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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Beijing's plans for Tibetan Buddhism condemned

INDIA-TIBET-CHINA-DALAI LAMA-BIRTHDAYChina deciding the Dalai Lama’s successor would be like Cuba’s Fidel Castro “selecting the next pope,” said the political leader of Tibet’s exiled government. Lobsang Sangay’s criticism follows insistence by the Chinese Communist Party that it alone will decide the reincarnation of the 80-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader.

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Pope Francis visits Rome's Synagogue

Pope Francis has made his first visit to a synagogue as pontiff, greeting Rome’s Jewish community in their house of worship in a show of interfaith friendship. Pope Francis joined a standing ovation when Holocaust survivors wearing striped scarves reminiscent of their camp uniforms were singled out for attention at the start of the ceremony.

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Stop making me apologise for the acts of extremists

Horrified by recent terrorist attacks in the name of religion, many Muslims living in the West are keen to explain that the bloodlust of ISIL does not represent either their values or the pulse of mainstream Islam. Despite the West’s many liberal democracies’ public stance against Islamophobia, it remains necessary to publicly state the remarkably obvious point that not all Muslims are alike, writes Dr Yassir Morsi of South Australia.

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Rumi: Still a Best Seller

The ecstatic poems of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, a Persian poet and Sufi master born 807 years ago in 1207, have sold millions of copies in recent years, making him the most popular poet in the US. Globally, his fans are legion.

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Mother Teresa to be a Saint

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta will be proclaimed a saint in 2016. On Thursday afternoon, Pope Francis authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate a decree regarding a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Teresa (nee Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu). The Pope’s approval for these decrees came during a private audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato SDB, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

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