Coming Events 2017

A Catholic bishop has been sheltering 2,000 Muslims in his seminary keeping them safe from a Christian militia in the south-east of the Central African Republic. Read more

Pope Francis speaks of his personal “closeness” to Rohingya Muslim refugees and urges 'full rights' be given to the persecuted minority. Read more

More than 200 young people from diverse religions – Aboriginal, Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism – participated in this year's Youth Parliament of the World’s Religions (PoWR) in Sydney on August 20. Read more

Archbishop Ignazio Suharyo, President of the Indonesian bishops, and Sultan Hamengku Buwono X, governor of Yogyakarta, have together officially opened Asian Youth Day, an event organized by the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences in which young Muslims take part in the scheduled events and are even involved in the organizing committee. The event embodies “unity in diversity” which is the nation’s motto.  Read more

The Australian Football League Multicultural Festival held in Sydney was attended by more than 15,000 people from diverse communities. Read more

One hundred Muslim and Christian pilgrims in France have joined an interreligious prayer service to honour the memory of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus, a tradition common to both religions. Read more

British political journalist Mehdi Hasan, on a visit to Australia, has emphasised the need for solidarity through the promotion of multiculturalism and diversity if extremism is to be defeated once and for all. Read more

Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews and other people of faith are working together in Australia to call for stronger action on climate change.   Read more/watch the video

The Grand Imam of Al Azhar in Cairo, Ahmed Al Tayeb, has announced a new draft law to criminalize hate speech after an Egyptian preacher described Jews and Christians as “infidels” on television. Read more

Christian, Jewish and Muslim students from across the world are gathered for a three-week Interreligious Summer School at the World Council of Churches Bossey Ecumenical Institute in Switzerland. Read more

UK Muslims stand with other religions in condemning terrorism. Read more

Pope Francis has been meeting with participants in an assembly of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue to discuss the key contribution of women to interfaith relations. Read more

The Rahma Yeruham women’s group of the Interfaith Encounter Association continues to meet to share their life and their stories. IEA is an Israeli-based non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to foster dialogue between different religious groups within the Holy Land. Read more   

At the annual Jewish Christian Muslim Association’s Inspiring Women of Faith Women’s Conference  held in May 2017, a group of women from Judaism, Christianity and Islam got to learn about each other’s practices and encounter deeply held beliefs. Read more

Fighting Islam, a recent book by Australian academic and author Dr Susan Carland, is a compelling read shedding light and sharing stories on the lives of Muslim women, who are a diverse bunch fighting sexism from within and without. They are as committed to The fight as they are to their faith. Read more

In Bethlehem Muslim and Christian teachers work together to provide education for children with disabilities. Read more

Pope Francis has described his April 28-29 trip to Egypt as intended as a "sign of peace" and a way of promoting a vision of "healthy secularism" for the entire Middle East region. Read more

The Vatican has called on Catholics and Buddhists to work together to teach wider society the value of a nonviolent lifestyle, in a letter which celebrates the upcoming Buddhist holiday of Vesakh. Read more

The goal of the World Conference on Peace organized by Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb of Al Azhar is “to eliminate the causes of conflict, violence and hate.” Pope Francis will be a featured speaker at the 27-28 April event. Read more

Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyib, the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, has acknowledged that interreligious dialogue is not itself enough to counter the spread of terrorism, if not accompanied by comprehensive policies based on the principle of justice, and the will to put exploitation of the poorest to an end. Read more

Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako of Iraq, Primate of the Chaldean Catholic Church, says that the international community needs most of all to support the reconstruction of the country on a citizenship basis, and to recognize pluralism and diversity as an opportunity. Read more

The recently published Australian Government’s statement “Multicultural Australia: United, Strong, Successful renews and reaffirms the Government’s commitment to a multicultural Australia, in which racism and discrimination have no place. Read the statement

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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











Sunday 3 September                   Professor Richard Cohen presents "A Visual Perspective on Modern Jewish History". With major fields of interest in Jewish social and cultural history in the modern period with special attention to visual culture, Professor Cohen is based at the Center for the Study of Cultures of Place in the Modern Jewish World at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  His visit to Australia has been sponsored by the Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund. Time: 7.30 pm. Venue: Mandelbaum House, 385 Abercrombie Street. Darlington NSW 2008. T: 9692 5200, E:<,

Saturday 9 September   Christian-Muslim Relations in the Twenty-First Century: Public Lecture by Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, the former President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. Archbishop Fitzgerald is retired Apostolic Nuncio to the Arab Republic of Egypt and Delegate to the League of Arab States, currently living in Jerusalem. An Islamic response from Associate Professor Salih Yucel, Fethullah Gulen Chair in the Study of Islam and Muslim-Catholic Relations at Australian Catholic University, will be followed by an audience Q&A. Presented by Columban Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations. Venue: Gleeson Auditorium, ACU Strathfield. Time: 7-9.30 pm. Cost: $20. Enquiries to Jane Favotto, tel 0428 802 004. Register at

Tuesday 12 September  Finding Spirituality in our Troubled World: Christian and Muslim Perspectives, Archbishop Michael L. Fitzgerald and Assoc. Prof. Salih Yucel in Conversation with Dr Zuleyha Keskin. Jointly hosted by Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission, Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne (03 9926 5708 and Australian Intercultural Society (03 9867 2248 Venue:  Knox Lecture Theatre, Cardinal Knox Centre, 383 Albert Street, East Melbourne. 6:30 for 7 pm – 8:30 pm Entry through the carpark on Lansdowne Street. Light refreshments with coffee and tea will be offered. FREE


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: