Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue delegation visits Indonesia

(Vatican Radio) A 2-member delegation from the Pontifical Council for Interrelious Dialogue visited Indonesia (from 22-27 June) and held talks with local Church representatives and leading Muslim organisations in the nation.

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Women make Peace Possible

Women as agents for peace

The landscape of women’s participation has experienced significant change mostly in the area of awareness. All of us, men and women alike, have gender roles firmly embedded within us. The more we all try to pretend they do not exist, the less conscious we are of our own behaviors that promote inequality. Discussion of these issues openly is a first step to dealing with them and getting more women involved in the process of peace.

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Human Rights Council Hears Statements on the Impacts of Climate Change

United Nations Human Rights

3 March 2014: The 25th session of the Human Rights Council opened with high-level statements expressing concern regarding the situation in a number of countries and regions around the world, and outlining some of the efforts countries are undertaking in the promotion and protection of human rights. A number of statements highlighted the linkages between human rights and climate change.

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Doing Theology on Climate Change

Manufacturing industry smoke

In the last six months, four record-breaking storm systems have trashed whole cities and rural areas in the Philippines, Sardinia, Illinois and England. The greatest loss of life by far was in the Philippines, as residents there had no basements or storm-secure buildings in which to escape the devastating tidal surge provoked by the strongest storm system ever recorded by satellite.

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UNGA President Releases Note on Human Rights and the Rule of Law

UN General Assembly

The Office of the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has released a concept note on ‘Contributions of Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the post-2015 Development Agenda,’ ahead of a high-level event on this topic.

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Seeds of World Interfaith Harmony Week

Pope Benedict with King Abdullah

It began with a visit to the Vatican in November 2007, the first time a Saudi monarch had visited a pope. King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was on a mission to engage Pope Benedict XVI after the Vatican repeatedly ignored Muslim imams and scholars’ requests for broader dialogue between Christians and Muslims.

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