Vatican synod calls for women leaders ‘at all levels’

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — A global summit of Catholic bishops on Saturday (Oct. 27) issued a powerful call for the inclusion of women in decision-making roles in the church “at all levels” and sought to welcome gay people and commit the church to a historic shift on fighting clergy sexual abuse.

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Why Pittsburgh Matters

(RNS) — We are shocked, but we are not surprised. How could we be surprised? The novelist Rebecca West once said that Jews, having suffered so much, have an “unsurprisable mind.” Did we think that we, the American Jewish community, could splash blood upon our communal door and thus ward off the twin angels of hatred and death?

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Thousands to Convene for Toronto’s Interfaith Parliament

The 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions is being hosted by the city of Toronto from November 1st through November 7th, 2018 at The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) located at 222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3L9, Canada.

Canada – in its distinction as home of the world’s most diverse city, will showcase its unique values, achievements, and aspirations as the 7th host of the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

For its 2018 theme, the Parliament draws from movements of goodwill and cross-cultural respect that are embodied in the spirit of the interfaith movement:
The Promise of Inclusion, the Power of Love:Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation, and Change

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The First International Buddhist-Christian Dialogue for Nuns Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Monastery, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

ROME – The Vatican’s office for Interreligious Dialogue announced the first-ever dialogue event between Buddhist and Christian Nuns this week.

The four-day conference titled “Contemplative Action and Active Contemplation: Buddhist and Christian Nuns in Dialogue” is being held this week at the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Monstery in Taiwan, the Vatican revealed on Wednesday.

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Declaration of the 6th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions

Eighty-two delegations from 46 countries representing the world’s religions gathered in Astana Oct. 10-11 for the Sixth Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions. Its objectives are to seek universal guidelines among world and traditional religions and to be a permanent platform for international interfaith dialogue.

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Laos: Freedom of Worship and Expression Suppressed

Laos recognizes four faiths; Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Bahai, but it remains an overwhelmingly Buddhist nation, and the communists have had to come to terms with religious clerics since they ousted a 600-year-old Buddhism-based monarchy in 1975.

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Malaysia: Putrajaya urged to ratify UN declaration on religious freedom

KUALA LUMPUR: A DAP parliamentarian today urged Malaysia to sign and ratify the United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief, which will allow for religious freedom in the country.

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Young Ambassadors of Peace in Asia – Interfaith Program

The third annual training of peace activists through the Young Ambassadors of Peace in Asia (YAPA) opened during an interfaith service at the headquarters of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) on 15 October. The program has the theme, Peace with Justice and Human Security: Interfaith Perspectives

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