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Philippine Church dedicates 2020 to dialogue for “human fraternity”

Philippine Church dedicates 2020 to dialogue for “human fraternity”

The Catholic Church in the Philippines is celebrating 2020 as the Year of Ecumenism, Interreligious Dialogue and Indigenous Peoples, in the spirit of the Abu Dhabi Document on Human Fraternity.

Logo and theme of the Philippine Church's Year of Dialogue.

The Catholic Church in the Philippines is observing 2020 as the Year of Ecumenism, Interreligious Dialogue and Indigenous Peoples.

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Wednesday unveiled the logo and the theme for the yearlong observance whose goal, it said, is to celebrate "human fraternity by promoting the culture of dialogue as a path to peace”.

The Church wants “to work for unity and harmony while respecting diversity and to recognize peoples’ identities, spiritualities and ancestral domain.”

The current Year of Youth and next year’s celebration are part of a 9-year preparation by the Philippine Catholic Church for the celebration of 500 years of Christianity in the country in 2021.

The logo features two shapes in blue and red that surround a heart-shaped space between them, which contains the theme of the year-long celebration: ‘Dialogue Towards Harmony’.

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