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

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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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INTERVIEW: Rabbi David Rosen: Pope Francis Affirmed All Differences Are Subordinate to Our Common Humanity

Pope FrancisPope Francis affirmed all religious differences must be subordinate to our humanity… In an interview with ZENIT, Rabbi David Rosen expressed this, following his participation last week in the Abrahamic Faiths Initiative (AFI), and their meeting with the Holy Father last Thursday.

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Muslim scholar urges Christians to see past the prejudices

Auxiliary Bishop James Massa of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Dr. Tahir KukiqiHow can Christians and Muslims work together better here and abroad? First of all, we should try to cure Islamophobia and Christophobia in our own communities. By the latter, I mean Muslim prejudices against Christians, where the term “Christian” and “Crusader” are almost interchangeable, and “missionaries” are perceived as “spies” with evil intentions.

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China’s attack on the Uighurs and their Muslim faith

Chinese MuslimsIn the remote northwest province of Xinjiang, Chinese officials are enacting a cultural genocide with few parallels in modern history. It’s been described as the largest incarceration of an ethno-religious minority since the Holocaust. A Turkic-speaking Muslim people known as the Uighurs—along with Kazahks and other Turkic groups—are being subjected to mass detentions and their expression of Islamic faith is being crushed. Uighurs have been imprisoned for such deeds as wearing a headscarf or reciting a verse from the Qur’an in public.

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