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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

English Cardinal Nichols is due to travel to Rome with four imams next week for an audience with the Pope. Read more

Does Jesus have something important to say to today’s Muslims? The Islamic Jesus, a book by a believing Muslim, Mustafa Alyol, says yes but not in a way most readers might assume. Read more

A priest from Egypt's Catholic Church has praised local Muslims for helping embattled Christians after a series of Islamic State attacks in Sinai. Read more

Officials from Al-Azhar and the Vatican met on February 22-23 in Cairo to discuss ideas for combatting fanaticism, extremism and violence. Read more

American Muslims are raising money to repair a vandalized Jewish Cemetery in St Louis. Read more

Expressing solidarity with the Muslim community, United States Catholic bishops have expressed deep concern over religious freedom issues raised by President Trump’s Executive Order on refugees. Read more

The German Conference of Catholic Bishops has published a working document on the future of religious teaching in schools. It calls for deeper collaboration with the Protestant Church. Read more

Muslims and Christians in France continue to foster friendly relations in the aftermath of the murder of Fr Jacques Hamel in Normandy last July. 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

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May

Wed 10                        Visakha Puja - Buddha Day (Buddhist marking of the birth, enlightenment and death (attainment of Nirvana) of Lord Buddha).

Fri 12                          Lailat al Bara'ah (Islamic Night of Forgiveness. A night of prayer to Allah for forgiveness of the dead. Preparation for Ramadan)

Tues 23                       Declaration of the Bab (Baha'i recognition of the declaration in 1844 by Ali Muhammed that he is the anticipated "Coming One" of all religions).

Sat 27                          Ramadan begins

 

Continuing

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: manypathsonejourney@gmail.com or https://www.facebook.com/creatingpeace

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 palmy@ozemail.com.au, 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: interfaithnet@gmail.com

 

 

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