Father Jacques Mourad, priest held hostage by Islamic State, reflects on what he learned

Father Jacques Mourad. Photo: Grégoire de Fombelle/WCC

Father Jacques Mourad is a monk and priest of the community of Mar Moussa in Syria. He is very active in Islamic-Christian dialogue and belongs to the diocese of Homs of the Syriac Catholic Church. In 2015, he was captured and held hostage by the Islamic State, before escaping with the help of Muslims.

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Church leaders call for accurate information as well as prayers to overcome coronavirus

Scanning for CoronavirusAs a mass quarantine continued in Wuhan and surrounding provinces in China, church leaders from around the world called for accurate information and education, as well as a sense of solidarity related to the coronavirus outbreak. The death toll in China has surpassed 908, and the number of confirmed cases is now more than 40,171. There are also more than 200 cases of infection outside China.

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Disease Is Inevitable. Compassion Is a Choice.

violet stained Buddha statueBuddham Sharanam Gacchami : I surrender to the Buddha. Amid the coronavirus outbreak, a Buddhist practitioner visiting China reflects on how panic spreads and what we can do to open our hearts again. For, disease Is inevitable. Compassion Is a choice.

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From smiling at strangers to feeding those in need: What different faiths say about kindness

Logo with multiple religions

From acts of charity to compassionate thoughts, kindness takes many forms in the lives of these believers. Here, ABC Life talks to believers from several different faiths about practicing kindness.

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Western Australia: 9th International conference Buddhism & Australia

9th International conference Buddhism & Australia
The International Conference for Buddhism & Australia invites submissions for the 9th International conference Buddhism & Australia that will be held on 6-8 February 2020 in Perth, Western Australia.

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Religions can be part of the solution for peace, not the problem, faith leaders say


VATICAN CITY (Religion News Service) — When John Lennon wrote his hit song “Imagine,” eliminating religions and the divisions they entail was in his view a necessary condition for “living life in peace.” A meeting of religious representatives in Rome this week made the case for shifting that paradigm.

The Abrahamic Faiths Initiative group united 25 religious leaders representing millions of Christian, Muslim and Jewish faithful to discuss practical ways of promoting peace and fraternity at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome Jan. 14-16.

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UAE religious official meets Pope Francis in Vatican

 promoting interfaith co-operationThe head of the UAE’s Fatwa Council met Pope Francis in the Vatican City on Wednesday. Imam Abdullah bin Bayyah, who is also president of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies, was in Rome for the Abrahamic Faiths Initiative forum this week.

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