Posts Tagged ‘Inter faith relations’

Strangers pray on the floor of the House Comments 0

Thursday, March 21st, 2019
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On Tuesday the speaker of New Zealand’s parliament, the right honourable Trevor Mallard, invited a multi-faith group into the House to join him as an imam led them in prayer. It was the first time Parliament had opened with a Muslim prayer, to the best knowledge of the Speaker’s Office. The interfaith group included representatives Read more

Neighbouring Muslim and Christian communities grieve together Comments 0

Monday, March 18th, 2019

On Sunday afternoon the Catholic bishop of Auckland, Patrick Dunn, led a service in Sacred Heart Church that was attended by a large number of men and women from the Al-Masjid Al-Jamie mosque. The church was packed to overflowing with many dozens more outside and across the road outside the mosque. The mosque and the church Read more

Our grief threatens to overwhelm our community Comments 0

Monday, March 18th, 2019
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Calling the city’s grief “raw and real,” New Zealand Bishop Paul Martin of Christchurch called on people to overcome hate with love after Friday’s attack on two mosques in the city left 50 people dead. “We are unable to express the confusion and pain we feel. “Our grief threatens to overwhelm our community at the Read more

Bishops’ Interfaith Committee call for renewed outreach Comments 0

Monday, March 18th, 2019

New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Interfaith Relations 18 March 2019 Dear brothers and sisters in Aotearoa New Zealand, It is with profound sadness that we grieve for the deaths and injury of Muslims in Christchurch through the violence of extremists. We grieve too for the loss of a sense of safety and peace for Read more

New interfaith booklet promotes peace and understanding Comments 0

Monday, December 10th, 2018

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Interfaith Relations (NZCBCIR) has released a revised booklet promoting Interfaith Relations in Aotearoa New Zealand – Te Whakatairanga i te Nohotahitanga o ngā Whakapono i Aotearoa. The booklet provides practical guidance and encouragement for people to welcome and nurture relationships with those of other faiths. Chair of the Read more

President Widodo meets with Catholic bishops Comments 0

Thursday, August 30th, 2018
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President Joko Widodo paid a visit to the headquarters of the Bishop’s Conference of Indonesia (KWI) in Jakarta on August 24. Widodo was welcomed by KWI president Archbishop Ignatius Suharyo of Jakarta, secretary-general Bishop Antonius Subianto Bunjamin of Bandung and 8 other bishops. “In the meeting, I talked about issues related to the Pancasila [the Read more

Indigenous Global Ecumenical Gathering meets in New Zealand Comments 0

Monday, July 30th, 2018

The Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia and the Anglican Missions Board in Rotorua are hosting the World Council of Churches (WCC) for its 2018 Indigenous Global Ecumenical Gathering (IGEG) and youth pre-meeting. Read more Related Posts:New Anglican primate for Maori church in Aotearoa,…Big crowd to welcome new Archbishop of AotearoaPope to join Read more

Mosque and church are helpful neighbours Comments 0

Thursday, October 12th, 2017
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In Jakarta, a modern 9000 square metre mosque and a colonial-era Christian church sit across the road from each other. Despite their different faiths, the two houses of worship are friendly, helpful neighbours — and an example of pluralism in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation at a time of heightened fears over religious intolerance. Read more

Jesuit priest graduates from Islamic University Comments 0

Thursday, August 17th, 2017
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A Jesuit priest, has gained a doctorate from the State Islamic University Syarif Hidayatullah in Jakarta. Gregorius Soetomo graduated cum laude on May 24. One of his dissertation supervisors and examiners was prominent Islamic scholar Azyumardi Azra. He became the first Jesuit priest to earn a doctorate in Islamology from the prestigious Islamic university. “I use Read more

Indonesia: Catholic educators draft guidelines to counter extremism Comments 0

Monday, July 17th, 2017
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Catholic education experts in Indonesia are drafting what they say are new school guidelines to counter growing intolerance and radicalism in classrooms. Father Vinsensius Darmin Mbula, chairman of the National Council of Catholic Education says diversity, pluralism and tolerance need to be taught to children in the family and in school. He said advice would Read more