Posts Tagged ‘Religious Tolerance’

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
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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

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

German Cardinal urges verbal disarmament after far-right election success Comments 0

Thursday, September 28th, 2017
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A far-right party’s success in Germany’s national elections on Sunday will need to be handled with dignity, the German bishops conference says. Cardinal Reinhard Marx is urging “verbal disarmament” and says the German parliament (Bundestag) has a special dignity which must take priority in political confrontations. The Alternative for Germany (AfD) is the first far-right Read more

Vigils held for imprisoned Indonesian Christian leader Comments 0

Monday, May 15th, 2017
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Nightly candlelight vigils have been held in cities across Indonesia since Tuesday when the governor of the capital Jakarta, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, was found guilty and sentenced to two years prison. Indonesians abroad also held vigils in cities including Amsterdam, Toronto and Melbourne, Australia. Months of huge protests against Ahok by Islamic hardliners and Read more

Indonesian bishops support government move to stop hate sermons Comments 0

Thursday, May 4th, 2017
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The Indonesian bishops’ conference has backed a government minister’s appeal against hate sermons that promote religious or ethnic intolerance. Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin, issued the appeal on April 28. It contained nine points targeted at religious preachers and the broader public. Bishop Yohanes Harun Yuwono of Tanjungkarang, chairman of the Commission for Ecumenical Read more

Jakarta’s election result a challenge to democracy Comments 0

Thursday, April 20th, 2017
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Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, Jakarta’s first Christian governor, has conceded defeat to Anies Rasyid Baswedan, a Muslim and former government minister in a vote seen by many as a test of Indonesia’s secular identity. “It’s a challenge for Indonesia’s democracy,” said Bonar Tigor Naipospos, vice chairman of the executive board of the Setara Institute for Democracy Read more

Collar-gate: Covering up a logo causes a wave of moral indignation Comments 0

Thursday, April 20th, 2017
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When Sony Bill William covered up a BNZ logo on his rugby shirt he crossed a line that few have crossed in New Zealand; he made a public display of his religious convictions. It was a move that made world-wide headlines and it was not received well by all. It even merited a comment from Read more

Constitutional amendment will block extremism says priest Comments 0

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

The chancellor of Samoa’s Catholic Archdiocese said he supports proposed amendment to the constitution which will declare Samoa a Christian nation. He said while people of other faiths should not be worried by the amendment. But it will stop those who create conflict in the name of religion from coming to Samoa. “It doesn’t mean Read more