Beyond War and Towards Reconciliation: Multi-Religious Peace Roundtables The Second Tokyo Peace Roundtable Statement

Rfp JapanWe, religious leaders, representatives of diverse faiths, bodies, and religious institutions (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism) from Colombia, Haiti, India, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Mali, Myanmar, Palestine, Peru, Russia, Spain, Türkiye, Ukraine, and the United States, coming from contexts of ongoing conflict and war, came together for the Second Tokyo Peace Roundtable, to build trust, heal divisions, and foster forgiveness and reconciliation for more peaceful, just, and inclusive societies.

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Asian Conference of Religions for Peace Urgent Appeal for COP 28

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The 28th Conference of the Parties (COP 28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is now taking place in Dubai, UAE, with leaders from 198 countries and regions discussing measures to address global warming. The main focus of the conference is to establish a concrete path toward the international goal of limiting the global average temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. This is because there is concern that if the 1.5°C threshold is exceeded, the devastating effects of climate change on humanity, the earth and its ecosystems will result.

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Petition to Pope to make St. Joseph Vaz a Patron Saint of Interreligious Relations

Petition to Pope to make St. Joseph Vaz a Patron SaintSt. Joseph (Naik) Vaz was canonized in 2015 by Pope Francis.  In 2021 Pope Francis was petitioned to make him Patron Saint of First Responders for washing the sores and nursing the abandoned victims of a smallpox epidemic in the Buddhist Kingdom of Kandy at the risk of getting infected himself.  This resonated with our humanitarian needs during the Covid crisis. Now, there is a new petition to Pope Francis to make St. Joseph (Naik) Vaz Patron Saint of Interreligious Relations.

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Vatican and Vietnam agree to open resident Holy See office in Hanoi

Vietnamese State President Vo Van Thuong and Pope FrancisThe Vietnamese government and the Vatican have reached an agreement on the status of a Holy See resident papal representative in Vietnam, marking a significant move in the bilateral ties, according to a joint statement between the two sides.

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Buddhism’s gender equality route is being impacted

Buddhism's gender equality

A new generation of monastic leaders is shaking things up in the enormous world of Buddhism. There has been a subtle wind of change blowing from the Kingdom of Bhutan to South Korea, representing a change in cultural norms and practises.

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PRAYERS and MEDITATIONS on Hiroshima Day

Hiroshima Day Prayers and Meditatons

Religions for Peace Asia in collaboration with Religions for Peace Australia invites all people of faith to join in prayers and meditations for the anniversary of Hiroshima Day. Participants and prayer leaders will come from Korea, Japan, Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia. This will be a Zoom event on Sunday 6th August 2023. Times are given below.

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Davao Statement of the Asian Conference of Religions for Peace

Asia Conference of Religions for Peace LogoFrom 23 May – 25 May, the Executive Council of the Asian Conference of Religions for Peace met in Davao, and engaged in the Mindanao Peace Forum. Delegates from nations in South East Asia and Oceania attended. The forum presented a concluding statement, Committing to Peace, Acting for Peace, Statement of the Asian Conference of Religions for Peace Executive Council during the 2023 EC Meeting in Davao and the Mindanao Peace Forum

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