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Building Pastoral Capacity in the Post-Pandemic Era alongside of “Human Fraternity”

Greg Soetomo, S.J.


A great number of people have expressed their admiration for the document on “Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together” (HF). One of the comments that is commonly heard is, “We will use this document as a guide to build and strengthen good and vibrant interfaith and intercultural relations.” This desire for better relations is validated by a statement in the paper itself: “It is a document that invites all persons who have faith in God and faith in human fraternity to unite and work together so that it may serve as a guide for future generations to advance a culture of mutual respect in the awareness of the great divine grace that makes all
human beings brothers and sisters” (HF, 4). This statement draws us to ask about how the desire for better relations can be explicated in careful pastoral planning and steps. This paper will respond to such a question.

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