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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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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Pope Francis Sends Message to Sant’Egidio Interreligious Peace Meeting in Germany

Pope Francis gave one message to the International Interreligious Peace Meeting, with the theme ‘Paths of Peace,’ taking place Sept. 10-12 in Münster Germany. The Meeting is organized by the Community of Sant’Egidio and the Dioceses of Münster and Osnabrück. The Transcript of the Message is provided by Vatican Press Office.

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World Water Week: Faith and Water


Organized as part of World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, the World Council of Churches (WCC) invited faith-based organizations, congregations and individuals to their 30 August public event entitled “Water and Faith: Building partnerships to achieve the SDGs”. The event, an open session, was organized by the WCC in collaboration with Church of Sweden, Global Water Partnership, Stockholm International Water Institute, and Swedish Institute Alexandria.

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Rome: Korean Interfaith Pilgrimage

Religious leaders are called to practice “a style of peace, with words that differentiate themselves from the narrative of fear and with gestures that oppose the rhetoric of hatred,” Pope Francis told the Korean Council of Religious Leaders, September 2, 2017, in the Vatican.

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Environment: Simplicity and Solidarity to Overcome “Moral Decay”

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople have made a joint appeal on the occasion of the Day of Prayer for the Protection of Creation observed in September 1, 2017. Their appeal is to have the courage to embrace “greater simplicity and solidarity in our lives” to overcome the generalized “moral decay” of humanity, which deteriorates Creation by manipulation, domination, greed and control.

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Korea: Religious leaders will meet with Pope



The leaders of Korea’s seven main religions will have a special audience with Pope Francis on September 2, 2017, to ask for his prayers and help in bringing peace and reunification to the Korean peninsula, reported SIR, the information service of the French bishops, on August 31, 2017.

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Pope Francis’ Message to Rabbis: A Fruitful Dialogue

Pope Francis greeted the representatives of the Conference of European Rabbis, of the Rabbinical Council of America and of the Commission of the Grand Rabbinate of Israel, in dialogue with the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with Judaism, with Professor Riccardo di Segni, Chief Rabbi of Rome, on Thursday, August 31, 2017.

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Welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating migrants and refugees


Pope Francis has released the text of his message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees. The theme of the message is “Welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating migrants and refugees”.

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