift Jesus gave us was His own Peace:  “Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” Jn.14:27 The one who has the peace which Jesus gave, will not be worried, not upset nor will be afraid. A disciple of Jesus essentially has to be a peace-loving person and a peaceful promoter of peace. One of such is Bishop Peter Celestine OFM Cap., the Bishop of Jammu-Srinagar diocese, a peace-loving man, not afraid to spread ‘peace’. He was awarded Gandhi Peace Medal by the government of Jammu & Kashmir for promoting peace and harmony in the State of Jammu & Kashmir.

Interview of Leo D. Lefebure, S.J., Professor of Theology at Georgetown University.

1.  Q:    This is your third trip to Delhi. You have travelled to a number of places, visited different religious institutions, and met people of different religious convictions. This is the first time you have addressed the students of Jamia Millia Islamia. What are your memorable experience with the student community and the faculty?

This was my fourth trip to India and my third trip to Delhi.  I was most impressed by the interest of the students of Jamia Millia Islamia in interreligious concerns.  For each of my talks, the room was packed, extra chairs were brought in, and there were still students standing.  Each time the students listened very attentively.  

 Recently a number of organisations including Francis Xavier Movement (Italy), Henry Martyn Institute (Hyderabad), Interfaith Coalition for Peace (New Delhi), Zakir Hussain Institute of Islamic Studies – Jamia Millia Islamia (New Delhi), Indialogue Foundation (New Delhi) and Islamic Studies Association (Delhi) jointly organised a Seminar Building Communities of Peace: Muslim-Christian Relations in Asia on 11-12 February 2014. The sessions were held at three different places: the first session at St Xavier’s School (Raj Niwas Marg), the second at India Islamic Cultural Center (Lodi Road) and the third session in the prestigious Mir Anis Hall of the Jamia Millia Islamia.  

An effort to go out of oneself is required in order to be present to the other. This ‘going out’ could be to help others who are in need or simply to be with others to show solidarity or to experience togetherness. One of the classical examples of ‘going out’ is rendered in the Gospel of Luke (1: 39-56): Mary visiting her cousin Elizabeth. Both mothers, Mary and Elizabeth meet with one another, and so do their two sons! There is joy in that meeting. The Gospel tells that John the Baptist leapt for joy in his mother’s womb. Hence, I like this expression: “going out”! It is my experience that I return enriched every time I reached out to my Muslim friends. ‘Going out’ to the other teaches me to be humble and shows me the need of the other for a more deeply human life. In ‘going out’ to Muslims, I believe that I share the richness of my faith and listen to their faith convictions and allow them to enrich my Christian life.

This is an important question one has to deal with in his/her mission of Christian Muslim relations. In the pluralistic world one cannot completely avoid any level of participation in the worship of the other.  The immediate danger many Catholic theologians apprehend in such participation is the danger of syncretism. The question becomes theologically much nuanced when it has to deal with Christians and Muslims praying together. In this brief article we shall suggest that it is not only possible that Christians and Muslims could pray to one God together, but 'praying together' is essential and should be encouraged.

Islamic scholars from all over the world join hands and ratify the Darul Uloom’s fatwa against terrorism. But will it provide tangible results? By Deevakar Anand

Uniting against terrorism More than 200 Islamic scholars from South Asia and Europe attended the two-day conference in Deoband

Deoband, a small town in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur district, is located just 30 km from Muzaffarnagar, which witnessed the country’s deadliest communal riots in a decade, in September, leading to the deaths of 59 people and leaving more than 50,000 homeless. That is why it was extremely hard to miss the extra caution the most prominent ulemas — scholars of Islamic law — from India, Pakistan, other South Asian countries and the United Kingdom, took not to touch the “sensitive issue” of the Muzaffarnagar riots while attending a two-day conference on world peace in Deoband on 13-14 December.