Pope to Al Azhar: ‘Violence Is Negation of Every Authentic Religious Expression’

While speaking to an international conference on peace at Al-Azhar, the highest theological and religious institution of Sunni Islam in the world and the oldest Islamic University, alongside its Grand Imam, Pope Francis said this, noting: “Above all and especially in our day, the religions are called to respect this imperative, since, for all our need of the Absolute, it is essential that we reject any “absolutizing” that would justify violence.”

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Vatican: Pope’s Address to Australian Global Foundation

Pope Francis gave one address to an Australian foundation in Rome on Saturday 14 January. Pope Francis spoke to participants of the ‘Round Table’ of the Global Foundation in Rome. According to its website, launched in Melbourne, Australia, in 1998, the Global Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation, was born when some of Australia’s leading citizens wished to confront the challenges and opportunities presented by an emerging world. The global network brings together influential global figures focused on serving the longer-term public good and backed by private sector and philanthropic sponsors and a diverse membership base.

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Royal Commission: Address to Judicial College of Victoria

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, gave an address today to the Judicial College of Victoria on August 19th. The address is titled “Meeting and managing community expectations”, and is being given as part of the Judicial College of Victoria’s Historical Sexual Offences program.

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Pope’s address to the Vatican Police

vatpolMany readers would be aware that in Australia, some state police forces have multi-faith liaison groups made up of faith leaders and police command, which meet on a regular basis. We support the formation of similar multi-faith liaison groups with police command in all states. In this wise, we bring you the address of Pope Francis to the Vatican Detachment of the Roma Police Force.

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Peace, Faith and Solving Conflict: Cultural Infusion

ci_solvingconflict_20feb16Cultural Infusion in collaboration with United Religions Initiative are hosting an interfaith event, with the Executive Director of URI from the United States, and Professor Gary Bouma, UNESCO Asia Pacific Chair in inter religious affairs, in Collingwood, on Saturday 20th February. It is a free event to the public and includes refreshments.

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