Interfaith

Vatican Wishes Hindus Well for Diwali Festival

November 5, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: EarthTimes

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/136619.html

The Vatican Monday urged religious tolerance in a greeting for the Hindu festival of Diwali which many of the estimated one billion followers of the world's oldest religion will celebrate on November 9. The message titled "Christians and Hindus: Determined to Walk the Path of Dialogue", was signed by the head of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious...

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2,000-Year-Old Christian Community in Iraq Gains a Spiritual First in Baghdad

November 4, 2007

Author: ALISSA J. RUBIN

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/05/world/middleeast/05cardinal.html

There is neither a cross nor a sign on the heavy metal gate to indicate that this is the official residence of one of the country’s most prominent Christians, the first in Iraq in modern times to be elevated to cardinal by the Roman Catholic Church.

The simple structure, in a dilapidated neighborhood of...

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Health Trumps Faith Differences at Muslim Clinic

November 3, 2007

Author: Rebecca Trounson

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-beliefs3nov03,1,2174242.story?track=rss

It grew out of the 1992 riots, a vision by a small group of Muslim medical students to bring charitable, high-quality healthcare to the needy residents of South Los Angeles.

Eleven years later, the UMMA clinic on Florence Avenue has served nearly 20,000 patients, the great majority of...

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Examining Beliefs that Lead to Religious Extremism

November 3, 2007

Author: K. Connie Kang

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.statesman.com/life/content/life/stories/faith/11/03/1103beliefs.html

LOS ANGELES — Speaking with mutual respect and sensitivity, prominent Christian, Jewish and Muslim scholars and clergy from across the country met in Los Angeles last month to "wrestle" with what one rabbi described as the "dark side" of the three faith traditions.

Experts cited...

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A View to Transcend Religious Borders

November 2, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Australian

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,22687268-16947,00.html

KHALID Khreis is an optimist. Sort of. The Jordanian artist and museum director is confidently talking up the power of art to transcend borders, promote understanding between cultures and allow potential enemies to see each other as dignified fellow humans worthy of respect, even admiration. Is he optimistic, then...

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Two Men of Faith Share a Dialogue: The Jewish Side

November 2, 2007

Author: HELEN T. GRAY

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/255/story/344000.html

In 2002 Daniel Pearl, a Wall Street Journal reporter, was kidnapped and killed by terrorists in Pakistan. In memory and honor of his son, Judea Pearl, a professor at the University of California-Los Angeles, started a dialogue on reconciliation with an Islamic scholar, Akbar Ahmed.

The dialogue has continued for four years in 15-20 settings,...

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Exhibition Honors Muslims who Saved Jews from Nazi Persecution

November 1, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Haaertz

Wire Service: AP

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/919523.html

A photography exhibition at Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial this week recognizes the little-known role played by European Muslims in helping Jews during World War II.

The exhibition at Israel's official Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem honors Albanians who sheltered Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi persecution. Albania...

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University Offers a Wealth of Religious Accommodations

November 1, 2007

Author: Paolo Esquivel

Source: Daily Princetonian

http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/archives/2007/10/24/news/19131.shtml

Last fall, Manav Lalwani '09, a devout Hindu, was shocked to find pamphlets criticizing Hinduism and other faiths in a University dining hall. While it was quickly established that the offensive material came from a source unaffiliated with the University, Lalwani said he was nonetheless concerned that people from...

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Religious Leaders to Sign Historic Document for Animal Protection

November 1, 2007

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.religionnews.com/press02/PR102907.html

Religious leaders from many diverse faith traditions will carry a single message to Washington, D.C., on Nov. 7: Be kind to animals.

Leaders of Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish, and other faith traditions will gather in the Cannon Caucus Room in the nation’s capital to sign a historic “Proclamation for Animal Compassion.” The document represents an...

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Metro Area Armenians Welcome their Pontiff

November 1, 2007

Author: Gregg Krupa

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071101/LIFESTYLE04/711010368/1041/LIFESTYLE04

SOUTHFIELD -- Elizabeth Aprahamian, 5 years old and precious in a folkloric costume of her family's homeland, stood in the vestibule of St. John Armenian Church on Wednesday night waiting for the arrival of Karekin II, the pontiff of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox...

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Jews and Muslims at Yale Start Blog

October 30, 2007

Author: Madeline Johnson

Source: Yale Daily News

http://www.yaledailynews.com/articles/view/22114

Yale students with opinions about the relationship between Jews and Muslims now have an online forum in which to air their thoughts.

On Sunday night, Jews and Muslims at Yale (JAM) launched a new blog called “Jews, Muslims and Dialogue” that members said they hope will be a vehicle for discussion about issues ranging from the concept...

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