Pope, World Council of Churches leaders share platform at ecumenical meeting

Pope Francis joined the general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the moderator of its Central Committee at an ecumenical meeting during his landmark 21 June visit to the WCC to celebrate its 70th anniversary at an ecumenical meeting in Geneva.

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ACT Government agrees to all recommendations from child sex abuse royal commission

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has praised the bravery of child sexual abuse survivors for sparking sweeping protections for children through the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The ACT Government has officially adopted 290 recommendations from the royal commission, including creating a criminal offence for not reporting allegations revealed during confession.

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South Australia: Church blindsided by move to scrap confession protection



The South Australian Catholic Church says it has been blindsided by news that clergy will have to report child abuse revealed to them in the confessional.

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Tasmania: June/July 2018

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Greetings of peace!

This month Religions for Peace Australia will be holding our AGM in Canberra on 25 June, from 9.15-10.30am and our national Annual Gathering in the same place from 11am-4.00pm. As part of the Gathering, Dr Brian Adams of the Griffith University Intercultural and Interfaith Centre will give a presentation on the Interfaith Forums he organised at the G20 and Commonwealth Games. We are hoping to be able to hold a hub in Hobart to join in the meeting by Zoom

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21 June: International Day of Yoga

Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.

Today it is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity.

Recognizing its universal appeal, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga

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Shalom Shabbat: the Divine Presence in the World

Recently, I spent Shabbat at Kibbutz Tzuba which is nestled in the Judean Hills. Tzuba is also the home of URJ Heller High, where Reform Jewish students live and study during a semester in Israel. Tzuba is a remarkably beautiful place that exudes the spirit of the classic kibbutz experience.

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National Apology for Child Sexual Abuse Announced


The Prime Minister of Australia will deliver a national apology to victims of institutional child sex abuse on October 22nd, which marks the commencement of National Child Week. The Prime Minister says the government has accepted 104 of the 122 recommendations from the child sex abuse royal commission.

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Religions for Peace Leaders Gather in Greece for International Ecological Symposium

From 5-8 June, theologians, scientists, political and business leaders, as well as activists and journalists from around the world are convening in Greece for an international ecological symposium sponsored by the Ecumenical Patriarchate entitled “TOWARD A GREENER ATTICA: Preserving the Planet and Protecting its People.”

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Indonesia: Expert Predicts ‘Terrorism Will Strengthen Moderate Islam’

Fr. Franz Magnis-Suseno, a Jesuit of German origin who now has Indonesian nationality has lived in Indonesia for 45 years. A scholar of Islam, he recently spoke with Aid to the Church in Need, the international papal charity, in the wake of the May 13, 2018 deadly church bombings in the city of Surabaya.

‘For us Christians, the task is clear: we have to build up trusting, positive relations with mainstream Indonesian Islam—which, incidentally, is something Muslims greatly appreciate’

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