UN Food and Agriculture Organization: Pope Addresses IFAD’s Governing Council

“May we see the total defeat of hunger and a bountiful harvest of justice and prosperity.”

Pope Francis expressed this hope when meeting with participants in the Assembly of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) at the premises of the FAO in Rome. This morning, Feb. 14, Pope Francis addressed the opening ceremony of IFAD’s 42nd annual Governing Council meeting.

The United Nations Agency IFAD works to eradicate poverty and hunger in developing countries’ remote areas. Working with local governments, the agency creates and finances projects aimed at helping rural people to help themselves.

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Interreligious Understanding Today 2019

The Woolfe Institute will conduct an online course combining history, philosophy, sociology, ethics, politics, and theology. It will provide a forum in which participants will, for example, explore different kinds of interreligious understanding (Intellectual, Empathic, Civil, Spiritual) between religions and compare the ways in which such understanding can be achieved in different cultural and political contexts in the world (US, Asia, Europe). Applications are now being accepted for the course commencing on Monday 1 April 2019. The deadline for applications is Sunday 10 March 2019.

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Pope in historic UAE visit urges faith leaders to reject war

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pope Francis urged religious leaders to work together to reject the “miserable crudeness” of war as he opened the first-ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula, the birthplace of Islam, with a strong denunciation of violence committed in God’s name.

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Shaykh Welcomes Pope Francis to UAE

Shaykh Abdallah Bin Bayyah, President of the United Arab Emirates Fatwa Council President, Forum for Promoting Peace, Co-Moderator Religions for Peace International, welcomes His Holiness Pope Francis and delegation to the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, on February 4, 2019

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Thursdays in Black

In every country, gender-based violence is a tragic reality. This violence is frequently hidden, and victims are often silent, fearing stigma and further violence.

We all have a responsibility to speak out against violence, to ensure that women and men, boys and girls, are safe from rape and violence in homes, schools, work, streets – in all places in our societies.

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Pakistan: Asia Bibi free after Pakistan Supreme Court upholds acquittal of Islamist blasphemy charges

A Christian woman who spent nine years on death row for blasphemy is free to leave Pakistan, after the country’s highest court upheld her acquittal.

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UAE: Pope and Imam of al Azhar to be at Conference

On Monday 21 January – local media reported – during a press conference hosted at the Emirates Palace, the general director of the National Council of the Emirates media, Mansour Al Mansouri, wanted to underline that the Pope and the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, will launch a global humanitarian message to consolidate the values of tolerance and brotherhood, coexistence and rejection of extremism.

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Press Statement by Religious Leaders on the Riverside Dusit Complex Attack on 15 January 2019



Fellow Kenyans and all people of goodwill, we, the religious leaders of Kenya meeting under the auspices of the Inter-Religious Council of Kenya, convey our peace and goodwill greetings to all Kenyans and visitors in our country.

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