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.


Events in 2021:

Christian and Muslim Pray for Peace – Saturday 26 June 2021

The annual Christian Muslim Prayer 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. This will be available for viewing here on Saturday 26 June. More details to follow.


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.