Fraternity, a Way to Build the Future: A conference one year after Fratelli Tutti

Culture of Encounter: The Future of Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue


On November 8 and 9, 2021, the conference The Culture of Encounter: The Future of Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue was held at the headquarters of La Civiltà Cattolica, co-organized by Georgetown University, Washington D.C.[1] It was the most recent in a series of collaborations between the two distinguished Jesuit Institutions, which began two years ago and continues to bear fruit. Among these is the “China forum for Civilizational Dialogue.”[2] Pope Francis sent the following letter for the occasion. Here follows, as documentation of the event, an article that appeared in “L’Osservatore Romano”, on November 9, 2021, by Roberto Cetera.

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Pillars of Light, a multicultural celebration of Chanukah

Pillars of Light, a multicultural celebration of Chanukah


Pillars of Light, a multicultural celebration of Chanukah, will light up Fed Square in a show of unity and hope as our city reopens. Pillars of Light will take place at Federation Square, Melbourne, from 28 November to 5 December, 2021. This is a free event, and is also available online.

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Documentary chronicles historic religious fraternity in United Arab Emirates

Pope Francis shakes hands with Sheik Ahmad el-TayebRome — Pope Francis’ landmark 2019 document on “Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together” is widely considered a major advancement in the Catholic Church’s relationship with the Muslim world. The document, which was signed in Abu Dhabi when Francis became the first pope to visit the Arabian Peninsula, calls for a “culture of mutual respect” — and has been heralded by Islamic, Jewish and Christian leaders around the globe.

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In focus: 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

In focus: 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence24 November every year is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The United Nations is marking the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence from 25 November to 10 December 2021, under the global theme set by the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE campaign: “Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now!”

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Peacebuilding Perspective: Conversation Series with Helen Bishop

University of MelbourneThe Initiative for Peacebuilding is delivering the Peacebuilding Perspectives Conversation Series with Helen Bishop. Helen has been invited by the Initiative for Peacebuilding to share her thoughts and experience in conversations about how we can envision peacebuilding in Australia in ways that include how we can collectively approach deep cultural and structural forms of violence. Commencing Monday 29 November, this series will run on three Mondays to 13 December, 1.30pm-3.00pm AEDT.

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Much Ado About Religion

Much Ado About ReligionThe ABC’s Soul Search has produced a program Much Ado About Religion. Shakespeare’s world was marked by social change, spiritual tumult and cosmic disorientation. We explore the religious landscape of Elizabethan-era England, and how the Bard grappled with emerging ideas about self, the supernatural, and humanity’s place in the cosmos.

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Prejudice Motivated Crime

Prejudice Motivated Crime Victoria Police has launched new resources to help diverse Victorians understand how to report prejudice motivated crime. Prejudice motivated crime is any crime motivated by prejudice or hatred towards a person or a group because of a characteristic such as race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.

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What works to address violence against women and family violence within faith settings: An evidence guide

What works to address violence against women and family violence within faith settings: An evidence guideThis guide is based on participatory consultations with faith groups and an in-depth review of international and Australian literature undertaken in 2018-2019, which explored the causes and reinforcing factors of family violence and violence against women in faith settings as well as what works to address these factors. The review also included an analysis of promising or emerging practices both locally and abroad that may effectively prevent and respond to family violence and violence against women in faith settings.

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Launch of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform

Laudato Si’ Action PlatformOn November 14, the Laudato Si’ Action Platform was officially launched by the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, and their site is now open for enrolment. This much anticipated global project will help Catholic communities create environmental action plans and track their progress to help move our world in the direction of the Laudato Si’ goals.

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Contemplative Studies Centre Town Hall

Contemplative Studies Centre Town Hall
The Contemplative Studies Centre of the University of Melbourne will hold an online town hall event to share their forthcoming program and developments. The Centre invites all University of Melbourne staff and students, community groups, organisations and interest groups to attend. This event is open to the public on Wednesday 24 November 2021 from 2pm. This is an online event.

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Cairns bishop condemns ‘ignorant, divisive’ parishioners peddling anti-vaccine myths

Cairns bishop condemns 'ignorant, divisive' parishioners peddling anti-vaccine mythsBishop James Foley of Cairns says Catholic parishioners in Cairns are spreading vaccine misinformation based on “erroneous ideas”. The Cairns Local Government Area has recently surpassed the 70 per cent full vaccination rate. Bishop Foley says rumours that unvaccinated parishioners are not welcome at church are unfounded.

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Melbourne: Pillars of Light

Pillars of LightPillars of Light, a multicultural celebration of Chanukah, will light up Meobourne’s Federation Square in a show of unity and hope as our city reopens. The festival of Chanukah runs from From Sunday 28 November to Sunday 5 December, and there will be festive events each evening along with lighting of the Menorah candle (large).

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