Norway royals host interfaith dialogue


King Harald, Norway

OSLO — Members of Norway’s Baha’i community attended a special gathering hosted by the King and Queen of Norway.

Up to 90 representatives from diverse religious organizations were invited to the royal palace in Oslo earlier this month as part of efforts to promote greater inter-ethnic and inter-religious dialogue and understanding.

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Vatican Official Tells Religions for Peace Assembly: No True Religious Leader Can Preach Violence




Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, sent a message to participants in the Religions for Peace European Assembly, currently gathered in Castel Gandolfo to discuss the theme “Welcoming Each Other in Europe: from Fear to Trust.”

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Godfather of Interfaith Theology?



Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) is regarded widely as a Christian martyr and Protestant saint. He was a Lutheran pastor and theologian who spoke out early against Hitler’s sinister plans for Germany and the world and especially his pretensions to be fulfilling some godly plan for restoring German greatness.

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Myanmar: UNICEF hails joint interfaith declaration seeking tolerance



In the light of upcoming elections in Myanmar and amid reports of rising religious intolerance, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Wednesday welcomed a joint statement by the leaders of four main religious groups in the country calling for tolerance and respect of religious freedom as essential conditions for every child to grow and develop to their full potential.

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Countering Violent Extremism Requires a Whole-of-Community Approach


Countering violent extremism in Australia is a difficult task, fraught with political, cultural and religious sensitivities, exacerbated by social tensions and lack of understanding across various communities. One unintended consequence of the desire to secure our nation has been to heighten these tensions and divisions in many communities across Australia.

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Muslim Radicalisation: Where Does the Responsibility Rest?



The problem of Muslim radicalisation is exaggerated and overrepresented in political, media and public discourses. In this article, Halim Raine says that the problem of Muslim radicalisation has clearly grown over the past several years and the contributing factors need to be considered.

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