The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has inaugurated an Anglican province in Muslim-majority Sudan. Sudan became the 39th province of the worldwide Anglican Communion on Sunday (30 July). Speaking at the service of inauguration in All Saints’ Cathedral, Khartoum, at which he installed the new Primate of Sudan, Ezekiel Kumir Kondo, Bishop of Khartoum, Welby said the inauguation marked a “new beginning” for the country’s Christian community.
New York, 19 July 2017 – The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) organized a panel discussion on “The Role of Religious Leaders in Peacebuilding in the Middle East” at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 18 July 2017.
Indonesia and Singapore have hosted their first joint interfaith and intercultural dialogue and exchange to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral and diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Following the 2nd Anniversary of his historic environmental encyclical, Pope Francis endorsed the Laudato Si’ Pledge campaign, which was also supported by many other Church leaders. Through the Pledge, the Global Catholic Climate Movement aims to mobilize at least 1 million Catholics to become directly engaged in turning Laudato Si into action to care for the planet.
Myanmar National Security Advisor U Thaung Tun today called for interfaith dialogue to promote peace and harmony. Speaking at the Dialogue for Peace, Harmony, and Security currently underway in Yangon, the NSA advisor stated: “In a 2003 UN General Assembly resolution, the nations of the world affirmed that ‘inter-religious dialogue is an integral part of the efforts to translate shared values into action.”
An interfaith dialogue for peace, harmony and security was held at Sitagu International Buddhist Academy, Yangoon, Myanmar for two days from 5th to 6th July.
The interfaith coalition of religious and business leaders was set up by Holocaust survivor, Rabbi Arthur Schneier in 1965. Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the foundation has rallied religious leaders worldwide to take a stand against terrorism, using their influence to halt violence and promote tolerance and mutual understanding.
Filipinos launched an interfaith “prayer marathon for peace and unity” on July 7 as clashes between security forces and terrorist gunmen continued in the Mindanao city of Marawi.
“Following the previous Agreement of May 28, 1998, and in the light of addresses of Pope Francis and of the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed Mohamed al-Tayyeb during the historic peace conference at Cairo last April 28, the common engagement is express to pursue the shared reflections, geared to promoting a fruitful and effective inter-religious dialogue, centered in particular on the promotion of peace and the building of a more just world.”
“It’s important, because my religious life was enriched by his explanations to him, it was extraordinarily enriched, and I suppose his with mine”: by these words, spoken in Spanish, on turning to his Argentine friend, Rabbi Abraham Skorka, who spoke just after him, Pope Francis witnesses in a worldwide video-message of religions, inviting the man and woman of the street to “to make friends” with all religions.