Pope Francis appoints 66-year-old Spanish Bishop Miguel Ayuso Guixot as the new President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. This appointment fills the Presidential vacancy since the passing of Cardinal Tauran in 2018.
As part of the European Union-funded project “Southeast Asia: Advancing Inter-Religious Dialogue and Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB)”, The Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers is seeking peace action-orientated Interfaith Fellows to advance a growing body of interfaith peacebuilding work in South and Southeast Asia. The project is being implemented in consortium with Finn Church Aid, Sathirakoses Nagapradipa Foundation, World Faiths Development Dialogue, Islamic Relief Worldwide and World Conference of Religions for Peace.
Interfaith dialogue is a necessity in our age. In a world suffering from armed conflicts, diplomatic standoffs and trade wars, cooperative and constructive interaction between people of different religious traditions is fundamental to solidifying peace and stability, and stemming racism, xenophobia, radicalization, violent extremism and terrorism.
At a conference with the theme “Promoting Peace Together” held in Geneva on 21 May, religious leaders focused on two historic documents related to peace-making. The first, “Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together,” was jointly signed by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar in Abu Dhabi in February. The second, “Education for Peace in a Multi-Religious World: A Christian Perspective,” jointly prepared by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the World Council of Churches (WCC), was officially launched at the conference.
ecognizing that a number of churches around the country were working to address domestic and family violence in different ways, the National Council of Churches in Australia organised a roundtable on Domestic Violence in Melbourne on 2 May.
Ramadan, when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, is meant to be a month of simplicity and spirituality. But at mosques around the USA, garbage bags typically overflow with disposable cups, half-filled water bottles and half-eaten plates of rice and meat.
(8 May 2019 | Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar) As the increased level of armed conflict in Rakhine State endangers the prospect of peace and further stalls the return of refugees from across the border with repercussions for the nationwide peace process, Religions for Peace (RfP) convened the Second Advisory Forum on National Reconciliation and Peace in Myanmar. The Religions for Peace Advisory Forum brought together over 200 representatives of religious organizations, Myanmar government and the military, parliament, ethnic organisations, foreign governments, UN agencies, international and national NGOs and civil society groups in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar on 7-8 May 2019.
Pope Francis introduced sweeping changes in Catholic Church law on Thursday local time to hold bishops accountable for sexual abuse or covering it up, making reporting obligatory for clerics and allowing anyone to complain directly to the Vatican if needed.
A Melbourne jury has found three men guilty of terrorism charges over the torching of a Shia mosque in the Melbourne suburb of Fawkner in December 2016. The Supreme Court found Ahmed Mohamed, 26, Abdullah Chaarani, 28, and Hatim Moukhaiber, 30, guilty of the burning down of the Imam Ali Islamic Centre in December 2016, causing $1.5 million in damage.
Greetings of peace! The world has watched in horror over the last few weeks as, one after another, places of worship have been violated by terrorists during times of worship, two of them targeted on specially holy days. We have all mourned together and held each other in prayers and in light and supported each other with love and compassion, so that through the tragedies, closeness and understanding may be fostered. For our gathering this month we will join with Tom Teniswood and Byakko Shinko Kai in the Symphony of Peace Prayers.
The 17th Anglican Consultative Council, convened last week in Hong Kong, passed an environmental resolution recognizing that there is a global climate emergency and requesting that churches develop action plans and resources for sustainable living.
The Australasian Association for Buddhist Studies notifies that its next seminar will take place on the evening Thursday 9 May in the Rogers Room (N397), John Wooley Building (A20), University of Sydney. The topic will be Women’s Joy and Praise in the Lalitavistara.
Last night (2nd May 2019) the Melbourne Jewish Community joined those around the world commemorating Yom Hashoah – the highlight of the evening was a moving and powerful testimony given by survivor Vera Friedin.
In an expression of support for Christians after the bombing attacks on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka, the Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed and fellow Muslim leaders and representatives visited Bishop Vincent, Fr Chris and their congregation at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Parramatta on Tuesday, 30 April.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka’s Catholic cardinal received “foreign information” that attempts would be made this week to attack a church and another church institution, according to a letter he sent Thursday to church officials that later appeared on social media.
Nan Tien Institute (Unanderra 2526) is offering 10 scholarships for their pioneering Humanistic Buddhism Program worth over $5000 each. The scholarships cover tuition, accommodation (with conditions) as well as vegetarian meals.