The World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID) have released a joint document, “Serving a Wounded World in Interreligious Solidarity: A Christian Call to Reflection and Action During COVID-19.” Its purpose is to encourage churches and Christian organizations to reflect on the importance of interreligious solidarity in a world wounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The “wounded world” and “solidarity,” beyond words or concepts, are categories that have been gaining more strength in the present six-year period. They have allowed us to articulate our reflection as Redemptorists in the face of the challenges of evangelization in the present time.
“Serving a Wounded World” is a valuable resource that offers the Christian basis for inter-religious solidarity in efforts to heal the wounds of our wounded world: those associated with the COVID-19 as well as those associated with the degradation of our Common House. The document reminds us that, given our mutual vulnerability and interdependence, “no one can save himself” because we all share a common origin and a common destiny.
The document recognizes that the context of the current pandemic is an opportunity to discover new forms of solidarity as we rebuild together a post-COVID-19 world. It also offers some key principles and recommendations to enable us to translate our reflection on solidarity into concrete and credible action. It is a document whose design also opens the possibility for dialogue and partnership with practitioners of other religions and people of good will in general. May we have a good and fruitful reading!
Secretariat for Evangelization