Interfaith

Tough Love with Islam …ldquo; Church in Nigeria May be Model of Dialogue

March 20, 2007

Author: John L. Allen Jr.

Source: Catholic Online/National Catholic Reporter

http://www.catholic.org/international/international_story.php?id=23597

ABUJA, Nigeria (National Catholic Reporter) – On a sunny afternoon in early March, an unusual delegation arrived at Nigeria’s National Mosque in downtown Abuja. It was composed of Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Abuja, plus the Jesuit president of a local Catholic school and a...

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Celebrating Victoria's Cultural and Religious Diversity

March 19, 2007

Source: Media Newswire

http://media-newswire.com/release_1045923.html

Premier Steve Bracks today announced that today was the beginning of festivities as part of Celebrate our Cultural Diversity Week. Mr Bracks said over 200 events would be held across the state to highlight cultural, linguistic and religious diversity.

"Celebrate our Cultural Diversity Week, marks the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racism on March 21 and reaffirms our belief in...

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Hindu Named Pakistan's Acting Chief Justice

March 18, 2007

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.in/news/7598_1953614,000500020000.htm

Justice Rana Bhagwan Das, next in seniority to suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, will be sworn in as the acting Chief Justice of Pakistan as soon as he returns from India on March 22, law minister Wasi Zafar said on Saturday.

Justice Bhagwan Das — the only Hindu to have risen to the highest level of Pakistan's judiciary — is presently in...

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British Muslims Extend a Friendly Hand to Jews

March 18, 2007

Author: Jamie Doward

Source: The Observer

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,2036665,00.html

Britain's leading Muslim organisation will tomorrow signal a radical shift in its position when one of its senior members addresses a Jewish audience for the first time.

The decision by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) to attend a high-profile debate entitled 'Does more unite Muslims and Jews than divides them?' is being...

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Faith in Charity - Charity Regulator Launches Talks with Buddhist Charities in Birmingham

March 17, 2007

Source: Media Newswire

http://media-newswire.com/release_1045435.html

(Media-Newswire.com) - The bridges and barriers to running a faith-based charity will be at the heart of discussions between the Charity Commission and Buddhist charities at a launch event in Birmingham tomorrow. The seminar is the first of its kind with the Buddhist charity community and is part of a larger nationwide campaign run by the charity watchdog to develop its knowledge of the issues facing faith...

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"Will Pluralism Recover in Indonesia?" a Commentary by Franz Magnis-Suseno SJ

March 17, 2007

Author: Franz Magnis-Suseno

Source: The Jakarta Post

http://www.thejakartapost.com/Outlook/pol03b.asp

Indonesia arguably owes its existence to two crucial decisions. In both, a majority waived any claim to a special position in the new Indonesia for the sake of unity. In 1928, at the so-called "oath of the youth", the Javanese agreed that Malay, spoken by less than 5 percent of all Indonesians, and not their beautiful ancient Javanese, would become the...

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A Troubled Region Shows its Funny Face

March 16, 2007

Author: Matthew Kalman

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2007/03/16/MNG99OMHIR1.DTL

Palestinians and Israelis were confronted last week with a larger-than-life image -- of themselves.

Thirty-foot portraits of taxi drivers, teachers, religious leaders and others from each side of the conflict were pasted in pairs on walls and buildings around the country, including...

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Prayer Breakfast Gives Welcome to Other Faiths

March 15, 2007

Author: Jack Brammer

Source: Lexington Herald-Leader

http://www.kentucky.com/263/story/17483.html

FRANKFORT --Gov. Ernie Fletcher's annual prayer breakfast yesterday featured more than one voice of faith.

The breakfast came under criticism last year from various religious leaders and others for lacking non-Christian voices.

At yesterday's gathering, which attracted several hundred people at the Frankfort Convention Center, the program...

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"The Three Pillars of Philippine Counterterrorism Policy," a Commentary by Alberto G. Romulo

March 15, 2007

Author: Alberto G. Romulo

Source: Manila Times

http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2007/mar/15/yehey/opinion/20070315opi6.html

[Excerpts from the speech given by Dr. Romulo at the Conference on Counterterrorism Cooperation, Jakarta, Indonesia, March 5 and 6, 2007]

The Abu Sayyaf group ... became the main focus of Philippine counterterrorism policy.

This policy rests on three major pillars.

...

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Louisville Group Finds 'Glimmer of Hope' on Mideast Trip

March 15, 2007

Author: Peter Smith

Source: The Courier-Journal

http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070315/NEWS01/703150477

A Christian, a Jew and two Muslims went on a trip to the Holy Land.

"That sounds like a bad joke," one Israeli border guard told them.

But for the four Louisville men, the trip last month was a serious effort to meet with people on all sides of the Israeli-Palestinian...

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