Archive for tag: religious freedom

Archive pour tag : religious freedom

Jewish-Catholic Dialogue Rejects Coercion in Matters of Faith

Catholic and Jewish leaders agreed at a fall dialogue that proselytism understood as coercion or manipulation is a corruption of authentic witness to one’s faith. “Any effort to lead a person to faith that tramples on human freedom betrays a lack of respect for human dignity,” said Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.

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Posted: November 30, 2009 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=618
Categories: DialogueIn this article: Catholic, evangelism/evangelization, Judaism, proselytism, religious freedom, US Conference of Catholic Bishops, USA
Transmis : 30 novembre 2009 • Lien permanente : https://ecumenism.net/?p=618
Catégorie : DialogueDans cet article : Catholic, evangelism/evangelization, Judaism, proselytism, religious freedom, US Conference of Catholic Bishops, USA


Tehran-Vatican dialogue affirms religious freedom

The Centre for Inter-Religious Dialogue of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organisation (Tehran, Iran) and the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue held their seventh colloquium in Tehran from 9 to 11 November under the joint presidency of Mohammad Baqer Khorramshad, president of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organisation, and of Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue.
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Posted: November 16, 2010 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=1608
Categories: Communiqué, DialogueIn this article: Catholic, interfaith, Iran, Islam, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, religious freedom, Vatican
Transmis : 16 novembre 2010 • Lien permanente : https://ecumenism.net/?p=1608
Catégorie : Communiqué, DialogueDans cet article : Catholic, interfaith, Iran, Islam, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, religious freedom, Vatican


Equal rights for all the measure for assessing freedom of religion

An international study process developed by the World Council of Churches (WCC) is preparing a report on freedom of religion as a fundamental human right for all.

The fundamental rights of freedom of religion or belief are often violated by both governments and individuals, acting either on their own behalf or as members of majority groups. Despite significant initiatives taken by states and the international community, religious minorities in several parts of the world are becoming the targets of discrimination, acts of violence or hostility and persecution because of their religion.

The extent to which freedom of religion or belief can be considered as an absolute right in pluralistic societies, as well as its relation to various aspects of human rights, was the centre of discussion among experts who participated at an international consultation organized by the WCC‘s Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA).
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Posted: December 6, 2011 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=1827
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: human rights, religious freedom, WCC
Transmis : 6 décembre 2011 • Lien permanente : https://ecumenism.net/?p=1827
Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : human rights, religious freedom, WCC


Pastoral letter on freedom of conscience and religion

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) today released a pastoral letter on freedom of conscience and religion. Issued by the CCCB Permanent Council, the letter expresses concern about an “aggressive relativism” in Canada that seeks to relegate religion to the private sphere.

“Legitimate secularity draws a distinction between religion and politics, between Church and state,” the pastoral letter states, but is open to the engagement of religious beliefs and faith communities in public debate and civic life. “Radical secularism”, however, excludes religion from the public square “and from freely engaging in the public debate necessary for shaping civic life.”
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Posted: May 14, 2012 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=2170
Categories: Documents, ResourcesIn this article: bishops, Canada, Catholic, CCCB, religious freedom
Transmis : 14 mai 2012 • Lien permanente : https://ecumenism.net/?p=2170
Catégorie : Documents, ResourcesDans cet article : bishops, Canada, Catholic, CCCB, religious freedom


Montréal Presbyterians respond to Québec Charter of Values

The Presbyterian Church in CanadaThe Presbyterian Church in Canada‘s Presbytery of Montreal has adopted a response to Bill 60 – the Québec Charter of Values.

“We acknowledge and celebrate the unique identity of Quebec as a Francophone nation and province within Canada, and acknowledge the particular religious and cultural history that has shaped its values, laws, and social fabric. We also acknowledge and celebrate the presence of other linguistic and cultural communities within Quebec – including a large Anglophone minority – and celebrate the contributions such communities have made to the history, identity, and success of Quebec as a liberal democratic polity. We believe that Quebec has been enriched by this diversity.”
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Posted: February 7, 2014 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=7253
Categories: NewsIn this article: Presbyterian Church in Canada, Québec, religious freedom
Transmis : 7 février 2014 • Lien permanente : https://ecumenism.net/?p=7253
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Presbyterian Church in Canada, Québec, religious freedom


Global Church groups agree to confront Christian discrimination, persecution and martyrdom together

Global Christian ForumDiscrimination, persecution and violence against Christians and churches around the world is set for further exposure after a group representing high profile Christian churches and organizations agreed to pursue together an international response on the issue.

A meeting convened by the Global Christian Forum in Strasbourg, France, including representatives from the Vatican, the World Council of Churches, the World Evangelical Alliance and the Pentecostal World Fellowship, agreed on 9 September to press ahead with a global gathering on the issue of ‘Christian discrimination, persecution and martyrdom’ for late 2015.
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Posted: September 10, 2014 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=7775
Categories: NewsIn this article: Global Christian Forum, martyrdom, Pentecostal World Fellowship, persecution, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, religious freedom, WCC, World Evangelical Alliance
Transmis : 10 septembre 2014 • Lien permanente : https://ecumenism.net/?p=7775
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Global Christian Forum, martyrdom, Pentecostal World Fellowship, persecution, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, religious freedom, WCC, World Evangelical Alliance


Dedicate the Vigil of Pentecost to the martyrs – #free2pray

The Italian Catholic Bishops' Conference has called upon all communities to dedicate the Vigil of Pentecost (May 23, 2015) to prayer for contemporary martyrsThe President of the CEI has decided to propose to all communities – not only Italian – the dedication of the next Vigil of Pentecost (May 23, 2015) to contemporary martyrs, to the tragedy of so many Christians and many people whose fundamental rights to life and to religious freedom are systematically violated: “This situation challenges us deeply and compels us to join in a grand gesture of prayer to God and closeness to these brothers”.

