The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050

Chart of religion growthAs of 2010, Christianity was by far the world’s largest religion, with an estimated 2.2 billion adherents, nearly a third (31%) of all 6.9 billion people on Earth. Islam was second, with 1.6 billion adherents, or 23% of the global population. If current demographic trends continue, however, Islam will nearly catch up by the middle of the 21st century. Between 2010 and 2050, the world’s total population is expected to rise to 9.3 billion, a 35% increase, reports the Pew Forum on Religion.

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Faith-based Organizations and Japan’s Earthquake Disaster

Yuka Saionji, Deputy Chair, Byakko Shinko Kai and the Goi Peace FoundationThere are many roles religious organizations can play, but also there are many roles that only religious organizations and faith-based organizations can play during disasters, told Yuka Saionji during an address during World Interfaith Harmony Week at United Nations.

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Peaceful Mediation of Conflict through Interfaith Dialogue

alt=Differences, be they religious, ethnic, cultural, or even civilizational, will continue to be a fact of life. But these differences should by no means become a reason why we cannot live in harmony and peace, told Prof. M. Din Syamsuddin during World Interfaith Harmony Week at the United Nations General Assembly.

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