Sharing a Common Humanity: Sixth Buddhist-Christian Colloquium

The 6th Buddhist-Christian Colloquium met recently in Taiwan. The circumstances of common everyday life was examined; on the basis of their respective religious convictions the participants decided they need to bring new hope to a shattered world by speaking of the love of Jesus and the compassion of the Buddha. This is done on the basis of a shared humanity.

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Vatican: Catholic, Muslim Scholars Cite Hope

Participants in the November 8, 2017, 4th Catholic-Muslim Forum “noted with satisfaction significant convergences between their respective traditions,” according to the statement released November 10, 2017, following the conference. “Such convergences constitute a motive of hope not only for Christians and Muslims but for all, favouring a meaningful collaboration for the promotion of integral human development.”

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Bonn: Spiritual Leaders Deliver Interfaith Climate Declaration



(Bonn, November 10, 2017) Scores of religious leaders and people of diverse faiths and spiritualities on bicycles, some wearing traditional religious clothing, delivered a multi-faith statement to the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP23), pledging to adopt sustainable behaviours themselves and calling on their followers and world leaders to do the same. The delivery also marked the launch of a new international, multi-faith sustainable lifestyles initiative.

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South Australia: Faith-based approach to tackling domestic violence recommended at Adelaide symposium

Religious scholars and community bodies have called for faith to play a greater role in confronting the problem of domestic violence, saying religion is sometimes unfairly stigmatised as the underlying problem. Multi-faith leaders from around Australia are gathering in Adelaide to discuss an action plan with faith-based recommendations to support families experiencing violence at home.

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Water, Climate: Pope Asks Global Approach

VATICAN CITY, OCTOBER 24, 2017 (Zenit.org).- In face of climate change, Pope Francis asks for timely and effective answers, in his message to an International Summit in Rome on the subject, as reported in Italian by Vatican Radio on October 23, 2017.

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Pope addresses “Religions for Peace”‎ delegation

(Vatican Radio) “Religions, with their spiritual and moral resources, have a specific and ‎unique role to play in building ‎peace,” Pope Francis said on Wednesday. “They cannot be neutral, much less ‎ambiguous, where peace is concerned,” he ‎told a delegation of 80 members of “Religions for Peace”, who met him in the Vatican.

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Baha’i Celebrations

Spiritual celebrations are now coming to a peak across Australia as thousands of families, individuals and communities mark a special anniversary. From Tasmania to Thursday Island, from Sydney to Broome, members of the Australian Baha’i community are holding festivities to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah (1817-1892), the Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith. Religions for Peace Australia extends greetings all Baha’i followers on the occasion of this anniversary.

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