With a few inexpensive moves to turn bare walls into venues, churches are using visual displays for a range of purposes. Some complement lessons taught in worship (one church asked members to submit art pieces in response to a sermon series on thriving). Others bridge cultural divides with the secular world. Parishioners, staffers, artists and neighbors all say they benefit as displaying art becomes a larger part of the church’s mission. What then, is the role of art in religion – many religions?
Christians will be outnumbered by Muslims by 2035 as birth rates in Islamic countries outstrip those in the west, according to a new demographic analysis. In recent years, more babies were born to Christian mothers than to members of any other religion, reflecting Christianity’s continued status as the world’s largest religious group. But according to Washington-based think tank The Pew Research Centre, this is unlikely to be the case into the future.
Vatican City, April 5, 2017: Prior to his weekly General Audience Pope Francis met with a Catholic-Muslim delegation from Britain in the auletta of the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall. Pope Francis met with English Cardinal Vincent Nichols and four Muslim leaders from Britain who came to highlight the deep-rooted interfaith relations among the different religious communities in the UK today.
In speaking on an Encyclical of Paul VI, Pope Francis said, It is about integrating different peoples of the earth. The duty of solidarity obliges us to seek just ways of sharing, so that there is not that dramatic inequality between those that have too much and those that have nothing, between those that discard and those that are discarded. Only the way of integration between peoples enables humanity to have a future of peace and hope.
Fischel Benkhald, born Faisal Benkhald in Karachi, became the first Pakistani citizen in decades to officially declare his Jewish identity to the state. Benkhald is the first citizen allowed to register as a Jew in Pakistan – a state sensitive to religious identity – since the 1980’s.
The Vatican has sent a message to Jains across the world wishing them on their most important festival and urging their collaboration to “foster non-violence in families to nurture peace in society.” The Vatican cites the Jain sloka, ahimsa paramo dharma, there is no righteousness higher than non-violence.
The Archbishop of Westminster and four British imams will meet with Pope Francis next week in a long planned trip that the Cardinal says will help build interfaith relations following the Westminster terrorist attack which left five dead and around 50 injured.
For the eighth year, Perth’s Wesley Uniting Church in the City is presenting Stations of the Cross, a curated exhibition featuring newly commissioned works by fifteen West Australian contemporary artists, from a range of cultural and religious backgrounds.
(Vatican Radio) The logo for Pope Francis’ Apostolic Journey to Egypt, which takes place 28-29 April, has been released by the Egyptian Catholic Church.
Many see interreligious dialogue as a way to promote social cohesion and increase societal resilience.