Here is Archbishop Conti's letter which has been sent to every Catholic parish in Scotland to encourage priests to make their parishioners aware of the week and to encourage some kind of simple action during the week:
November 23rd to November 30th is Scottish Interfaith Week. This week gives us the opportunity to make our congregations aware of the importance of interreligious dialogue within the life of the Church. The Scottish Bishops recognize the importance of this work. They have set up a Committee for Interreligious Dialogue to make Catholics aware of the Church’s teaching and to encourage Catholics to engage in this dialogue as they feel able. Our experience in forwarding messages from the Holy See and in sending our own is that they are greatly appreciated. It would be sufficient to identify your parish or group and to express a greeting as in the model we offer, with an invitation to pray for peace.
Recent events in the world have shown us how important it is to have good relations between faiths. Violence and conflict abroad can have repercussions here at home and we hope and trust that good interfaith relations in Scotland can show that peace and harmony among faiths is possible.
Our Holy Father has given us good example in this. He has welcomed his friend Rabbi Skorka to stay with him at Santa Marta and together with their Imam friend from Argentina they visited Israel/Palestine and prayed for peace.
The purpose of this leaflet is to allow you to bring Scottish Inter Faith Week to the attention of your people. I would ask you to take the opportunity to use one or more of the bidding prayers, put a statement in your parish bulletin and consider one of the simple actions suggested for that week. More ideas for engaging with other faiths can be found in the website of Interfaith Scotland (www.interfaithscotland.org)
With warm personal good wishes,
Yours devotedly in Christ,
+ Mario Conti
Chair of the Bishops’ Committee for Inter-Religious Dialogue