Coming Events 2016

Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Cairo’s Al-Azhar Mosque, Muhammad al-Tayyib, have met in a historic encounter at the Vatican. Read more  

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (P.C.I.D.), Vatican City, and the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies (R.I.I.F.S.), Amman, Jordan, held their fourth colloquium in Rome from Tuesday 3 to Wednesday 4 May 2016 on the theme "Shared values in social and political life: Christian and Muslim perspectives". Read the Final Declaration

Australian religious leaders have joined more than 250 religious leaders, 4970 individuals, and 176 religious groups from around the world in signing the Interfaith Climate Change Statement urging governments to ratify the landmark Paris Climate Change Agreement at their meeting on 22 April 2016 in New York. Read more

King Abdullah II of Jordan, a Muslim sovereign and direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad, in a highly symbolic act has agreed to fund the restoration of Christ’s tomb in Jerusalem. Read more

Father Jens Petzold has found a new way of dedicating himself to fostering positive interreligious relations through his work with refugees in Northern Iraq. Read more

Salah Farah, a Muslim teacher who died shielding Christians during a bus attack in Kenya, has been posthumously honoured for his act of courage. Read more

The  peak body representing Muslims in Australia has condemned the  Brussels terror attack and stands in solidarity with the people of Belgium. Read the statement

In Ismailia, Egypt, Muslims vote for  the construction of a Christian church. Read more

A Togolese priest who saved 1,500 Muslims from slaughter in the Central African Republic has been shortlisted for a new $1 million peace prize. Read more

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has announced the launch of a new national Catholic-Muslim dialogue group to combat the climate of fear surrounding Islam. It will encourage "crucial conversations" between Catholics and Muslims in the US. Read more

A meeting between Pope Francis and the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, has recalled the conclusion and implementation of the Iran Nuclear Agreement and highlighted the important role Iran is called to play along with other countries in the Region. Read more

More than 250 Muslim religious leaders, heads of state, and scholars, meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco,  have released a 750 word document calling for religious freedom for non-Muslims in majority-Muslim countries. Read more

The Pontifical Lateran University opens its doors to its first ever visiting professor, the director of the Institute of Shiite Studies in Qom. The result of an agreement that was signed in the sacred Persian city. Read more

A respected Hungarian religious leader has challenged those who claim Europe must refuse entry to Muslim refugees in order to defend its Christian character, stating that this stance is more about defending affluence, comfort and security than about defending Christianity. Read more

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Martha Ann Kirk and Patricia Madigan, Iraqi Women of Three Generations, San Antonio Texas Peace Centre and the Gϋlen Institute, 2014. Order here


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Trish Madigan, Women and Fundamentalism in Islam and Catholicism: negotiating modernity in a globalized world (Oxford: Peter Lang Publishers, 2011). Order here










Wed 4                     Short Course begins on the theme of Mercy offered by the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, Australian Catholic University. Time: 6.30-8pm, with refreshments from 6pm. Venue: Room C2.01, Edward Clancy Building ACU Strathfield Campus. Seating is limited (about 150), so an early registration is advisable. Cost $40. Register at or contact  9701 4170.

Speakers and Topics:

Wed 4 May "Mercy in Judaism", Dr Avril Alba (University of Sydney).

Wed 11 May " Mercy in Christianity", Dr Maeve Heaney, VDMF (ACU).

Wed 18 May "Mercy in Islam", Dr Mahsheed Ansari (Charles Sturt University).

Wed 25 May "Mercy in Religious Life", Sr Ann-Maree O'Beirne, rsm (ACU).

Mon 9              Sho'ah Memorial Service, Sydney The NSW Council of Christians and Jews invites you to a service commemorating the Holocaust in the crypt of St Mary’s Cathedral Sydney, 6 pm. Contact:

Tues 10                “Faith, Work and the Law” Dialogue featuring Margaret Cunneen SC Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor in NSW in conversation with Tony Farley Executive Director CCER at Polding Centre, 133 Liverpool Street, Sydney, 5 pm – 7 pm. The Faith at Work series is organised by Catholic Commission for Employment Relations. Register at  margaret-cunneen-tickets-21466988340

Sun 15                    Interfaith Ceremony for Peace and Understanding, Melbourne. Presented by Fo Guang Shan Melbourne and The Interfaith Centre of Melbourne, faith representatives will offer prayers for peace and understanding. 11 am to 11.45 am. Venue: Buddha Stage, Federation Square.

Thurs 26                  Prominent biblical scholar Professor Elizabeth Bloch-Smith,visiting from Philadelphia’s Saint Joseph’s University, will speak on “Acculturating Gender Roles:Female Images as Conveyors of Culture in Ancient Israel” at Mandelbaum House, The University of Sydney, 385 Abercrombie Street, Darlington. Entry is free. No booking necessary. Tea and coffee will be available from 4.00pm, and the talk will start at 4.30pm sharp. See flyer

Sat 28                  Interfaith Lunch: Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, Melbourne. Lajna Imaillah, the women's auxiliary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association of Victoria, invites women of all faiths for a meaningful dialogue on the Role of Women in Today's Society, 11am-2pm. Venue: Bait ul Salam AhmadiyyaCentre, 6 Leisureland Dve, Langwarrin. RSVP: by 20 May to Khola Usman0449 665 263.


Sun 5                 Abrahamic Seminar: The God of Mercy in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Speakers: Sr Michele Connelly,  Sheikh Wesam Charkawi, Rabbi Gary Robuck, Venue: Light of Christ Centre, end of Yardley Avenue, Waitara NSW,2-4 pm. Sponsored by Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay. Cost: free. RSVP: by Thurs 2 June or 9847 0448 / 4332 9825

Sun 12                Sacred Earth, Sacred Trust: A worldwide day of prayer and action for People and Planet. Pray, sing, meditate, hold a service, organise a community project or march.


Interfaith service and community gathering with Reverend Shalani McCray. Meeting Room 2, Cronulla Central Complex, 38-60 Croydon St, Cronulla. Plenty of parking in the adjoining carpark, 7.30pm. Fellowship with light supper follows 1st Tuesday of the month. Enquiries: or

An Interfaith Meditation Group meets on the 1st Sunday of each month from 5-6pm at the Ron Dyer Centre in the grounds of the North Sydney Catholic Church, corner of Miller and Ridge Sts. Contact Paul or Judi Taylor, ph. 9954 1037. See flyer

Interfaith gathering led by Reverend Brookes McTavish, 1st Sunday of each month, Chapel by the Sea, 95 Roscoe Street, Bondi Beach NSW 2065, 7 pm. Tel: 9130 3445. Enquiries: