Archive for tag: interfaith

Archive pour tag : interfaith

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Vatican, al-Azhar officials look to kick-start joint talks, cooperation

Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Ahmad el-Tayeb, grand imam of Egypt's al-Azhar mosque and university, during a private meeting at the Vatican May 23. Photo: APThe Vatican and Sunni Islam’s leading institution of higher learning have begun looking for ways to restart formal dialogue.

Acting on Pope Francis’ expressed desire, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue was sending a top-level official to Cairo to visit al-Azhar University, the council said in a written press release July 12.

Spanish Bishop Miguel Ayuso Guixot, secretary of the pontifical council, will attend a “preliminary meeting” July 13 with Mahmoud Hamdi Zakzouk, a member of the university’s Council of Senior Scholars and director of the al-Azhar Center for Dialogue. Archbishop Bruno Musaro, the apostolic nuncio to Egypt, was to also attend the meeting.

The meeting, which was requested by the pontifical council following the pope’s “expressed desire, will evaluate how to begin the resumption of dialogue between the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and al-Azhar University,” the press release said.

The encounter follows the landmark meeting at the Vatican May 23 between Pope Francis and the university’s grand imam, Ahmad el-Tayeb.
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Posted: July 12, 2016 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=9359
Categories: CNSIn this article: Al-Azhar, dialogue, interfaith, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Vatican
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Catégorie : CNSDans cet article : Al-Azhar, dialogue, interfaith, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Vatican


Interfaith letter to Minister of Justice concerning clause 14 of Bill C-51

Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and President of the CCCB and Mr. Bruce F. Simpson, a partner specializing in criminal law with Barnes Sammon LLP

Over 60 faith leaders and organizations in Canada have signed a letter addressed to The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, concerning the removal of section 176 from the Criminal Code of Canada, as proposed under Clause 14 of Bill C-51, “An Act to Amend the Criminal Code and the Department of Justice Act and to Make Consequential Amendments to Another Act”. The interfaith letter was co-authored by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, and the Association for Reformed Political Action. Representatives from a variety of faith traditions have endorsed the letter, including from the Sikh, Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and Buddhist traditions.

The Conference also intervened on 30 October 2017 concerning Clause 14 of Bill C-51, which included a written submission to the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, followed by oral presentations before the Standing Committee by the Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and President of the CCCB and His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, with the assistance of Mr. Bruce F. Simpson, a partner specialized in criminal law with Barnes Sammon LLP.
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Posted: November 7, 2017 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=9803
Categories: NewsIn this article: Canada, criminal justice, interfaith, religious freedom
Transmis : 7 novembre 2017 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=9803
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Canada, criminal justice, interfaith, religious freedom


Interfaith Statement on Changes to the Canada Summer Jobs Grant Program

We the undersigned leaders of diverse faith communities and organizations in Canada, call on the Prime Minister and the Government of Canada to amend the Canada Summer Jobs guidelines and application process so that it does not compel agreement or belief, and allows religious organizations to stay true to their communal identity and beliefs. The new application requires each organization to give non-negotiable and unqualified affirmation of certain beliefs held by the current government.

Canada has a long history of cooperation and collaboration between religious organizations and governments in our health care and social welfare systems, and in many other areas of life.

Faith-based organizations wish to continue to partner with the federal government in delivering programming and services to vulnerable members of their local communities, including children and youth, newcomers to Canada, and people experiencing poverty and homelessness.
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Posted: January 25, 2018 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=9831
Categories: DocumentsIn this article: Canada Summer Jobs, Government of Canada, interfaith, religious freedom, statements
Transmis : 25 janvier 2018 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=9831
Catégorie : DocumentsDans cet article : Canada Summer Jobs, Government of Canada, interfaith, religious freedom, statements


Argentine bishops follow pope’s lead with major interreligious declaration

Bishop Oscar Ojea, Anibal Bachir Bakir, and Agustin Zbar, three religious leaders from Argentina who signed a declaration in favor of dialogue and condemning the use of religion to justify violence. Photo: CEA

Following an initiative by the then-Archbishop of Buenos Aires, today Pope Francis, the Argentine bishops together with leaders of Islam and Judaism in the country signed a declaration “for dialogue and coexistence” on Friday. “There’s a double scope to the document: firstly, to reaffirm that any invocation of violence in the name of religion is completely wrong. Secondly, to reaffirm interreligious dialogue, which in our country is one of the few that have actually worked,” said Bishop Oscar Ojea, president of the Argentine bishops’ conference, after signing the document. Speaking with Crux, the prelate defined the document as a reaffirmation of the one signed in August 2005, when Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, today Pope Francis, was the president of the bishops’ conference.
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Posted: December 8, 2018 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=10448
Categories: NewsIn this article: Argentina, Christian, document, interfaith, Islam, Judaism
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Argentina, Christian, document, interfaith, Islam, Judaism


