Vatican Greetings to Jains on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti ‎



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.

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Shahbaz Bhatti: The Mission of a “True Politician,” According to Cardinal Parolin

“There are persons who are willing to die for an ideal in which they believe. Among these is Shahbaz Bhatti, Federal Minister of Minorities of Pakistan, killed on March 2, 2011 at Islamabad by armed men.” Thus writes the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, in the Preface of the book, which goes on sale today and is published by Saint Paul’s: “Shabaz – The Voice of Justice,” written by Paul Bhatti, Pakistani doctor and politician, older brother of the martyred Minister.

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UNITAR Hosts Dialogue on Faith, Peacebuilding & Development


5 February 2016, Palais des Nations, Geneva – Diplomats from permanent missions, staff members from United Nations entities, leaders from NGOs and representatives of major religions gathered at the event, “Dialogue on Faith, Peacebuilding & Development,” to discuss the role of faith in peace-building and how faith-based organizations can support social and economic development in synergy with the new 2030 Agenda.

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