Posts Tagged ‘Religious Tolerance’

Inclusivity means accepting everyone’s views – even Israel Folau’s Comments 0

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Something’s not quite right here. The 21st-century buzzwords are diversity and inclusivity, but they seem to be applied very selectively. It seems we’re in favour of diversity and inclusivity if we’re talking about race, colour, gender and sexual identity, the latter two of which keep spinning off into ever-new permutations. But puzzlingly, we’re only partially Read more

Conversion not your mission Pope tells Morocco Catholics Comments 0

Monday, April 1st, 2019

Pope Francis’s meetings in Morocco have underlined the importance of religious liberty and its connection to the dignity and rights owed to every person, regardless of their religion. On Saturday, the first day of a two-day trip, he told Morocco’s Catholic community they should avoid attempting to convert Muslims. Instead, he suggested they should seek Read more

Muslim and Catholic schools perform haka and waiata in tribute Comments 0

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

On the weekend, a Catholic school that lost one its old boys in the Christchurch mosque attack paid tribute by performing a haka and waiata. And on Wednesday At Al-Madinah School in Māngere, Auckland, a haka, prayer and waiata rang out at an assembly to remember those affected by the Christchurch mosque shootings. St Thomas of Read more

Black Cap who prays five time a day Comments 0

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Ajaz Patel, the 29-year-old India-born left-arm spinner, is believed to be the first Muslim to play for the Black Caps. He doesn’t see himself as a role model for young Muslims but said if he can inspire anyone to follow their dreams and stick to their beliefs then he would be proud of that. He says Read more

Muslims and Catholics helping each other out in Indonesia Comments 0

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

In a country where the news is often about incidents of religious intolerance, Muslims and Catholics have been coming to each other’s aid. Last Sunday over 3,500 people joined a charity run organized by Indonesia’s Jakarta Archdiocese to raise money to build churches in various parts of the country. Most were Catholics but Muslims also Read more

Muslim community want women-only swimming sessions Comments 0

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Permanent, women-only swimming sessions have been requested in a submission to the city’s council by members of the Islamic community keen to hit the water. It’s a way of embracing the New Zealand lifestyle while adhering to religious requirements that prevent men seeing their bodies, Esra Qatarneh said. Continue reading Related Posts:Muslim women’s forum in Read more

New Zealand tops Commonwealth religious freedom list Comments 0

Thursday, April 26th, 2018
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New Zealand has been named in new research as the Commonwealth member country where people enjoy the greatest religious freedom. The Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ) statistics were unveiled ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting which took place on April 19 and 20 in the United Kingdom. The figures show that the 53-state Read more

Turban-tying event to help Kiwis better understand Sikhism Comments 0

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

People from all backgrounds will get the chance to feel what it is like to wear a turban at a special event aimed at educating Kiwis about Sikhism. The Auckland Turban Day will be held at the Aotea Square on Saturday afternoon. Continue reading Related Posts:Scientologists offer free dumplings to attract…Story time at Library gives Read more

Deepawali enables people to cross boundaries of ethnicity and religion says Archbishop Comments 0

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

The spirit of Deepawali unites families, friends and neighbours, enabling people to cross boundaries of ethnicity and religion. says the Catholic Archbishop of Suva, Peter Loy Chong. He has sent a message of greeting to “all our Hindu brothers and sisters as you celebrate one of the most important and brightest celebrations, “Deepawali” or “festival Read more

Manawatū worshippers finding common ground despite their differences Comments 0

Monday, October 16th, 2017

A meeting of Manawatū women from different faiths provides a chance to talk about both their differences and similarities. A prayer mat is spread, a candle lit and the colourful robes of a bronze deity are smoothed. The door of an old church is opened. A moment of meditation is observed. Continue reading Related Posts:Diwali: A chance for Fiji to proudly celebrate Read more