Bhumi Project response to Pope Francis’s encyclical



The Bhumi Project is an international Hindu response to the environmental challenges facing our planet. It is facilitated by the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies in partnership with the Alliance of Religions and Conservation. Here, the Bhumi Project responds to Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on Climate Change.

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Pope Says Catholic-Buddhist Meeting Sows ‘Seeds of Peace and Brotherhood’



(Vatican Radio) Buddhists and Catholics from the United States are holding an interreligious dialogue meeting for the first time near Rome this week, focused on the themes of ‘Suffering, Liberation and Fraternity’. The five day meeting, which opened on Tuesday at the headquarters of the Focolare movement in Castelgandolfo, includes 46 Buddhist and Catholic participants from New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. The group met with Pope Francis, who gave a brief address.

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Pope Francis meets with B’nai B’rith International



(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday said Jews and Christians can continue to cooperate together “for the good of the peoples of our time” and work for peace together – especially in the Holy Land and the Middle East. Speaking to representatives of B’nai B’rith International, a Jewish organization that sponsors cultural programs and promotes religious tolerance and international cooperation, the Pope recalled the landmark Vatican II declaration, Nostra Aetate which laid the groundwork for the Catholic Church’s relations with Jews. Founded in 1843, B’nai B’rith, which also provides humanitarian aid and community service in needy areas, has a presence in more than 50 countries across the globe.

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UN: ‘Dangerous New Era’ for World’s Record 60M Refugees




LONDON—The world is facing the worst refugee crisis in modern times – and the global response has been pitifully inadequate, according to the latest annual report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Humanitarian groups are calling for a global summit to address the crisis.

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Interfaith panel explores spiritual perspectives on climate change and human rights towards COP21

As organizations across the globe promote strong measures against climate change, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Geneva Interfaith Forum on Climate Change, Environment and Human Rights organized a side event to the United Nations Human Rights Council on 22 June, themed “Human Rights and Climate Change: Spiritual Dimension and Negotiations towards Paris”.

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Nepal: Rebuilding Village Culture

Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche shares that in the villages of Nepal, Gumbas are their spiritual center, their cultural center, and their social center. Gumbas are their temples, where people go at birth, at death, at marriage, where they go when they are sick or during difficult times–and where they go to celebrate the new year and other important festivals.

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A Sikh Sermon at the Pentagon: “Seva: The Call of Our Times

The following are the prepared remarks of Valarie Kaur at the Pentagon’s second-ever commemoration of the Sikh faith on May 1, 2015. Kaur spoke alongside Simran Jeet Singh and Inni Kaur on “Seva” – selfless service in the Sikh religion. Hosted by the Pentagon Chaplain on Vaisakhi, the program was organized by Major Kamal Singh Kalsi and the Sikh Coalition, an organization leading the campaign for turbaned Sikhs and other people of faith to be allowed to serve in the U.S. military. Kaur’s remarks at the first-ever Sikh event at the Pentagon in 2014 can be found here.

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How the Interfaith Movement Engenders Mutual Understanding and Appreciation

Council for a Parliament of the World's ReligionsAs many people seek and strive for interfaith understanding in the areas of you own life, you might enjoy this list of interfaith principles from Ron Rolheiser, and this “interfaith minute” video interview from the Parliament of World Religions.

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