McDonalds, KFC, fast-food Hallal

McDonalds, Sydney

HALAL food is now sold at a dozen McDonald’s restaurants and bacon is off the menu at some KFC outlets to accommodate the religious sensitivities of Australia’s growing Muslim population.

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Freedom of Expression v. Respect for the Sacred

Lecture Theatre, JCU

In a time of globalization and the new social media, there are many challenges to the freedom of expression, including when and particularly when the sacred is involved. This conference, held at the John Carroll University in Cleveland, was designed to foster dialogue and create understanding on an important issue in today’s world.

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Syria establishes Religions for Peace

Religions for Peace Meeting Syria

A wide range of Syrian religious leaders convened in Istanbul to advance multi-religious cooperation for peace in Syria during a meeting, Syria for all Syrians. They committed themselves to the establishment of a Syrian Religions for Peace Council (RfP—Syria).

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Pope Francis and U.N. Secretary Ki Moon Meet

UN Ban Moon with Pope Francis

Vatican City – Recognizing the important role each other plays on the global stage, Pope Francis and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met Tuesday at the Vatican, discussing common efforts to promote peace and protect human dignity.

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Australia’s Religious Communities

Christian Research Australia has produced a record called Australia’s Religious Communities: Facts and Figures which examines the recent census and provides statistical information on 90 religious groups in Australia.

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The Golden Rule Poster


The Golden Rule Poster is now being distributed in an Australian version, which includes Aboriginal Spirituality among the 13 religions on the poster.

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Measuring Happiness and Well-Being


The UN Secretary-General has released a note on “Happiness: towards a holistic approach to development”. This report gathers the views of Member States and international organizations on the identification of indicators for the “pursuit of happiness and well-being.”

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Inter-faith dialogue to empower women

UN chief spotlights role of inter-faith dialogue to empower women

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon drew attention to the role of faith leaders in promoting female empowerment, noting that they can help address gender prejudices and support women’s participation in society at all levels.

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Faith is an essential foundation of life

UN Secretary General Moon

In delivering the 2013 UN Message to World Interfaith Harmony week, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said “For billions of people around the world, faith is an essential foundation of life.”

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World Interfaith Harmony Week Logo

World Interfaith Harmony Week is an annual event in the first week of February each year. For the 2013 celebration in Parliament House, Melbourne, Religions for Peace Australia was one of the sponsors.

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