Rocco Viviano

Rocco Viviano is an Italian missionary religious priest belonging to the Society of Saint Francis Xavier for the Missions (Xaverian Missionaries). He is presently Interreligious Dialogue coordinator for the Xaverian Missionaries, and serves Catholic Archdiocese of Osaka as director of the Commission for Interreligious Dialogue and as director for Ecumenical Affairs. He was very recently appointed as a member of the Sub-Commission for Interreligious Dialogue of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan.

His academic interests include: the theology of Interreligious Dialogue, especially in the Catholic tradition and teaching, and the theology of Benedict XVI; Jewish-Christian Relations; historical and contemporary perspectives on Muslim-Christian dialogue, with a particular interest in the thought of Louis Massignon; Christian-Buddhist dialogue, with a special focus on Japanese Buddhism.