Pakistani clerics who led violent protests over blasphemy acquittal are charged with terrorism

Leaders of a hard-line Islamist group that staged violent protests across Pakistan after a Christian woman was acquitted of blasphemy will face charges of terrorism, according to the Pakistan Government.

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African-Australians keep the faith

Since its introduction to Ethiopia in the first century, Christianity has grown across Africa over 2,000 years creating immense and resilient communities of faith. The God Forbid panel examines African Christianity, and how African Australians are helping to grow their own congregations down under in an increasingly secular landscape.

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Vatican greets Sikhs on occasion of Gurupurab


The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue greets the world’s Sikhs on the occasion of birthday of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak. This day – called Gurupurab – is also celebrated as the birth anniversary of the ten gurus of Sikhism.

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US and Australia call on China to close secret Uighur re-education camps


Western countries including the United States and Australia have called on China to stop detaining Uighurs and other Muslims in secret political re-education camps, which activists say hold one million people.

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Religions for Peace Launches Historic Movement for Rainforest Protection

Rainforests sustain all life on the planet, provide 1.6 billion people with the necessities of life, store millions of tons of carbon, regulate the global climate, and create cooling air and rains that support life on Earth. They are home to indigenous peoples and forest communities that have served as their guardians for many generations. If protected and restored, rainforests can provide an indispensable contribution to sustainable development. Instead, they are at grave risk.

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Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi has death penalty conviction overturned

A Christian woman who spent eight years on death row in Pakistan on blasphemy charges has been acquitted — prompting street protests from Islamists furious at the verdict.

Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar cited the Quran in his ruling, writing: “Tolerance is the basic principle of Islam,” and noting the religion condemns injustice and oppression.

Ms Bibi, who has been held at a secret location for security reasons, is now expected to leave the country.

Her husband, Ashiq Masih, hailed the verdict: “I am very happy. My children are very happy. We are grateful to God. We are grateful to the judges for giving us justice. We knew that she is innocent.”

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Vatican synod calls for women leaders ‘at all levels’

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — A global summit of Catholic bishops on Saturday (Oct. 27) issued a powerful call for the inclusion of women in decision-making roles in the church “at all levels” and sought to welcome gay people and commit the church to a historic shift on fighting clergy sexual abuse.

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Victoria: JCMA Annual General Meeting, The JCMA Education Program

The JCMA will conduct is Annual General Meeting at 383 Albert Street, East Melbourne, on evening of Thursday, 15 November. The AGM will feature a presentation, ‘Developing Cultural Capabilities In Schools’ – The JCMA Education Program.

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Thousands to Convene for Toronto’s Interfaith Parliament

The 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions is being hosted by the city of Toronto from November 1st through November 7th, 2018 at The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) located at 222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3L9, Canada.

Canada – in its distinction as home of the world’s most diverse city, will showcase its unique values, achievements, and aspirations as the 7th host of the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

For its 2018 theme, the Parliament draws from movements of goodwill and cross-cultural respect that are embodied in the spirit of the interfaith movement:
The Promise of Inclusion, the Power of Love:Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation, and Change

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Declaration of the 6th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions

Eighty-two delegations from 46 countries representing the world’s religions gathered in Astana Oct. 10-11 for the Sixth Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions. Its objectives are to seek universal guidelines among world and traditional religions and to be a permanent platform for international interfaith dialogue.

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