‘Christians and Muslims: promoting universal fraternity’

Pope FrancisOn the occasion of the month of Ramadan – which began this year on 5 May – and for the feast of ‘Id al-Fitr 1440 / H. / 2019 A.D., the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has sent to Muslims throughout the world a message of good wishes entitled “Christians and Muslims: promoting universal fraternity”.

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Religions for Peace Second Advisory Forum in Myanmar Focuses on Religion in Nation-building

Religion in Nation Building(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.

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Pope Francis orders bishops to report sex abuse, allows direct complaints to Vatican

Pope FrancisPope 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.

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Three men found guilty of terrorism for torching Shia mosque in the Melbourne suburb of Fawkner

Supreme Court, MelbourneA 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.

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Tasmania: May 2019

Tasmania LogoGreetings 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.

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Anglican Consultative Council passes environmental resolution

Anglican Consultative Council passes environmental resolution 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.

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NSW: Buddhist Studies May Seminar

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.

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NSW: Muslim leaders visit Parramatta Cathedral

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.

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NSW: Graduate Certificate in Humanistic Buddhism

Nam Toem InstituteNan 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.

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NSW: Friday Qi Gong & Movement

Buddhist Library‘Qi’ roughly translates to ‘Vital energies’ and ‘Gong’ to ‘Cultivation’ and is more simply described as a Chinese style of gentle yoga. Medical Qigong is one of the 5 types of Chinese medicine and is over 2000 years old. In this morning class, we will be learning a series of transformative healing movements to nourish your body, calm your mind and energise your spirit!

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Ramadan – The Islamic Month of Fasting

Ramadan is a month of fastingRamadan (sometimes spelled Ramadhan) is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, during which Muslims fast or do not eat or drink during the daytime. The date for the start of Ramadan is slightly different each year, depending on the position of the moon. Once Ramadan starts, Muslims should not eat or drink between dawn and sunset. This usually continues for thirty days, but sometimes twenty-nine days.

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Australian National Imams Council visits Sri Lanka Consul General

ANIC visits Sri Lanka Consul GeneralThe Australian National Imams Council (ANIC), The Grand Mufti of Australia and Muslim Community leaders visit to the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Sydney in support and standing in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka after the recent terrorist attacks last week that left over 250 dead and 500 injured.

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