Posts Tagged ‘Interfaith’

In toxic time, hope can be the solid ground we can stand on

Thursday, May 9th, 2024

Calls for hope in times like these can seem like toxic positivity — or like a slur. Urging hope seems to ignore charred bodies in a kibbutz and bombed refugee camps, to mock victims of hate crimes, to disregard the failed peace agreements and war machines that crisscross the sky. Countering rhetoric and policies At Read more

Buddhist-Christian scholars unite to champion compassion for healing

Monday, November 20th, 2023

Buddhist and Catholic scholars gathered in Bangkok for the seventh Buddhist-Christian Colloquium, fostering an alliance built on compassion to heal the world’s wounds. Emphasising the pivotal role of compassion in understanding and addressing global suffering, the scholars issued a joint statement affirming the urgency to mend humanity’s afflictions. The Vatican’s Dicastery orchestrated the event for Read more

Singaporean nun’s interfaith work honoured by Muslim charity

Monday, August 21st, 2023

Commitment to interfaith understanding and cooperation has resulted in Singaporean nun Sister Theresa Seow (pictured) being honoured with an Exemplary Interfaith Award. Jamiyah Singapore – the Muslim non-profit organisation behind the award – aims to “work and contribute towards the welfare and overall development of the Muslim community and mankind”, according to its website mission Read more

Queen’s Service Medal recipient’s faith in human connections

Monday, June 12th, 2023

There is comfort and hope in the way Dr Mary Eastham talks of human connections as an art form, a work of beauty that can build trust and understanding capable of overcoming any injustice. It is in the timbre of her voice and the conviction of her words. The 71-year-old, who has been bestowed a Read more

Archbishop of York’s visit strengthens unity with Rome

Thursday, May 25th, 2023
Anglican Archbishop of York

The Anglican Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, was in Rome this week. It is his first official visit to the Anglican Centre and the Holy See. Cottrell said he felt encouraged to have met people within the Roman Catholic Church leadership after meeting Pope Francis at the Anglican Centre on Monday. His audience with Francis Read more

King Charles meets Catholic delegation at Buckingham Palace

Thursday, March 16th, 2023

Well ahead of his May 6 coronation, King Charles met a Catholic delegation at Buckingham Palace last week. As king, Charles is the supreme governor of the Church of England. Speaking for the 12-member delegation, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster pledged his church’s allegiance to the new king. “For so many years, we have observed Read more

Muslims show support to Catholics grieving Notre-Dame

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

Muslims in France are standing with Catholics grieving Paris’s fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral. Their vision of an inter-religious gathering to show their support was realised in Paris last Saturday, when they joined with Catholics and Christians of other religions in song and prayer. The celebration of inter-faith togetherness was organised by Christian movement Efesia as Read more

Bishop celebrates special Diwali mass in Fiji

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

Fiji is one of the many countries around the globe that celebrated a special Diwali mass to pay respects to the Hindu festival of light. In his homily at the Diwali (also called Deepawali or Deepavali) mass, Archbishop Peter Loy Chong of Suva spoke of the one God. The Catholic Church believes and teaches the Read more

Christian communities in Saudi Arabia possible

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

New Christian communities are on the cards in Saudi Arabia. At present, all other religions besides Wahhabite Islam are prohibited. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has recently begun a series of social reforms. They have raised the hopes of Christian communities in the Middle East. The reforms have resulted in Saudi leaders meeting representatives Read more

Interfaith dialogue and women’s struggle for equality

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Interfaith dialogue shows many similarities between the three major Abrahamic faiths. Jews, Christians and Muslims share a common belief in one God, share common characters, like prophets, angels and Satan and similar codes of morality, social responsibility and accountability. They also exclude women from religious and spiritual leadership. Read more