Interfaith

"Interfaith Art Exhibit Encourages Dialogue, Reflection," a Commentary by Maria Wiering

May 19, 2009

Author: Maria Wiering

Source: The Catholic Spirit

http://thecatholicspirit.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1807&Itemid=50

It’s decidedly out-of-place. A bundle of twigs, tree trunks and roots, the 6-foot-tall natural material sculpture leans against a wall in the Basilica of St. Mary’s gallery space. Tree roots reach out in all directions, their delicate fibers starkly juxtaposed with the...

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Episcopal Diocese Rejects Buddhist Bishop

May 19, 2009

Author: Ann Rodgers

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=60,8188,0,0,1,0

Leaders of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh have unanimously voted against permitting a diocese in Michigan to consecrate a bishop who is also a practicing Zen Buddhist.

A spokesman for the diocese said the decision was not based on Bishop-elect Kevin Thew Forrester's Zen practices, but on changes he...

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Christian Women Face Unknown World In Pakistan

May 18, 2009

Author: Lys Anzia

Source: Women News Network

http://womennewsnetwork.net/2009/05/18/pcw812/

During the recent days of battle in the northwest region of the Swat Valley, minority groups are leaving as quickly as possible. Although the majority of religious minorities in the Swat Valley are ethnic Pushtuns, with Sunni religious beliefs, Christian minority women and their families are also part of the fleeing force of refugees.

As violence...

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Christians Join Pagans And Humanists to Open Woodland Burial Site

May 16, 2009

Author: Polly Manser

Source: Buckinghamshire Advertiser

http://beaconsfield.buckinghamshireadvertiser.co.uk/2009/05/christains-and-pagans-join-to.html

Leaders of 11 faiths travelled to Beaconsfield to dedicate the largest woodland burial park in the country yesterday.

Set in ancient woodlands off the A40, the £3.2 million Chilterns Woodland Burial Park at Potkiln Lane opened in October and so far...

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Catholics, Buddhists Unite to Serve Devotees During Vesak

May 14, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: UCA News

http://www.ucanews.com/2009/05/14/catholics-buddhists-unite-to-serve-devotees-during-vesak/

Religious harmony prevailed in a farming village in central Sri Lanka as Catholics and Buddhists joined hands to celebrate the Buddhist festival of Vesak (Vesakh).

Devotees of both faiths offered meals and refreshments at a dansala (alms-giving center) in Hammalawa village...

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Muslims Struggle to Erect Minarets Next to Steeples

May 14, 2009

Author: Elizabeth Bryant

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/rnstext/muslims_struggle_to_erect_minarets_next_to_steeples/

The dusty patch of weeds and litter may not look like much now, but the site nonetheless carries the hopes and a sense of sweet victory for Muslims in this hardscrabble Paris suburb.

The short story of the construction site is of a years-...

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School Will Not Have Prayer At Graduation

May 14, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Chillicothe Gazette

http://www.chillicothegazette.com/article/20090514/NEWS01/905140302/1002/rss01

Southeastern High School graduates will not have a clergyperson delivering an invocation and benediction at their ceremony.

Superintendent Brian Justice explained Wednesday he and the board are not anti-prayer, but are obliged to follow the law.

"We will not violate the laws...

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The Pope Joins In Multi-Faith Peace Song

May 14, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: ITN

http://itn.co.uk/3e70c9e40a5a6888d01a2d506623f4cb.html

Pope Benedict joined Muslims and Jews in singing a peace song during a trip to Nazareth.

At the end of a meeting involving representatives from different faiths, a rabbi announced he had composed a song using Arabic, Hebrew and English phrases about peace.

A Vatican spokesman said the Pope did not expect to be invited to sing the song but...

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In Iraq, An Exodus Of Christians

May 14, 2009

Author: Paul Schemm

Source: Connecticut Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.connpost.com/ci_12368251

Iraq has lost more than half the Christians who once called it home, mostly since the war began, and few who fled have plans to return, The Associated Press has learned.

Pope Benedict XVI called attention to their plight during a Mideast visit this week, urging the international community to ensure the survival of "the ancient...

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Pakistan's Religious Minorities Report Violence

May 13, 2009

Author: Kathy Gannon

Source: The Guardian

Wire Service: AP

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/feedarticle/8505630

Fauzia Abrar had finally gotten her crying baby to sleep when screaming men pounded on the steel doors of her home in the mostly Christian slum in the port city of Karachi.

Suddenly she heard shots, and the screaming grew louder: "Long live Taliban! Death to infidels!"

The men forced their...

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Interfaith Class Offers Awareness, Understanding

May 13, 2009

Author: Crystal Lindell

Source: Northwest Herald

http://www.nwherald.com/articles/2009/05/11/r_hm2ls8ocqom2oah7ez1pra/index.xml

The students at First Congregational Church of Crystal Lake started a recent evening with a Daoist meditation, then they discussed Christianity’s National Day of Prayer before learning that “Islam” roughly translates to peace, submission and security.

They are members of...

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Muslim BBC Religion Job 'Insult'

May 13, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/8047537.stm

The BBC's appointment of a Muslim as head of religion and ethics is insulting to Christians, an Ulster Unionist assembly member has said.

Retired Presbyterian minister Dr Robert Coulter said the appointment of Aaqil Ahmed was "a juvenile gimmick".

"According to the Church of England 70% of the UK are Christian, 3% are...

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Hindus Praise Pope's Espousal Of Interfaith Dialogue

May 13, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Indian Catholic

http://www.indiancatholic.in/news/storydetails.php/12104-1-1-Hindus-praise-Pope%E2%80%99s-espousal-of-interfaith-dialogue

Welcoming Pope Benedict’s reported affirmation of the importance of interreligious dialogue in the pursuit of peace in Jerusalem yesterday, Hindus have urged him to take the lead in organizing one.

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