Syria: “Our World Needs a Revolution Against Violence”

asyriaFather Jacques Mourad was prior of the Mar Elian monastery, a pilgrimage centre near the city of al-Qaryatayn that was briefly occupied by ISIS, which destroyed the monastery and kidnapped the monk in November 2015. He was held for five months, before he managed to escape. Now based in Europe, he spoke Oct. 17, 2016, with international Catholic charity Aid to the Church about the situation in Syria.

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Buddhist Life Stories of Australia

lifestoryBuddhism is Australia’s second largest religion, and has a long history dating back to at least the 1850s Gold Rush period, yet the life stories of prominent Buddhists in Australia have remained largely undocumented until now. Buddhist leaders and community members in Australia felt there was an urgent need to record these stories and to preserve them for future generations.

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Tasmania: October 2016

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TThe Religions for Peace Tasmania Branch gathering for October will be held on Sunday 9 October 2016 from 3.00-4.30pm at the UTAS Multifaith Centre, TUU Building, Churchill Ave, Sandy Bay. It is entitled ‘Promoting Equality and Respect: an interfaith collaboration on preventing family violence‘. An introductory presentation to the project will be given by Jill Shanti, who was a member of the Interfaith Working Group of the resource produced by the Greater Dandenong Interfaith Network.

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Victoria: PathWays Annual General Meeting

pathwaysPathWays for Diversity Education works for educational purposes in order to promote mutual respect and social cohesion across the diversity of belief in Australian society, including both faith and freethought worldviews. This educational work is carried out in two main settings, first in the training of young adult presenters, second among senior high school students, usually Year 10. Pathways invites you to their first Annual General Meeting with Guest Speaker Helen Kapalos, new chair of the Victorian Multicultural Commission.

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Introducing a temporary visa for parents


The Australian public is invited to provide their views on the development of a new visa for parents of Australians. The ​Australian Government is seeking community input to help shape the development of the visa. More >>

A discussion paper about developing the new visa titled Introducing a temporary visa for parents: Discussion paper (September 2016) is available here >>

Written submissions in response to the discussion ​paper are open to the general public. If you would like to make a written submission on the development of a temporary stay parent visa, or on issues raised in this discussion paper, send an email to ​​ All submissions should be received by midnight, Monday 31 October 2016 (AEDT).