(Vatican Radio) The promotion of human rights for everyone in the context of sports and the Olympic ideal was the theme of Tuesday’s statement by the permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations. Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič delivered the statement to the 32nd Session of the Human Rights Council, in which he addressed the role of sports and the Olympics in promoting a “better international environment” that is “more inclusive and open to everyone.”
Every day at dusk during the fasting month, over a hundred residents get a free meal to break their fast in a garage-turned-dining room on Jl. Dr. Wahidin, Lawang district, Malang regency, East Java. This is an 18-year-old tradition maintained by Paguyuban Metta, a Buddhist association in the city.
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews and the Muslim group Mimouna, along with Chabad, teamed to deliver 1,500 boxes of food worth some $60,000 to feed 8,000 needy Muslims in Kenitra, Rabat and Sale on Sunday.
Muslim, Christian, and Jewish leaders are planning to open an interfaith place of worship in Jerusalem for one week in September, The Media Line reported. From Sept. 5-11, a Jerusalem structure currently known as the Alpert Youth Music Center will become “AMEN,” a place of worship for the three Abrahamic faiths sharing “a passion for Jerusalem in which they will co-exist temporarily under the wings of the Almighty.”
The archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, cardinal Dom Orani João Tempesta, and the president of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, Carlos Nuzman, opened the ‘100 Days of peace: sport for human development’ congress at Museum of Tomorrow on Thursday (23 June). At the event there was a debate about the social legacy of the Olympic Games and the sport’s capacity to promote peace.
There will be dedicated rooms for five religions during the Olympic Games, in the Olympic Village. Faith coordinators will be on hand to provide spiritual care for athletes and competitors. The President of the Universal Society of Hinduism urges the Olympic Village officials to equip the room set aside for Hindu worship with statues and idols of the important gods and goddesses of Hinduism, such as the Generator-Organiser-Destructor trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.
Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries have spent months working on preparations for the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The Chassidic Jewish group is just about ready to greet the tens of thousands of Jews who are expected to be among the hundreds of thousands of people flocking to Brazil for the competition.
Worldwide, both government restrictions on religion and social hostilities involving religion decreased modestly from 2013 to 2014 despite a rise in religion-related terrorism, according to Pew Research Center’s latest annual study on global restrictions on religion.
Representatives of five religions met on Wednesday (22 June) at the headquarters of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee to work on details about the inter-religious centre that will be opened at the Olympic Village. “It’s really good to see Rio de Janeiro as a welcoming place where religions understand each other,” said Cardinal Dom Orani Tempesta, archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, who was alongside Rio 2016 president Carlos Nuzman.
We all have our own battles to fight and struggles through life to overcome. I’ve been blessed to have been exposed to so much when I was young. And, I’ve been able to deal with and manage personal tragedies and trauma with God by my side. Through Eyekonz Field Hockey and Lacrosse I truly believe we being the change we want to see and contributing to society. As with training to be an Olympic athlete, we want to ensure our kids are trained culturally and spiritually, says Jazmine Smith of Philadelphia, who uses field hockey and lacrosse as the means to educate, expose, empower and transform lives as Muhammad Ali did.