Sources report that those following TED’s annual Conference were promised a surprise “world figure” who would deliver his 18-minute message on the conference theme, “The Future You,” alongside tennis and chess champions, including Serena Williams, and entrepreneurs. Yet, no one expected it to be Pope Francis. The theme of the Pope’s talk was The Future You.
On the 500 Hundredth Anniversary of the Reformation The Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission of Melbourne is cosponsoring an event with the Council of Christians and Jews on Sunday, 7th May 2017 at St Paul’s Lutheran Church, Box Hill.
Christians will be outnumbered by Muslims by 2035 as birth rates in Islamic countries outstrip those in the west, according to a new demographic analysis. In recent years, more babies were born to Christian mothers than to members of any other religion, reflecting Christianity’s continued status as the world’s largest religious group. But according to Washington-based think tank The Pew Research Centre, this is unlikely to be the case into the future.
The Archbishop of Westminster and four British imams will meet with Pope Francis next week in a long planned trip that the Cardinal says will help build interfaith relations following the Westminster terrorist attack which left five dead and around 50 injured.
(Vatican Radio) The logo for Pope Francis’ Apostolic Journey to Egypt, which takes place 28-29 April, has been released by the Egyptian Catholic Church.
During his speech at the National Press Club on 15 March 2017, Greens Leader Richard Di Natale invited Nada, an inspiring young Muslim woman, to tell the country her story in her own words – hear it for yourself:
NADA: LET’S BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER
“I don’t think there has been a single month where someone has not made an obvious point that they don’t think that I’m welcome in this country”
“Being born and brought up in Australia and for someone to come and point fingers at you to tell you to go back to where you came from – so for me that’s Essendon district hospital”
“In my personal experience, my right to exist as a Muslim woman in this country is questioned daily. I am a regular victim of casual and impersonal racism – on public transport, in the supermarket, walking down the street – and it hurts no less each time.”
The Interfaith Centre of Melbourne conducts interfaith services at the Toorak Uniting Church as a recurring event. The next interfaith service will take place on Sunday, 12 March at 3pm.
(New York, 21 February 2017) Religions for Peace (RfP) Co-Presidents, Honorary Presidents, and International Trustees were among the international leaders convened at the Vatican for the second meeting of Ethics in Action initiative on 2-3 February 2017.
Ethics in Action
Positive Peace and its Pillars
The world’s religions are based in peace, call for peace, promote peace. Religious leaders since the time of the prophets have been urging that we “beat swords into ploughshares.” “Blessed are the peacemakers,” declares Jesus in the Beatitudes. Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs, Indigenous and other religions’ believers understand-each in their own ways-that peace is the true “name” of their religion. Across the diverse religions, the injunction not to kill and to respect life is deeply shared. The obligation to advance peace is a foundational moral and spiritual imperative across different religious traditions. Accordingly, interpretations of religion that go against peace are self-contradictory.