Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Interreligious Relations Team

Head of Interreligious Relations: Rev. Arockia Mariadass Pagyasamy OCD,
English Martyrs,
176 Stamfordham Road,
Newcastle upon Tyne NE5 3JR.

Tel: 0191 273 3903

Mobile: 07740 030900


Courses, Events and News:


There are currently no courses planned. They will be displayed here as announced.


Interreligious Dialogue end of Summer School, ‘We are the same, we are different’ on Monday 20, Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 September.

Learn about the challenges of living in multicultural and multi–faith Britain. Three sessions 6.30pm to 8.00pm, organised by the Inter Religious Dialogue Commission of the RC Archdiocese of Birmingham, the CofE Birmingham and others.

To register to take part email:

Poster attached.

Mariapolis on Saturday 2 to Sunday 3 October.

Mariapolis is an annual gathering organised by the Focolare Movement, whose inspiration comes from Jesus’ prayer ‘That all may be one’ (John 17: 21).

The Mariapolis will be an opportunity to hear about and engage with the many activities that have flourished over this last year, in the field of interfaith dialogue, ecumenism, environmental action and more. Children and young people are very welcome.

At this stage it looks as though the Mariapolis will include an interest group item about inter-religious dialogue, but no workshops.

Follow the instructions on the poster to register your place.

The Council for Christians and Jews (Leeds Branch) Annual Public Lecture 2021

Diversity in the House of Lords by Baroness Ruth Deech on Thursday 7 October 2021 at 8.00pm online. Click here to register. See poster for details, all welcome.

The Inter Religious Dialogue Commission of the RC Archdiocese of Birmingham has two evening Zoom events on Thursday 7 and Thursday 14 October, with speakers from different faiths talking about the Environment.

This is particularly relevant with COP26 climate conference starting on 1st November in Glasgow. The sessions are 7.30pm – 8.45pm. To register & receive link please email:

The Council for Christians and Jews

On Monday 11 October 2021, Giles Fraser will be giving a talk about his book, ‘Chosen: Lost and Found Between Christianity and Judaism’. This talk will be via zoom and if you would like to book your place please email See poster for further information.

Join the Rossing Center's next webinar on ‘Interreligious Dialogue and Racism’ on Wednesday 20 October 2021 from 5.00pm (GMT). If you would like to take part, you can register your interest here.


Yad Vashem Jerusalem Magazine

Volume 95 (Summer 2021) of Yad Vashem Jerusalem Magazine is now available online.


View the entire volume here

Newcastle Council of Faiths: World Cafe

We are delighted to announce that the World Cafe will be open on Monday 19 July and Thursday 22 July from 10.00am – 3.30pm.

The World Cafe will be a safe place for people to meet and a cup of tea and cake, especially welcome will be refugees, asylum seekers and destitutes families. It will open two days a week to begin with and depending on the demand, the opening days may be extended. If you you would like to volunteer pop along and speak to Graham Wilkins who will be able to give you more information.

The World Cafe is located in the DiverCity Hub, Buckingham Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 5QR.

The annual Christians and Muslims Pray for Peace for women and children, which takes place annually in the historic Lady Chapel in Jesmond Dene, will for 2021 be an online event only. The video can be viewed here.

Read an introduction to the Pray for Peace event here.

Pontificial Council's message for Guru Nanak Prakash Diwas 2020

The Pontificial Council have published this message for the celebration of this most sacred festival.

Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks RIP

The Interreligious Relations Team have issued a short statement paying tribute to the late Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, which can be read here. This follows a statement by Cardinal Nichols who pays tribute to former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. Click here to read his statement in full.

Serving a Wounded World in Interreligious Solidarity

A Christian Call to Reflection and Action During COVID-19 and Beyond

A co-publication by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and World Council of Churches. Read here.

Spiritual Riches: Bidding prayers for religions on their major festivals (3: Diwali, Guru Nanak Gurpurab)

A resource produced by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. Read here.

A Message for the Feast of Deepavali 2020

Published by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue

Christians and Hindus: Rekindling Positivity and Hope during the Covid-19 Pandemic and Beyond. Read here.

Voices of Faith - A Reflection on 2020 by some Young People:

The Voices of Faith group asked seven young people from Muslim and Christian communities a few questions about what they were thinking near the end of 2020. The video contains their thoughts on this year, the Black Lives Matter and Climate Change movements, followed by their thoughts for the future. The complete video is 30 minutes long. We have also produced two shorter versions. The first focussing on their thoughts on this and future years, the second relates to the issues of Black Lives Matter and Climate Change. We are very grateful to Adam, Hassan, Khadija, Emily, Edward, Cleo and Sophie for sharing their views.

The full video can be found here:

This shorter video focusses on concerns from this year and hopes for the future:

This short video focusses on BLM and Climate change views:

Voices of Faith – Reflections on the Lockdown:

Last month the planning group met to look at ways we could keep in contact during the lockdown. Expressions of interest in faith and religion have risen during the pandemic with more people engaging with matters of faith online. With this in mind the steering group of Voices of Faith invited 3 different faith leaders to respond to some questions around their own community’s experience of lockdown. The 3 faith leaders made videos of themselves answering some of the questions that have arisen due to the lockdown from their own community’s perspective. The videos where then edited into a final video which has been uploaded onto You Tube.

Any comments arising from this video can be made to either Richard Bryant at or Lesley Hillary at

Special Online Lecture: Rare Documents from the Yad Vashem Archives

The lecture is produced by Yad Vashem, The World Holocaust Remembrance Center and is by Bettina Malka–Igelbusch, Director of the Reference and Information Services Department, Yad Vashem Archives Division. It offers an in–depth look at two unique documents housed in the Yad Vashem Archives, the largest collection of Holocaust-era documentation in the world. The lecture offers viewers a behind–the–scenes look at Holocaust–era documents that tell stories of resilience and the strength of the human and Jewish spirit as well as chilling documents that contrast the everyday life of the perpetrators with the evil and brutal reality that was taking place just beyond their doors.

You can view the lecture now through YouTube.

Online Exhibition: The Auschwitz Album

View an online exhibition featuring the Auschwitz Album – the only surviving visual evidence of the process leading to the mass murder at Auschwitz–Birkenau. The album is a unique document and was donated to Yad Vashem by Lilly Jacob–Zelmanovic Meier. The photos were taken at the end of May or beginning of June 1944, either by Ernst Hofmann or by Bernhard Walter, two SS men whose task was to take ID photos and fingerprints of the inmates (not of the Jews who were sent directly to the gas chambers). The photos show the arrival of Hungarian Jews from Carpatho–Ruthenia. Many of them came from the Berehovo Ghetto, which itself was a collecting point for Jews from several other small towns. The photos in the album show the entire process, except for the killing itself. To view the Auschwitz Album click here.

Interfaith Newsletter March 2020

There are some interesting items in the March issue of the Westminster Interfaith Newsletter. Available to read or download now.


Holocaust Memorial Evening 2021 ‘Be the light in the Darkness’

The film of remembrance can be viewed on our Holocaust Memorial page.

Sadly, due to the coronavirus pandemic, we were unable to hold our annual Christian and Muslim prayers for peace, in the beautiful historic Lady Chapel situated in Jesmond Dene. This event would have taken place on Saturday 27 June. The department would however, like to extend an invitation to all to join in saying the prayers that would have been included in our service. Read more about it here.

Interfaith Evening with Bishop Robert Byrne CO

View images from the evening held on Tuesday 3 December at St. Mary's Catholic Academy, Benton Park Road, Newcastle.