YATRA (Youth in Asia Training for Religious Amity) 2018



Applications are now open for YATRA (Youth in Asia Training for Religious Amity) 2018, an inter-religious training programme of the World Council of Churches (WCC). The intensive training course, held annually since 2014, seeks to enable young Christian leaders from Asian churches to contribute towards the building up of just, harmonious and peaceable communities by equipping them for ministries of justice and peace from an inter-religious perspective.

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OIC-KAICIID Conference Issues Joint Statement on Interreligious Dialogue in South and South-East Asia


The Conference on Interreligious Dialogue in South and Southeast Asia organized by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) in Bangkok, Thailand, from 18 to 20 December 2017 issued the Bangkok Joint Statement that calls for boosting local, national and regional collaboration on interfaith coexistence.

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OIC Commitment to the Promotion of Interfaith Dialogue and Peace-Building in the Interreligious Dialogue Conference in Bangkok

The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), H.E. Dr. Yousef A. Al-Othaimeen, said that the OIC is committed to promoting interfaith dialogue, peace building and conflict resolution, which are priority issues of the OIC Program of Action 2025 and integral components for fostering better understanding between peoples and cultures in promoting sustainable development and encouraging positive relationships between nations.

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OIC -KAICIID Conference on Interreligious Dialogue tackles Muslim-Buddhist relations in South and South-East Asia


In order to promote better understanding, cooperation and partnership between faith communities across South and South-East Asia, a meeting of religious and civil society leaders, academics, policy makers and intellectuals from Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Singapore, and Malaysia was conducted in Bangkok, Thailand, 18-20 December 2017 to discuss how religious and cultural coexistence can be fostered.

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Malaysia: Inter-faith group wants end to race, religion in politics

PETALING JAYA: The country’s main inter-religious body has called for an end to the use of race and religion in politics. Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) said this in response to comments attributed to PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang on Malay-Muslims forming the core of the cabinet.

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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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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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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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