Vatican, World Council of Churches – Annual Meeting on Inter-religious Dialogue

radio(Vatican City) The annual meeting between the officials of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID) and the staff of the Office for Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation (IRDC) of the World Council of Churches (WCC), took place from 3 to 4 February in Geneva, Switzerland. Appropriately this was during Interfaith Harmony Week.

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USCIRF Letter to Secretary Kerry Urging Humanitarian Parole for Bangladeshi Writers

300px-USCIRF-Logo.svg_Since 2013, a number of secularist writers, bloggers and publishers in Bangladesh have been killed or seriously injured in attacks perpetrated by Islamist extremists. The attacks have taken place at a time of growing tension between Bangladeshi secularists, who want the country to maintain its secularist tradition of separation of religion and state, and Islamists, who want an Islamic state. The US Commission has written to the Secretary of State seeking Humanitarian Parole for Bangladeshi Writers.

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India: Muslim University opens Centre for Interfaith Understanding

aligarhAIGARH: To mark the bicentenary celebrations of the birth of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan in 2017, Aligarh Muslim University has opened Centre for Interfaith Understanding to foster a culture of liberal views and tolerance. The centre was inaugurated on Republic Day at Sir Syed Academy in the university.

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Church ban call in Confucius’ birthplace stokes debate

zhongxianA Confucian scholar in Qufu, the Chinese sage’s birthplace, has provoked accusations of religious exclusion after calling for Christian churches to be banned from the town. Zeng Zhenyu, a political adviser in Qufu, Shandong province, complained of plans to turn a temporary Protestant church into a permanent structure accommodating 3,000 worshipers after the Chinese New Year in February.

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