Vatican: Climate Change Workshop Nov 2-4, 2017


The need to address “unprecedented environmental changes” informs the workshop scheduled November 2-4, 2017, will be sponsored by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS) and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (PASS) at Casina Pio IV in Vatican City.

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Pakistan: Speakers call for respecting all religions to create harmony


Parliamentarians, representatives of civil society, academicians and policy makers Wednesday unanimously stressed reviewing country’s educational policy, ensuring training of teachers, Ulema to respect other religions and their sacred places. Speaking in a seminar titled Promotion of Interfaith Harmony and Coexistence in the light of Paigham-e-Pakistan, said Pakistan could become a peaceful country by acting upon Mithaq-e-Madinah.

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Holy See at United Nations Urges Dialogue


On October 13, the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN sponsored a side event entitled “The Other is a Good for Me: The role of interreligious and intercultural dialogue in addressing violence, conflict and building lasting peace in the world today.” The title is based on a subtitle taken from the book Disarming Beauty by Fr. Julián Carrón, President of Communion and Liberation, which co-sponsored the event. The event – as well as the book – aimed to address the root causes of prevalent social issues, as well as to promote dialogue and the culture of encounter necessary to resolve them.

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Vatican: Message to Hindus for Feast of Deepavali

To mark the Feast of Deepavali, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue on October 16, 2016, sent Hindus a message on the theme: “Christians and Hindus: Going beyond tolerance”. This year the feast of Diwali/Deepavali will be celebrated by many Hindus on October 19th.

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Myanmar: Thousands Gather for Interfaith Rallies

YANGON — Religious leaders of Myanmar called for unity and peace as they gathered at the country’s first mass interfaith rally at Aung San Stadium in Yangon on Tuesday. It was the first major push for improved relations between followers of different faiths since an eruption of deadly violence in August inflamed communal tensions, especially between Buddhists and Muslims, and triggered an exodus of some 520,000 Muslims to Bangladesh.

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Myanmar: Interfaith rally invokes co-existence, chides international community’s criticism

Speaking at a mass interfaith gathering on Tuesday, the head of the Rangoon archdiocese denounced the international community’s criticism of Burma over the ongoing Arakan crisis and asked for international support as the country works to resolve the issues blighting its westernmost state.

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Some think interfaith dialogue goes nowhere. A veteran rabbi begs to differ.

Ron Kronish, an American-born rabbi in Israel, has devoted much of his life to dialogue among Jews, Muslims and Christians. His new book discusses the merits of dialogue. He says, the Vatican’s increasingly warm relations with Israel, for example, were rooted not only in diplomatic moves but 35 years of “systemic and substantive progress in Jewish-Catholic relations” fostered by hard-working priests and rabbis.

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Chinese police order Muslims to hand in all copies of the Koran and prayer mats or face ‘harsh punishment’

CHINA: Chinese authorities are reportedly stepping up their campaign against Muslims in the north-western region of Xinjiang. According to sources in the region, officials have been warning neighbourhoods and mosques that ethnic minority Muslim families are being forced to hand in religious items including the Koran and prayer mats.

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Myanmar’s Buddhist Leaders Must Take a Stand Against Ethnic Cleansing

In a public address on September 19, Aung San Suu Kyi addressed the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, saying she is “deeply concerned” about those caught in the conflict, but Myanmar’s government needs time to investigate “what the real problems are” in Rakhine state.

With hundreds of thousands of Rohingya fleeing their homes in Myanmar, more than 110 Buddhist teachers and community leaders have signed a letter calling on Myanmar’s Buddhist leaders take action to end the crisis.

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