When the Christians of Najran arrived to Medina, Muhammad allowed them to pray in Nabawi mosque where the Muslims also prayed. This invitation was not only the first example of Christian-Muslim dialogue, but it was the first time that Christians prayed in a mosque. While Prophet Muhammad and the Najrans were not able to reach common ground on all theological issues, he nonetheless gave them a place to stay near his home, and even ordered Muslims to pitch their tent.
Harvard University seeks to allay widespread misunderstandings about religions around the globe and has launched a free online series to raise religious literacy.
To combat this illiteracy, Moore and five other religion professors from Harvard University, Harvard Divinity School and Wellesley College are kicking off a free, online series on world religions open to the masses. The courses are being offered via an online learning platform called edX, which Harvard University launched with Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012.
Last October marked the fiftieth anniversary of Nostra aetate (“In Our Time”), the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions. There were celebrations in Australia on the signal importance of this document. Commonweal (a Catholic Magazine) has devoted a great deal of space over the years to explaining and exploring the significance of Nostra aetate for Catholic-Jewish relations. Some theologians understood this document opened the door for the Church to accept non-Christian religions. Other theologians did not. You may read the Commonweal article here.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Sunday called for the worldwide abolition of the death penalty, saying the commandment “You shall not kill” was absolute and equally valid for the guilty as for the innocent.
Religious groups must promote Chinese culture and become more compatible with socialism, top Politburo official Yu Zhengsheng has told faith leaders, as Beijing circulated orders for retired party cadres to shun all religious activity.
A village council in central India has fined four people for practicing Christianity and is closely watching them to prevent them continuing to do so. The Dahar village council in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh, fined the four 5,000 rupees (US$75) each.
China deciding the Dalai Lama’s successor would be like Cuba’s Fidel Castro “selecting the next pope,” said the political leader of Tibet’s exiled government. Lobsang Sangay’s criticism follows insistence by the Chinese Communist Party that it alone will decide the reincarnation of the 80-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader.
Pope Francis received Prime Minister of Iraq Haydar al-Abadi in audience on the morning of 10 February 2016 in the study of the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall.
UNITED NATIONS – Pakistan has called for action to combat the forces of Islamophobia and warned that if timely steps are not taken to check this disturbing trend, it could threaten regional and global peace and security. The Pakistan Ambassador to the United Nations organised a side event at the UN on occasion of World Interfaith Harmony Week.