Holy See at United Nations Urges Dialogue


On October 13, the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN sponsored a side event entitled “The Other is a Good for Me: The role of interreligious and intercultural dialogue in addressing violence, conflict and building lasting peace in the world today.” The title is based on a subtitle taken from the book Disarming Beauty by Fr. Julián Carrón, President of Communion and Liberation, which co-sponsored the event. The event – as well as the book – aimed to address the root causes of prevalent social issues, as well as to promote dialogue and the culture of encounter necessary to resolve them.

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Vatican: Message to Hindus for Feast of Deepavali

To mark the Feast of Deepavali, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue on October 16, 2016, sent Hindus a message on the theme: “Christians and Hindus: Going beyond tolerance”. This year the feast of Diwali/Deepavali will be celebrated by many Hindus on October 19th.

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Chinese police order Muslims to hand in all copies of the Koran and prayer mats or face ‘harsh punishment’

CHINA: Chinese authorities are reportedly stepping up their campaign against Muslims in the north-western region of Xinjiang. According to sources in the region, officials have been warning neighbourhoods and mosques that ethnic minority Muslim families are being forced to hand in religious items including the Koran and prayer mats.

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Pope Francis Sends Message to Sant’Egidio Interreligious Peace Meeting in Germany

Pope Francis gave one message to the International Interreligious Peace Meeting, with the theme ‘Paths of Peace,’ taking place Sept. 10-12 in Münster Germany. The Meeting is organized by the Community of Sant’Egidio and the Dioceses of Münster and Osnabrück. The Transcript of the Message is provided by Vatican Press Office.

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World Water Week: Faith and Water


Organized as part of World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, the World Council of Churches (WCC) invited faith-based organizations, congregations and individuals to their 30 August public event entitled “Water and Faith: Building partnerships to achieve the SDGs”. The event, an open session, was organized by the WCC in collaboration with Church of Sweden, Global Water Partnership, Stockholm International Water Institute, and Swedish Institute Alexandria.

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Environment: Simplicity and Solidarity to Overcome “Moral Decay”

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople have made a joint appeal on the occasion of the Day of Prayer for the Protection of Creation observed in September 1, 2017. Their appeal is to have the courage to embrace “greater simplicity and solidarity in our lives” to overcome the generalized “moral decay” of humanity, which deteriorates Creation by manipulation, domination, greed and control.

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Pope Francis’ Message to Rabbis: A Fruitful Dialogue

Pope Francis greeted the representatives of the Conference of European Rabbis, of the Rabbinical Council of America and of the Commission of the Grand Rabbinate of Israel, in dialogue with the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with Judaism, with Professor Riccardo di Segni, Chief Rabbi of Rome, on Thursday, August 31, 2017.

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