Posts Tagged ‘Peace’

Pope: dialogue door with Islamic State always open Comments 0

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Pope Francis said while dialogue with the Islamic State may seem a long way off, he would never close the door. Admitting dialogue with the likes of the Islamic State may seem impossible, the Holy Father replied, “I never count anything as lost. Never. Never close the door. It’s difficult, you could say almost impossible, but the Read more

Retired Benedict XVI says relativism is lethal to faith Comments 0

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
Benedict XVI dialogue

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has warned against relativistic ideas of religious truth as being “lethal to faith”. The retired pontiff sent a written message of 1800 words to Rome’s Pontifical Urbanian University, where a lecture hall was recently dedicated to him. “The risen Lord instructed his apostles, and through them his disciples in all ages, Read more

Photographer’s focus on peace Comments 0

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Celebrities, gang members, homeless people and religious leaders have equal importance in artist Stuart Robertson’s global work Peace in 10,000 Hands. His vision is to create a lasting conversation about peace by photographing a white rose in the hands of 10,000 people from all over the world. The photographs will eventually become part of an Read more

Pope says Islamist militants in Iraq must be stopped Comments 1

Friday, August 22nd, 2014
Pope Francis gestures while aboard a flight

Pope Francis says the international community would be justified in stopping Islamist militants in Iraq, but no single nation should decide how to do this. On his plane flying back from Korea, the Pope had an hour long conversation with journalists. Francis was asked if he approved of US strikes against ISIS insurgents who have recently Read more

Auckland bishops call on Israel to return to pre-1967 borders Comments 1

Friday, August 15th, 2014
Ross Bay statement reszied

Auckland’s Catholic and Anglican bishops have called on Israel to return to its pre-1967 borders in accordance with United Nations’ requests. In a joint statement, Catholic Bishop Patrick Dunn and Anglican Bishop Ross Bay said such an act by Israel would be “a pre-requisite for dialogue to establish a lasting and just settlement in the Read more

Global day of prayer for peace organised for Transfiguration Comments 0

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
Sako peace resized

A Global Day of Prayer for Peace is being organised for August 6, the feast of the Transfiguration. The international pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need and Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Rafael Sako of Iraq appealed to all people of good will to join in. A statement from Aid to the Church in Read more

Mosque, synagogue and church planned under one roof in Berlin Comments 0

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

A common house of worship featuring a mosque, a synagogue and a Christian church is being planned for Berlin. Berlin Rabbi Tovia Ben Chorin, Imam Kadir Sanci and Pastor Gregor Hohberg hope their dream can become a reality. The trio hope Christians, Jews and Muslims will soon study and pray together. The city has already Read more

Churches share blame for war-mongering before World War I Comments 1

Friday, August 1st, 2014
WWI poppies

Germany’s Catholic bishops have acknowledged that churches share responsibility for “war-mongering” in the build up to the First World War. In a statement, the bishops said the Great War’s dimensions were “shocking”. The conflict from 1914 to 1918 left 16 million dead and 21 million wounded. The centenary of the outbreak of the war was Read more

Pope Benedict XV, WWI and the pursuit of peace Comments 0

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Pope Benedict XV was archbishop of Bologna, Italy, in June 1914 when the pistol shots of a Serbian nationalist in Sarajevo murdered Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, and echoed throughout the world. On Aug. 20, 1914, with World War I less than a month old, Pope Pius X died, and on Sept. Read more

NZ Jews, Christians, and Muslims leaders call for peace in Gaza Comments 0

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Jewish, Christian, and Muslim leaders in Wellington have issued a joint statement regarding the current conflict in Gaza and Israel. “We call upon all of the parties involved in the current conflict in Gaza and Israel to cease hostilities, and sit down at the negotiating table and do the hard work necessary to obtain a Read more