Pope and the Grand Imam: Historic declaration of peace, freedom, women’s rights

Pope Francis shakes hands with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed el-Tayeb (Vatican Media)

The “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together” signed on Monday afternoon in Abu Dhabi by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmad el-Tayeb, is not only a milestone in relations between Christianity and Islam but also represents a message with a strong impact on the international scene. In the preface, after affirming that “Faith leads a believer to see in the other a brother or sister to be supported and loved”, this text is spoken of as a text “that has been given honest and serious thought”, which invites “all persons who have faith in God and faith in human fraternity to unite and work together”.
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Posted: February 4, 2019 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=10336
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Al-Azhar, Catholic, Christian, El-Tayeb, fraternity, interfaith, Islam, peace, pope, Pope Francis
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Al-Azhar, Catholic, Christian, El-Tayeb, fraternity, interfaith, Islam, peace, pope, Pope Francis


Document on Human Fraternity for world peace and living together: Full text

Pope Francis and Ahmed el-Tayeb sign the Document on Human Fraternity (Vatican Media)

Faith leads a believer to see in the other a brother or sister to be supported and loved. Through faith in God, who has created the universe, creatures and all human beings (equal on account of his mercy), believers are called to express this human fraternity by safeguarding creation and the entire universe and supporting all persons, especially the poorest and those most in need.

This transcendental value served as the starting point for several meetings characterized by a friendly and fraternal atmosphere where we shared the joys, sorrows and problems of our contemporary world. We did this by considering scientific and technical progress, therapeutic achievements, the digital era, the mass media and communications. We reflected also on the level of poverty, conflict and suffering of so many brothers and sisters in different parts of the world as a consequence of the arms race, social injustice, corruption, inequality, moral decline, terrorism, discrimination, extremism and many other causes.
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Posted: February 4, 2019 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=10338
Categories: DocumentsIn this article: Al-Azhar, Catholic, El-Tayeb, fraternity, interfaith, Islam, pope, Pope Francis
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Catégorie : DocumentsDans cet article : Al-Azhar, Catholic, El-Tayeb, fraternity, interfaith, Islam, pope, Pope Francis


Education for Action: the urgency of interreligious leadership for global good

The interactive panel at the John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue

The power of interfaith leadership in bringing about positive change in global challenges was the focus of the panel Sister Lucy Thorson from Canada took part in at the international Education for Action conference in Rome. The event, attended by over 150 people, marked the 10th anniversary of the Interreligious Program at the John Paul II Center of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. It involved leaders on interreligious dialogue from the USA, Canada, Palestine, Holland, and Rome, whose interfaith experience spans Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Buddhism, among others.

Sister Lucy was on an interactive panel that debated how interfaith leaders can move from study to practice, activate networks, and instigate impactful actions that address current global challenges. Alongside Lucy were: Huda Abuarquob, Regional Director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace; Aart Bos, CEO of MasterPeace; and Joyce Dubensky, CEO of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, who also acted as moderator.
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Posted: May 8, 2019 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=10560
Categories: Conferences, NewsIn this article: dialogue, interfaith
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Catégorie : Conferences, NewsDans cet article : dialogue, interfaith


Christians and Muslims: Friends in Conversation

Participants in a local Christian-Muslim conversation group (left to right): Art Battiste, Bernard de Margerie, Asma Ahsan, Irfan Mir, Carol Pek, Angeline Battiste, Saba Ahsan, Margot Taylor, Abdullah Patel, and Fachrizal Halim.

Christianity and Islam are two world religions that share a common theological root to Abrahamic tradition. The two religions also share complex histories of conflict and coexistence that span from the Middle Ages until the present day. While the groundwork to build understandings between Christians and Muslims has been laid down by Christian and Muslim leaders, the idea is still not fully articulated in a local context.

Wishing to pursue such an initiative among ordinary Christians and Muslims in Saskatoon, Fr. Bernard de Margerie, a Roman Catholic priest, and Fachrizal Halim, a Sunni Muslim professor of Islamic Studies at St. Thomas More College, Saskatoon, met in December, 2018 to discuss the possibility of having a Christian-Muslim conversation group. Both saw an urgent need to know more about each other’s faith and the importance of developing respect and friendships between the two faith communities.
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Posted: December 10, 2019 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=10705
Categories: NewsIn this article: Christian, dialogue, interfaith, Muslim, Saskatoon
Transmis : 10 décembre 2019 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=10705
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Christian, dialogue, interfaith, Muslim, Saskatoon


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