Posts Tagged ‘Inter faith relations’

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
helpful neighbours

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

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

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

Diwali: A chance for Fiji to proudly celebrate its diversity Comments 0

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

In Fiji, where it is a public holiday (31 October), Diwali gives an opportunity for people of different faiths and communities to come together and live in a spirit of communal harmony. Diwali, a Hindu festival, which signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair, involves followers Read more

Muslims drop lawsuit to stop building of Marian shrine in Indonesia Comments 0

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Local Catholics are glad that a group of Muslims have decided to drop a lawsuit that sought to stop the building of a Marian shrine in Indonesia’s Yogyakarta province. In a surprise move, the 39 Islamic extremists who opposed the construction of a replica of the Lourdes grotto in the Yogyakarta province have withdrawn their Read more

Bishop-elect celebrates ordination with a inter-faith bike ride Comments 0

Friday, August 5th, 2016

“What a powerful picture… A soon-to-be bishop dressed in a biker suit among 200 other bikers stopping by three evangelical churches for a cup of water and a prayer offered by a pentecostal, an evangelical and a baptist pastor.” “This is a powerful message of unity by a wise and humble leader. Our prayers are Read more

Muslim schoolgirls in trouble for wearing headscarves Comments 0

Friday, June 17th, 2016

A Methodist school in Fiji last week reprimanded a group of Muslim students for wearing religious headscarves to school. The  Church’s secretary for education, Waisake Ravatu, said the students were disciplined for breaking the school dress code rules. He said the school principal asked students to remove their headscarves last week Wednesday. Ravatu said all religious Read more

Imam says proposed constitutional change may affect aid Comments 1

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

An imam in Samoa has questioned whether the proposed constitutional change to reinforce Samoa as a Christian country would mean it would no longer do business with non-Christian countries. Imam Mohammed Bin Yahya said there are a lot of non-Christian countries that give aid to Samoa. “Will they say no aid because you are not Christians, keep Read more

Greeting to the Jewish community for the coming festival of Hanukkah Comments 0

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

NZ Catholic Bishops Committee for Interfaith Relations have sent the following letter to Jewish community in New Zealand: Dear brothers and sisters in the Jewish community in Aotearoa New Zealand, On behalf of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Committee for Interfaith Relations, I send you warm greetings as you celebrate Hanukkah from 7 to 14 Read more