The charism of Fr. Dall’Oglio

Five years after his death and still shrouded in mystery, we speak again about Fr. Paolo Dall’Oglio. In a seminary in Beirut, this Jesuit missionary in Syria is being rediscovered.

A charismatic figure of Islamic-Christian inter-religious dialogue, Father Dall’Oglio disappeared after entering into the headquarters of the Islamic State in Raqqa. It was a stronghold of the Caliphate in Syria, to defend the cause and ask for the release of several hostages in the hands of the jihadist group.

However, this event is not an opportunity to speak about the mystery of his disappearance; but an attempt to penetrate the relationship between the Christian and Muslim religions.

Father Dany Younès, Provincial Father of the Jesuits, compares the spiritual adventure of Paolo Dall’Oglio with that of Abraham who is referred to in the Holy Scriptures as “the friend of God.” Father Younès said: “Faith is not doctrine. Faith is salvific, faith instructs. The Father of believers, Abraham, witnessed a friendship that far surpassed doctrines. It is a friendship that only God can give that Paolo found his vocation to the Society of Jesus; and where also all religious families find their calling. This provocative syncretism contained in his thought does not arise at the level of doctrine, but at the level of friendship.”

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