Pope, World Council of Churches leaders share platform at ecumenical meeting

Pope Francis joined the general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the moderator of its Central Committee at an ecumenical meeting during his landmark 21 June visit to the WCC to celebrate its 70th anniversary at an ecumenical meeting in Geneva.

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Myanmar Cardinal Bo Explains the Rohingya Situation

The Rohingya issue in Myanmar is complex and subject to many misinterpretations which must be better understood. This is at the heart of the message of Salesian Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon (Myanmar), which His Eminence has provided to ZENIT on June 16, 2018, and can be read in its entirety below.

Cardinal Bo made the speech recently in Melbourne, Australia, to Church leaders and political personnel.

Myanmar is emerging from decades of military rule after Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party won the 2015 elections and has taken office.

The Muslim minority of the Rohingyas is considered by the UN to be one of the most persecuted. According to data from the Arakan Project, a humanitarian organization defending Rohingyas rights, since 2010, some 100,000 members of the minority have fled Burma (Myanmar) by sea. Violence between radical Buddhists and Rohingyas has left, since 2012, more than 200 dead and 140,000 displaced

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Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr: drawing closer to God through prayer and praise


When the World Council of Churches Assembly in 2013 called for a pilgrimage of justice and peace, it explicitly addressed not only Christians but invited people of good will everywhere to join. It recognized the gifts our interfaith partners have received from God and challenged them to engage them in transforming actions. That’s why, alongside our tradition of offering greetings to inter-religious partners during major festivals, we have started inviting scholars and believers from different traditions to reflect on those festivals from the perspective of justice and peace.

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Online Learning: World Religions through their Scriptures

Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. You can learn about the history and social impact of world religions through their scriptures with experts representing several of the world’s religious traditions.

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Indonesia: Expert Predicts ‘Terrorism Will Strengthen Moderate Islam’

Fr. Franz Magnis-Suseno, a Jesuit of German origin who now has Indonesian nationality has lived in Indonesia for 45 years. A scholar of Islam, he recently spoke with Aid to the Church in Need, the international papal charity, in the wake of the May 13, 2018 deadly church bombings in the city of Surabaya.

‘For us Christians, the task is clear: we have to build up trusting, positive relations with mainstream Indonesian Islam—which, incidentally, is something Muslims greatly appreciate’

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First World Conference on “Religions, Creeds and Value Systems: Joining Forces to Enhance Equal Citizenship Rights”


The first World Conference on “Religions, Creeds and Value Systems: Joining Forces to Enhance Equal Citizenship Rights” will be held on 25 June 2018 under the Patronage of His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan. It will mark a new conceptual departure towards expanding the boundaries of the convergence of values, which bring the world of religions and faiths together.

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