Religious leaders keep vision of peace alive on Korean Peninsula

Participants of the Steering group meeting of the Ecumenical Forum for Peace on the Korean PeninsulaEven as international tension mounts, religious leaders from North and South Korea renewed their exchange during a December meeting that kept the push for peace alive. Members of the Steering Committee of the Ecumenical Forum for Peace, Reunification and Cooperation on the Korean Peninsula – including delegations from the Korean Christian Federation (KCF) of North Korea and of the National Council of Churches in South Korea (NCCK) – met in Shenyang, China, on 2-3 December 2019.

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Interfaith group delivers message to COP25

Rev. Henrik Grape, moderator of the WCC working group on climate changeIf we should be true to our faith, we cannot be quiet when we see what is happening,” reads the declaration of the Interfaith Liaison Committee to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to the United Nations climate change summit COP25 taking place in Madrid, Spain, 2-13 December. “We are voices that are driven by hope and compassion. In a most urgent situation to bend the emissions down faith traditions must contribute to the urgent transformation.

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Rome: Call for urgent action to tackle and overcome climate change

UNFCC COP25 logoBrussels, December 10, 2019 (COMECE / CIDSE). Catholic Church leaders from across all continents, who gathered recently at the Vatican for the Synod of Bishops on Amazonia, have issued a call from the Synod for urgent action to tackle and overcome climate change.

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Faith communities mobilise in Madrid on eve of COP25

COP 25 at MadridGathering at the Iglesia de Jesús in central Madrid, representatives of various religious traditions met on 1 December to pray and dialogue together in view of an intense agenda ahead, as the United Nations climate meeting (COP25) runs from 2-13 December. Christian, Muslim, Jew and Bahá’í – many are the people of faith who share a common interest in caring for Creation, as political leaders from around the world now gather for the 25th session of the COP to deliberate and negotiate a way forward through what is becoming an evermore alarming situation of global climate emergency.

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Citizenship Bill in India threatens status of Muslims

 U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom logoWASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is deeply troubled by the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), originally introduced by Home Minister Amit Shah, in the Lok Sabha – the lower house of the Indian Parliament. The bill has the potential to remove citizenship from Muslims on religious grounds.

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Citizenship Amendment Bill: India’s new ‘anti-Muslim’ law causes uproar

Citizenship Amendment BillIndia’s government has tabled a bill in parliament which offers amnesty to non-Muslim illegal immigrants from three neighbouring countries. The controversial bill seeks to provide citizenship to religious minorities in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

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Australian Government to return three stolen artefacts to India

Nagaraja statue When Prime Minister Scott Morrison visits India in January 2020, he will take with him three stolen artefacts (statues) from the National Gallery of Australia (Canberra). The National Gallery of Australia is voluntarily returning pieces procured unethically. These include a pair of dvarpalas (door guardians) from 15th century Tamil Nadu, and a statue of Nagaraja (serpent king), believed to be from 6th to 8th century Rajasthan or Madhya Pradesh.

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Spain: Interfaith Dialogue for Hope and Action

Interfaith Dialogue in Madrid Spain - COP25 - for Climate Change

Representatives from multiple faith and religious backgrounds came together in Madrid, Spain on 1 December to find common ground in preparation for the United Nations Conference of Parties (COP) 25 in Madrid, Spain.

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Thich Nhat Hanh travels to Thailand for health check-up

Thich Nhat Hanh in Vietnam in October 2018 via plumvillage.org

“We are grateful that Thay is so clear and engaged with respect to his medical care, which helps us make decisions to support his needs,” Plum Village writes in a new letter to students.

On November 28, Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh traveled from Huế, Vietnam to Thailand for a medical check-up at a hospital in Bangkok, a letter to his students from Plum Village reports.

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World Water Week: Clean Water is nothing less than a moral challenge

Ecumenical Patriarch BartholomewHis All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, speaking during the closing session of the Amsterdam International Water Week on 5 November, said that “clean water is nothing less than a moral crisis and a moral challenge.”

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