Harnessing the moral authority of the world’s religions to save rainforests


Tropical rainforests are an irreplaceable gift. Not only do they exhibit nature in its most exquisite beauty, they are planetary life support systems that provide billions of people with food, shelter, livelihoods, medicine and clean water.

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Geneva: Education for peace in a multi-religious world

A panel debate will be organised by the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue and the World Council of Churches on the impact of peace education to promote mutual understanding and cooperative relations between people and societies. The panel debate will take place on World Human Rights Day, 10 December, in Geneva.

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Church leaders present Christmas statement on refugees and migrants to the European Parliament

Today’s world continues to experience the darkness of persecution, conflict and war. According to the UN almost 70 million people have been forced to flee their homes in search of sanctuary and livelihood. More than half of them are children. Here, the World Council of Churches presents a Christmas Statement on refugees and migrants to the European Parliament.

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Ecumenical Considerations for Buddhist-Christian Dialogue meets in Geneva

A group of clergy, interfaith practitioners and scholars met in Geneva from 26-27 November to produce a document outlining ecumenical considerations for Buddhist-Christian relations and dialogue. Taking into account the significant presence and the increasing influence of Buddhism across the world and particularly among its member churches, the document is meant to be an easily accessible resource to practically equip member churches to engage with Buddhism and Buddhists in an informed and sensitive manner.

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South Africa: Angst that buying halaal food could fund Islam



SOUTH AFRICA: Concerns have been raised, especially from Christians, that buying halal or kosher foods amounts to funding religions. The concerns have been raised with the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL commission), which hosted a seminar on the subject on Thursday.

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Joint Declaration Released After 16th Meeting of Jewish-Vatican Commission

From November 18 to 20, 2018 the 16th meeting of the bilateral commission of the Delegations of the Great Rabbinate of Israel and of the Holy See Commission for religious relations with Judaism took place in Rome on the theme: The dignity of the human being: teachings of Judaism and Catholicism regarding children.

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Vatican greets Sikhs on occasion of Gurupurab


The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue greets the world’s Sikhs on the occasion of birthday of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak. This day – called Gurupurab – is also celebrated as the birth anniversary of the ten gurus of Sikhism.

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US and Australia call on China to close secret Uighur re-education camps

Western countries including the United States and Australia have called on China to stop detaining Uighurs and other Muslims in secret political re-education camps, which activists say hold one million people.

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Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi has death penalty conviction overturned

A Christian woman who spent eight years on death row in Pakistan on blasphemy charges has been acquitted — prompting street protests from Islamists furious at the verdict.

Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar cited the Quran in his ruling, writing: “Tolerance is the basic principle of Islam,” and noting the religion condemns injustice and oppression.

Ms Bibi, who has been held at a secret location for security reasons, is now expected to leave the country.

Her husband, Ashiq Masih, hailed the verdict: “I am very happy. My children are very happy. We are grateful to God. We are grateful to the judges for giving us justice. We knew that she is innocent.”

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Vatican synod calls for women leaders ‘at all levels’

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — A global summit of Catholic bishops on Saturday (Oct. 27) issued a powerful call for the inclusion of women in decision-making roles in the church “at all levels” and sought to welcome gay people and commit the church to a historic shift on fighting clergy sexual abuse.

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