Will Duterte’s sharia gift bring lasting peace to southern Philippines?

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In an attempt to end militant violence that has claimed more than 120,000 lives over five decades, Duterte signs over parts of the country to sharia law and allows them to keep most of their collected taxes

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Iranian artist fosters interfaith ties with Filipinos through Mary

Interfaith dialogue through art is something that Muslim Iranian calligrapher Tandis Taghavi, 45, has always believed in.

Using the Persian writing style called “nastaliq,” characterized by the downward slope of letters from right to left, Taghavi wrote verses from the Quran’s 19th chapter, “Maryam” or “Mary,” and dedicated the artwork to Filipino Christians to highlight the commonalities between Islam and Christianity.

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PNG: Church-State Forum

Church leaders in Port Moresby attended a meeting in June of 2018 – Papua New Guinea church state partnership development forum at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The two-day forum has brought together church leaders to find meaningful ways and proactive approaches to work together to improve and protect the lives of the people affected.

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New Zealand: Interfaith dialogue revolutionising religion

Interfaith dialogue is becoming increasingly essential in today’s multifaith world and is actually revolutionising religion.

Interfaith Scotland director Dr Maureen Sier, who gave a public lecture on the topic of interfaith dialogue on March 27 in Auckland, said an uncomfortable truth societies face today is the diversity of religion. She belongs to the Baha’i faith.

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Fiji: All Races, Different, Cultures, Faith Welcomed says Waterways Minister

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The 2013 Constitution protects the right of all Fijians to freedom of expression in all aspects of community life, including in the practice of religion.

This assurance was reiterated by the Minister for Waterways, Mahendra Reddy, in Labasa at a recent annual firewalking programme at Sangam Mahamariamman Firewalking Temple in Vunivau.

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New Zealand: Religious Diversity Classes

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The Religious Diversity Centre and the Waikato Interfaith Council are pleased to announce their Term 3 classes in Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga. Classes run for eight weeks (from 1 August through 21 September 2018), and in Terms 3 & 4 will focus on Selected Topics in Contemporary Belief and Practice.

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Melbourne wins World Interfaith Harmony Week Prize



Each year, the King of Jordan on behalf of UN World Interfaith Harmony Week allocates prizes to the most effective event for World Interfaith Harmony Week, the first week of February, every year. This year, for 2018, the Interfaith Centre of Melbourne has won the First Prize.

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PNG: Design of Baha’i House of Worship Unveiled



PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea — In a historic event earlier today, the design for the national Baha’i House of Worship of Papua New Guinea (PNG) was unveiled. The House of Worship will be one of two national Baha’i temples to be constructed in the world in the coming years, signifying a new milestone for the Baha’i world community.

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