Humanists International calls on states not to ratify the “Covenant on the Rights of the Child in Islam”

Rights of the Child in IslamHumanists International has condemned states that are making laws based on religious grounds that are incompatible with their obligations on the human rights of children.

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Palestinian Doctors, Israeli Hospitals, and Bridge-Building for Peace

Palestinian Doctors, Israeli Hospitals, and Bridge-Building for PeaceProject Rozana places Palestinian health professionals within Israeli medical institutions and offers training programs to enhance their capacity to deliver needed health care in the Palestinian territories. In addition, Project Rozana, in a partnership with Road to Recovery and its network of more than 2,000 Israeli drivers, transports Palestinian patients, most of them children, through checkpoints to appointments at Israeli hospitals and provides direct support for treatment of Palestinians, primarily children, in Israeli hospitals.

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Bishop defends Pope Francis in the dialogue between religions

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The Archbishop of Vasai supports the ‘Document on Human Fraternity’ signed in Abu Dhabi. Asserting the importance of dialogue between religions “does not mean renouncing one’s own identity”. Pope Francis “is not changing any Catholic doctrine”. At the same time, “The encounter with the religious other is an undeniable reality and it is important to insist on listening to the experience of the other.”

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UN Plan of Action to Safeguard Religious Sites

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United Nations Alliance of Civilisations LogoAmidst a global call by Secretary-General António Guterres to “reaffirm the sanctity” of religious sites and keep worshippers safe, the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) on 12 September 2019 launched a new plan of action to “counter hate and violence around the globe”. The plan outlines a wide array of recommendations, such as for the UN to develop a global communications campaign to foster mutual respect and understanding; for States to create multi-disciplinary national plans anchored in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to prevent violent extremism; and for religious leaders to regularly engage in interfaith dialogue.

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Worshipping safely: UN, faith communities unite to prevent violence

Sacred book in a churchIn an era in which places of worship have become, too often, targets for violence, United Nations officials and religious leaders gathered in New York City on 19 September to talk over plans for preventing attacks against people of faith.

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Evangelical Church in Germany advocates for boat rescue of refugees

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Citing an “appalling record” of failure to rescue refugees at sea, the Evangelical Church in Germany, along with other faith-based and civil society groups, are calling for better solutions.

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Pope’s new cardinals reflect his vision for a Church of dialogue

Pope Franics in St Peters SquarePope Francis almost didn’t get to announce his thirteen new cardinals on Sunday. For 25 minutes before the Sunday Angelus, he was stuck in a lift before the Holy See’s firefighters came to rescue him.

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South Sudan Council of Churches convenes first assembly eight years after independence

South Sudan CrossThe South Sudan Council of Churches, an ecumenical body of seven members and two associate members, held its first General Assembly since the independence of the largely Christian and animist country in 2011.

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Golden Rule Day

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Golden Rule Day imageThe Golden Rule is ancient and modern, secular and religious, personal and common. Golden Rule Day is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on and celebrate the universal principle of treating others the way that we want to be treated. It is a powerful tool for all of our relationships – with ourselves, others, animals, and the planet.

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An inside look at interreligious reconciliation

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Rabbi David RosenRabbi David Rosen, international director of interreligious affairs at the American Jewish Committee (AJC), has been advancing understanding and good relations between religious communities for more than 40 years. He has been involved in this area from the time he served as rabbi of the largest Orthodox Jewish congregation in South Africa, during his tenure as chief rabbi of Ireland and throughout more than 30 years based in Jerusalem.

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