Climate Change: Pope Affirms Need to Care for Our Common Home

“The problems of the destruction of the natural environment are increasingly grave and the consequences on the lives of people are dramatic,” Pope Francis said in a video released November 30, 2017.

The video message was sent to participants in the International Symposium “Laudato si’. Care for the common home, a necessary conversion to human ecology”, organized by the Catholic University of Costa Rica with the Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation. The conference runs November 29-December 1, 2017, in San José, Costa Rica.

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Religious Short Film Prize


The Religious Short Film Prize is an opportunity for film-makers to explore the religious quest through a powerful contemporary medium. The Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture has initiated this venture as part of its commitment to promoting the lively interaction between the arts, religion, faith and culture. The Centre believes that there is wisdom to be found in such an interaction which can contribute to a vision of hope and the common good for Australia. A prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the winning entry.

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Myanmar: Pope meets with Religions for Peace

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met with 17 leaders of Myanmar’s religious communities Tuesday morning, exhorting them that peace consists in unity in diversity, not in uniformity. The Pope met leaders of Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, Catholic and other Christian communities at the Archbishop’s House in Yangon, at the start of his first full day of his Nov. 27-30 apostolic visit to Myanmar.

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Myanmar: Pope meets with Sangha Council


On November 29, 2017, the third day of his visit to Myanmar, Pope Francis met with the monks of the Sangha Maha Nayaka State Committee, before whom he appealed for the healing of the country’s wounds, without being resigned in face of the challenges or isolated, but ensuring “that each voice be heard.”

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Pope Renews Call for Care of Planet


The United Nations is conducting a Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, under the presidency of Fiji. Pope Francis has renewed his call to action in a message he sent Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of the Fiji Islands, President of the 23rd Session of the Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP-23), taking place in Bonn from November 6-17, 2017. The message was read during the November 16 session.

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Indonesian bishops favour interfaith dialogue against radicalism



The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Indonesia is holding its Plenary Assembly in Jakarta from 6 to 16 November focusing on the theme “To become a relevant and significant Church: the Church’s call to purify the world”. Some 37 Bishops of Indonesia on Tuesday and Wednesday discussed on how to promote deeper relations with other religious groups and their leaders.

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Jewish Education Group and Vatican’s educational organization Scholas Occurrentes to teach importance of mutual respect and dialogue

Jewish Educational Group World ORT and the Pope’s Scholas Occurrentes organisation have joined forces to inculcate the importance of dialogue and mutual respect in teenagers from around the world.

The two organisations have signed an agreement at the Vatican to stage an international conference in Buenos Aires bringing together hundreds of teenagers from different religious, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.

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Myanmar: Thousands Gather for Interfaith Rallies

YANGON — Religious leaders of Myanmar called for unity and peace as they gathered at the country’s first mass interfaith rally at Aung San Stadium in Yangon on Tuesday. It was the first major push for improved relations between followers of different faiths since an eruption of deadly violence in August inflamed communal tensions, especially between Buddhists and Muslims, and triggered an exodus of some 520,000 Muslims to Bangladesh.

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Myanmar: Interfaith rally invokes co-existence, chides international community’s criticism

Speaking at a mass interfaith gathering on Tuesday, the head of the Rangoon archdiocese denounced the international community’s criticism of Burma over the ongoing Arakan crisis and asked for international support as the country works to resolve the issues blighting its westernmost state.

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