Poverty Eradication and Sustainable Development

unlogoThe High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) took place on Thursday, 21 April 2016, at UN Headquarters in New York. Following opening keynote speeches, plenary convened throughout the day for national statements on the theme “Action at All Levels: National Implementation.” In the morning, two panels took place on the theme “Financing poverty eradication and sustainable development,” addressing successful frameworks and strategies for financing SDGs and the paradigm shift towards low carbon societies, and enhancing international cooperation in tax and financial matters.

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Only a ‘better idea’ can cure the symptoms of extremism


Extremism’ is on everyone’s lips and every newspaper’s front page. It is viewed by many as public enemy number one. The rise of ‘religious’ terrorism has provoked new and sometimes no less extremist responses from those who feel threatened. Moderate majorities are being labelled as ‘extremists’ simply because they share the religion of violent minorities. Division and polarization are growing by the hour and threatening a new global chaos.

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Parliament of Worlds Religions Condemns Easter Sunday Attack on Pakistani Christian Minority


The Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions condemns the Easter Sunday attack on the Pakistani Christian minority. The Council’s Board stands with innocent civilian victims of worldwide extremism and promotes the Marrakesh Declaration, Interfaith Harmony as practical means to dismantle global terrorism.

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Pope’s address to the Vatican Police

vatpolMany readers would be aware that in Australia, some state police forces have multi-faith liaison groups made up of faith leaders and police command, which meet on a regular basis. We support the formation of similar multi-faith liaison groups with police command in all states. In this wise, we bring you the address of Pope Francis to the Vatican Detachment of the Roma Police Force.

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Harvard Launches Free Online Class To Promote Religious Literacy

Harvard University seeks to allay widespread misunderstandings about religions around the globe and has launched a free online series to raise religious literacy.

To combat this illiteracy, Moore and five other religion professors from Harvard University, Harvard Divinity School and Wellesley College are kicking off a free, online series on world religions open to the masses. The courses are being offered via an online learning platform called edX, which Harvard University launched with Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012.

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Nostra Aetate: Cordial Relations with Other Religions


Last October marked the fiftieth anniversary of Nostra aetate (“In Our Time”), the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions. There were celebrations in Australia on the signal importance of this document. Commonweal (a Catholic Magazine) has devoted a great deal of space over the years to explaining and exploring the significance of Nostra aetate for Catholic-Jewish relations. Some theologians understood this document opened the door for the Church to accept non-Christian religions. Other theologians did not. You may read the Commonweal article here.