“There is a strong bond that already unites us, beyond every division is the witness of Christians belonging to Churches and traditions, victims of persecution and violence just because of the faith they profess.” With these words, the Holy Father received members of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (30 April 2015). This was only the last of many interventions by the Pope regarding the tragedy of so many Christians and many people whose fundamental rights to life and to religious freedom are systematically violated.”
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Posted: May 7, 2015 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=8312
Categories: NewsIn this article: Christian, persecution, prayer, religious freedom
Transmis : 7 mai 2015 • Lien permanente : https://ecumenism.net/?p=8312
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Christian, persecution, prayer, religious freedom


Historic gathering of global Christian leaders urges churches and governments to address growing concern for persecution of Christians

An historic consultation of church leaders, drawn from 56 nations, to focus on intensifying ‘discrimination, persecution and violence’ against Christian communities around the world has called on churches globally to pray, support and be in solidarity with those suffering persecution due to their faith. In a two pronged response the leaders: offered “repentance” for times when churches had “persecuted each other and other religious communities in history”; and, urged churches “to urgently strengthen the solidarity of all Christians” in the face of discrimination, persecution and martyrdom in the 21st century. In a greeting from the Vatican, Pope Francis said, “I think with great sadness of the escalating discrimination, and persecution against Christians in the Middle East, Africa and Asia and elsewhere throughout the world. “In various parts of the world, the witness to Christ, even to the shedding of blood, has become a shared experience of Catholics, Orthodox, Anglicans, Protestants, Evangelicals and Pentecostals,” he said. The consultation also called on governments to “respect and protect the freedom of religion and belief of all people as a fundamental human right.”
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Posted: November 7, 2015 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=8857
Categories: Communiqué, NewsIn this article: Global Christian Forum, persecution, religious freedom
Transmis : 7 novembre 2015 • Lien permanente : https://ecumenism.net/?p=8857
Catégorie : Communiqué, NewsDans cet article : Global Christian Forum, persecution, religious freedom


Religious leaders in Saskatchewan concerned about assisted dying policies

Saskatchewan Minister of Health Dustin Duncan speaks to the press after meeting with Saskatchewan faith leaders who presented a Joint Statement on Freedom of Conscience and Palliative Care to the Saskatchewan government and Official OppositionReligious leaders across Saskatchewan say doctors who don’t want to help patients die shouldn’t be forced to refer them to another physician who will.

Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders met with Health Minister Dustin Duncan at the Saskatchewan legislature Tuesday and said facilities should not be forced to help people end their lives either. Duncan said the province is looking at ways to accommodate those concerns about the new federal law that allows medical assisted dying.

The law says doctors can’t be forced to provide the service. But the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan policy also says they “must not abandon a patient who makes this request” and they need to arrange “timely access” to another physician or resources.

“We also feel that people do have a right to information,” said Mary Deutscher, with the justice and peace commission of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. “We have no problem with providing that information, but there’s something different about a direct referral, that actually says that you need to find someone who will carry through on what we see as a very harmful action. Do you want to force doctors to have to harm people that they care for? And many of these doctors do see this as a harmful action.”
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Posted: June 21, 2016 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=9204
Categories: NewsIn this article: freedom of conscience, palliative care, physician assisted suicide, religious freedom, Saskatchewan
Transmis : 21 juin 2016 • Lien permanente : https://ecumenism.net/?p=9204
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : freedom of conscience, palliative care, physician assisted suicide, religious freedom, Saskatchewan


U.S. churches to Russia: We’re not leaving

Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, Russia, 2007. Photo: Bart Slingerland, Wikimedia CommonsSeveral American-based religious denominations remain defiant in the face of new laws that would ban them from proselytizing in Russia.

The so-called “Yarovaya laws” make it illegal to preach, proselytize or hand out religious materials outside of specially designated places. The laws also give the Russian government wide scope to monitor and record electronic messages and phone calls.

The package of laws, billed as anti-terrorism measures, were passed by the Russian Duma, or parliament, on June 24, and signed by Russian president Vladimir Putin on July 7.

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, a bipartisan government panel which makes policy recommendations, condemned the new laws.

“These deeply flawed anti-terrorism measures will buttress the Russian government’s war against human rights and religious freedom,” Thomas J. Reese, a Jesuit priest and chair of the commission said after the measures were passed. “They will make it easier for Russian authorities to repress religious communities, stifle peaceful dissent, and detain and imprison people.”
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Posted: July 12, 2016 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=9361
Categories: RNSIn this article: human rights, religious freedom, Russia
Transmis : 12 juillet 2016 • Lien permanente : https://ecumenism.net/?p=9361
Catégorie : RNSDans cet article : human rights, religious freedom, Russia