Bhumi Project response to Pope Francis’s encyclical



The Bhumi Project is an international Hindu response to the environmental challenges facing our planet. It is facilitated by the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies in partnership with the Alliance of Religions and Conservation. Here, the Bhumi Project responds to Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on Climate Change.

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Pope Says Catholic-Buddhist Meeting Sows ‘Seeds of Peace and Brotherhood’



(Vatican Radio) Buddhists and Catholics from the United States are holding an interreligious dialogue meeting for the first time near Rome this week, focused on the themes of ‘Suffering, Liberation and Fraternity’. The five day meeting, which opened on Tuesday at the headquarters of the Focolare movement in Castelgandolfo, includes 46 Buddhist and Catholic participants from New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. The group met with Pope Francis, who gave a brief address.

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Pope Francis meets with B’nai B’rith International



(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday said Jews and Christians can continue to cooperate together “for the good of the peoples of our time” and work for peace together – especially in the Holy Land and the Middle East. Speaking to representatives of B’nai B’rith International, a Jewish organization that sponsors cultural programs and promotes religious tolerance and international cooperation, the Pope recalled the landmark Vatican II declaration, Nostra Aetate which laid the groundwork for the Catholic Church’s relations with Jews. Founded in 1843, B’nai B’rith, which also provides humanitarian aid and community service in needy areas, has a presence in more than 50 countries across the globe.

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Australia: Islam and the Media



The Australian Prime Minister can be a rhetorical wrecking ball, but in no case has his lack of subtlety been more damaging than his remarks about Muslims. The media doesn’t deserve to be let off the hook, either. Journalists have to cover this story, but at times parts of the media have inflamed fear and mistrust. In turn, many Muslims have come to mistrust and fear the media.

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UN: ‘Dangerous New Era’ for World’s Record 60M Refugees




LONDON—The world is facing the worst refugee crisis in modern times – and the global response has been pitifully inadequate, according to the latest annual report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Humanitarian groups are calling for a global summit to address the crisis.

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Interfaith panel explores spiritual perspectives on climate change and human rights towards COP21

As organizations across the globe promote strong measures against climate change, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Geneva Interfaith Forum on Climate Change, Environment and Human Rights organized a side event to the United Nations Human Rights Council on 22 June, themed “Human Rights and Climate Change: Spiritual Dimension and Negotiations towards Paris”.

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