The photograph of a drowned Salvadoran migrant and his daughter provoked a global outcry. That’s not enough

Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his daughterOn the morning of 17 January 2018 a humanitarian group, No More Deaths, released a report showing how, over four years, US border patrol agents had destroyed 3,856 gallons of water that had been left for migrants in the desert.That afternoon, Scott Warren, a No More Deaths volunteer, was arrested for bringing food, water, bedding and clean clothes to two men who had entered the country illegally. He found them in an area where 32 bodies had been recovered in the previous year alone. Charged with conspiracy to transport and harbour migrants, he faced up to 20 years in prison. Earlier this month his trial ended in a hung jury.

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Buddhist memorial service to be held at Fort Sill protest against migrant detention on July 20

Protesters at Fort SillA Buddhist memorial service coordinated by Soto Zen Buddhist priest Duncan Ryuken Williams will be held at a protest against migrant detention at Fort Sill in Oklahoma on Saturday, July 20.

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Peace forum: “there must be no more war on the Korean Peninsula”

Participants of the Ecumenical Forum on Korean peninsula in Bangkok. Photo: NCCK

An Ecumenical Forum for Peace, Reunification and Development Cooperation on the Korean Peninsula, held 10-12 July in Bangkok, has issued a communique that reiterates calls for peace and outlines possible steps toward renewed dialogue.

The forum drew 46 participants from 11 countries, including delegations from the Korean Christian Federation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and from the National Council of Churches in the Republic of Korea.

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Office of the Dalai Lama issues clarification on Dalai Lama’s controversial remarks on immigrants and female successor

XIV Dalai LamaIn a new interview, the Dalai Lama said Trump lacks moral principle, refugees should ultimately return to their homeland, and any future female Dalai Lama should be attractive.

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WCC trains students for interreligious dialogue

Interreligious Studies at Bossey Institute

Young students from all over the world were welcomed to the World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland on Tuesday for the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Interreligious Studies.

The theme of the 2018/2019 academic year is “Engaging for just and participatory societies – belongingness in Judaism, Christianity and Islam”. The distance learning component of the course started three weeks ago. It brings together students from the three Abrahamic religions to learn more about each other’s religions and enhance their understanding of today’s multicultural society.

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WCC, IJCIC agree to restore formal relations, strengthen communication

WCC Staff with IJCCThe World Council of Churches (WCC) and the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC ) have met formally on 25-27 June in Paris. This meeting, under the theme “The normalization of hatred: challenges for Jews and Christians today,” took place at a time of challenges both to religious life in general and to each of our communities in their various contexts,” reads a communiqué released by the two groups.

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Pope Francis Meets Hong Kong’s Colloquium of Six Religious Leaders

Pope Francis with religious leaders from Hong KongThe leaders of 6 religions in Hong Kong are in Rome this week to mark the 40th anniversary of an organization dedicated to improving interreligious ties. Pope Francis met the “Colloquium of Six Religious Leaders of Hong Kong” briefly on the sidelines of his Wednesday General Audience. He told them: “Upon all of you I invoke joy and peace in the Lord Jesus Christ. May God bless you!”

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Pope seeks more freedom in theology, dialogue with Islam

Pope Francis at Naples UniversityPope Francis called Friday for a reform of the way theology is taught in Catholic schools, saying students must learn about dialogue with Judaism and Islam, and that overall there must be greater freedom in theological research and academic pursuits. Theology students should be educated in dialogue with Judaism and Islam, the Pope said.

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USCIRF Statement on World Refugee Day and Link Between Religious Freedom and Displacement

USCIRF LogoWASHINGTON – In response to the release of the United Nations Refugee Agency’s Global Trends report on worldwide forced displacement, and in observance of June 20th as World Refugee Day, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Chair Tony Perkins issued the following statement:

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UNHCR: Faith actors call for global solidarity

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The World Council of Churches was among 25 signatories on a statement released by the UN Refugee Agency entitled “Faith Actors call for Global Solidarity.” The statement was released on World Refugee Day, observed on 20 June.

“The diversity of origins and traditions which make humanity unique are being targeted by intolerance, sometimes by brutal violence, and refugees are often on the front line of this assault,” reads the statement. “Based on their religious teachings, as well as on the experience that some of their communities have of being targeted themselves, faith-based actors seek to address xenophobia as one of their special responsibilities.”

The number of displaced people in the world has eclipsed 70 million. Social media campaigns, including #RefugeeForum and #StepWithRefugees also supported solidarity with refugees.

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