On Saturday May 28, Pope Francis met with the president of the Republic of Singapore, marking 35 years of diplomatic relations between the Southeast Asian country and the Holy See, and the first ever state visit by a Singaporean president to a Pope.
Just two hours after the Jakarta blasts, about 30 religious and community leaders of the Braddell Heights’ Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circle received information about what was happening on the ground there. They were also asked by the authorities to look out for reactions in their communities.
As Singaporeans become more religious, there are concerns that some segments of society are becoming more distant from others. One strong antidote to this exclusive tendency, religious leaders said, lies in their followers reflecting on what their respective religions teach. This is crucial, they added yesterday at a conference on building inter-faith relations.
Opportunities and hurdles for Interfaith Understanding
New premises were opened for the Singapore Inter Religious Organisation.
Inter-faith collaboration can benefit Singapore
SINGAPORE: It’s critical that the different communities in a society like Singapore build strong bonds across religious lines, said Minister of State for Education and Communications & Information Sim Ann.
SINGAPORE – An inter-religious group in this Southeast Asian nation has established the Singapore Interfaith Network on Aids (SINA).
Since 2007, the Singapore South East Community Development Council Explorations into Faiths (EiF) programme has helped participants to gain a better understanding of religions practiced in Singapore and to experience interfaith dialogue in a stimulating, supportive and respectful environment.