Making Room for Others

November 22, 2006

Author: Joe Sinasac

Source: The Catholic Register/Catholic Online

A recent poll suggests that Canadians still embrace multiculturalism and religious diversity. At the same time, the survey shows that at some point newcomers must find ways to accommodate themselves to this country’s deepest principles.

This should not be a surprise. Canada is a country of immigrants, right from...

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Boston Imams and Son Released On Bail

November 21, 2006

Source: Muslim American Society Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Nov. 21, 2006 (MASNET) Imam Abdul Hannan, Imam Masood, and Hassan Masood were released on bail today after an immigration bail hearing. Bail was set at $7500 each for the two Imams and $2500 for Imam Masood's son, Hassan Masood.

Hundreds of interfaith supporters from all walks of life flooded the JFK plaza for a post-bail release press conference. The press...

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Muslim Network to Facilitate Continuation of International Interfaith Peace Forum

November 21, 2006

Source: Indian Catholic

The recent Third Assembly of the Asian Muslim Action Network (AMAN) was devoted mostly to the first International Interfaith Peace Forum, an initiative the network is committed to continue.

The first day of the Nov. 15-18 assembly, held at the Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University of Jakarta, was focused on matters related to AMAN, an organization founded in 1990. The rest of...

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Parents Halt School Mosque Trip

November 21, 2006

Source: BBC News

Parents have forced a school trip to a mosque to be abandoned because they did not want their children exposed to a religion that was not their own.

A class of 10-year-olds at Atwood Primary, Croydon, south London, were due to tour Croydon Mosque as part of their religious education lessons.

But a number of parents withdrew their support saying their children were too young to learn...

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A matter of assimilation and integration

November 20, 2006

Author: Sunny Hundal

Source: The Guardian

Thirty years to the month after the Race Relations Act of 1976 was passed, it is time we rethink our approach to race and faith relations in Britain. The national debate has become so poisonous that space for a saner dialogue is needed. We are told that our society is becoming more and more segregated, and that riots are more imminent with every controversy....

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Unity Crosses Cultures in Thanksgiving

November 20, 2006

Author: Kory Dodd


GREENSBORO - Thanksgiving for many is about rejoicing in an array of culinary delights.

On Sunday, participants in the 24th Ecumenical Celebration of Thanksgiving exalted a different kind of plenitude - that of various local cultures and religions....

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Indonesia Continues Religion ID

November 20, 2006

Source: Spero News/Asia News

Indonesia’s House of Representatives and government have agreed to continue listing one’s religion on identity cards. Members of different faiths have criticized the agreement as a violation of fundamental human rights and myopic political opportunism.

On 16 November, the House announced the deal in the context of wider parliamentary debate on a civil registry bill. Indicating...

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Reaching Out to Keep the Faith in Humanity

November 20, 2006


Source: The Herald

DURING his 30 years in the police, Chief Inspector Tom Harrigan liked the title of community relations officer - certainly more than race relations officer. After all, he says: "We're all one race."

As a young officer in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, he was called in by his superior one day and accused of being a "grey man". It spurred him on to raise...

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"Spirit of Assisi" Unites Young in Prayer

November 20, 2006

Source: Catholic News Service

Prayer for peace needs to be heard in synagogues, churches, mosques, pagodas and gurudwaras as well as in schools, workplaces, homes and "most importantly in our hearts", say young people who met for the 20th anniversary of the Day of Prayer for Peace in Assisi.

Zenit reports that about 45 young from 29 countries and belonging to Hindu, Taoist, Buddhist, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Zoroastrian, Sikh, Bahai,...

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Leader Warns Turks Ahead of Pope's Visit

November 19, 2006

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

The spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians cautioned Turks in an interview published Sunday against creating potential "unpleasant incidents" during Pope Benedict XVI's upcoming trip to Turkey.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I said in an interview published in the Sabah newspaper Sunday that the pope's Nov. 28 to Dec. 1 trip was a...

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Faiths to Reflect, Give Thanks Together

November 19, 2006

Author: David Crumm

Source: Detroit Free Press

In the midst of World War II, in the heart of a gritty Pennsylvania mining town, an Italian immigrant woman loved to practice her English as she scrubbed pots and pans.

Every night, her children listened for her voice to rise above the clatter in the cast-iron sink, filling every corner of the little...

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