BBC to air more religious programming

The BBC has pledged to “raise our game” on religion by increasing the portrayal of all faiths in mainstream shows. The corporation said it would “enhance” the representation of religion on TV and radio dramas and documentaries. It said it would also create a new global religious affairs team, headed by a religion editor, in BBC News.

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Azerbaijan an irreplaceable country in interreligious dialogue

Azerbaijan is turning into an irreplaceable country in the interreligious, intercultural dialogue, said President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. President Aliyev made the remarks at an international conference titled “2017 – Year of Islamic Solidarity: Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue” at the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku Dec. 21. Azerbaijani people are very committed to their national and spiritual roots.

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UN Adopts resolution: Promotion of interreligious and intercultural dialogue

Following a contentious discussion, the General Assembly adopted two draft resolutions, on the promotion of interreligious and intercultural dialogue, and cooperation between the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), respectively.

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Iraqi religious leaders call for restoring religious and social cohesion


More than 40 religious leaders from Iraq gathered in Beirut, Lebanon under the auspices of the World Council of Churches for three days of constructive interfaith dialogue to identify and analyse opportunities and challenges related to cohesion and highlight the role of religious leaders in restoring inclusive multi-religious and multi-cultural communities in Iraq after years of conflict.

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COMMUNIQUE OF THE 10TH ACADEMIC CONSULTATION BETWEEN JUDAISM AND ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY JERUSALEM, DECEMBER 5-7, 2017

The 10th Academic Consultation between Orthodox Christianity and Judaism on “The Significance of Jerusalem in the Two Faith Traditions” took place from December 5-7, 2017, co-sponsored by the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC). His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I presided at this year’s proceedings.

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ADDRESS by His-All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew “JERUSALEM IN JUDAISM AND CHRISTIANITY”


An international interfaith conference between Orthodox Christianity and Judaism – Celebrating 40 Years of Dialogue – was conducted in Jerusalem, December 5-7, 2017. Here, we bring you the address by His-All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the conference.

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Pope meets Jordan’s king amid rising tensions in Jerusalem



Vatican City — Pope Francis met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II at the Vatican, two weeks after U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital provoked outrage in the Middle East.

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Pope Renews Call for Care of Planet


The United Nations is conducting a Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, under the presidency of Fiji. Pope Francis has renewed his call to action in a message he sent Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of the Fiji Islands, President of the 23rd Session of the Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP-23), taking place in Bonn from November 6-17, 2017. The message was read during the November 16 session.

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