Pope Francis has become the second pontiff to visit a Buddhist temple, changing his schedule at the last minute to pay his respects at an important place of worship in Sri Lanka’s capital and to witness a key ritual for Buddhists: the opening of a casket containing relics of two important disciples of the Buddha.
Pope Francis issued a statement on Wednesday’s terrorist attack against France’s satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, calling the actions an “abominable” affront to peace. He also offered a Mass in memory of the Charlie Hebdo victims.
Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, has emerged from a weeks long coma after suffering a severe brain haemorrhage last November, according to a Jan. 3 statement released by his monastery.
An ancient religious divide is helping fuel a resurgence of conflicts in the Middle East and Muslim countries. Struggles between Sunni and Shia forces have fed a Syrian civil war that threatens to transform the map of the Middle East, spurred violence that is fracturing Iraq, and widened fissures in a number of tense Gulf countries. Growing sectarian clashes have also sparked a revival of transnational jihadi networks that poses a threat beyond the region. We present a video from the Council for Foreign Relations.
Halal certification in Australia (and worlwide) are in turmoil as suspicions and fears about channelling of funds to terrorist organisations are not allayed appropriately by those in authority. In fact, the halal certification authorities are under attack. The following opinion piece suggests that withdrawal from halal certification schemes is a blow to the economy and local industries.
Why don’t we hear Muslims condemning the barbarian ISIS terrorists in the worldwide media? It turns out they are loudly condemning ISIS … but our press isn’t covering it.