Cambodia: Interreligious Encounter and Cooperation
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Cambodia: Interreligious Encounter and Cooperation

Buddhist leaders in Cambodia have honored French Bishop Olivier Michel Marie Schmitthaeusler for his years of support and donations to local Buddhists and a popular pagoda. Bishop Schmitthaeusler, the apostolic vicar of Phnom Penh, received the accolade “a great friend of Buddhists” at an event at Ang Monrei pagoda in Tram Kak district of Takeo province…

Interreligious Dialogue Path to Peace – CAR Cardinal
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Interreligious Dialogue Path to Peace – CAR Cardinal

“Interreligious dialogue is an indispensable path to peace building in the world today and deserves to be considered an absolute necessity and the deepest aspiration of the human race,” Cardinal Nzapalainga said. In his lecture titled, “Interreligious Dialogue at the Service of Peace for a New Humanism”, the Cardinal added that with the health crisis…

Asia: Minority Christian Communities under Increased Pressure
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Asia: Minority Christian Communities under Increased Pressure

Asian states, including Russia, together account for some 380 million Christians in a population of 4.5 billion, forming less than one percent. Among them, some 210 million Christians come from just five nations — the Philippines, China, Indonesia, India and South Korea. In this vast geographical area, despite calling themselves Asian, Christians have hardly anything…

Thich Nhat Hanh – The Passing of a Spiritual Giant
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Thich Nhat Hanh – The Passing of a Spiritual Giant

The most enduring feature of his spiritual legacy is his teaching and promotion of the concept of “mindfulness” or fully realized awareness of our engagement with beings beyond ourselves in the present moment. Mindfulness is the conscious realization of our presence in the world and others and being in the presence of other beings who…

Christians in the Middle East – a Timid Revival?
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Christians in the Middle East – a Timid Revival?

The plan for the rebirth of Mar Elian envisages the replanting of vineyards and olive groves on the land around the monastery, together with the reconstruction of the surrounding walls and access doors. Fr Jacques says: “We will try to encourage the return to Qaryatayn of the Christians who lived there and who were forced…

Pakistan: Musical Harmony Meets Communal Harmony
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Pakistan: Musical Harmony Meets Communal Harmony

About 400 people attended an interfaith Christmas concert at Al Qalm Girls High School in Chak (village) 11 4L, home to 350 Christian families, in Okara district of Pakistan’s Punjab province. They were entertained by liberal rock band Laal, which has been performing Christmas concerts in parishes and schools free of charge for the past…

‘Fidelity of the Appointment of Prayer Secret of Friendship with Muslims’ – Last Surviving Monk of Tibhirine
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‘Fidelity of the Appointment of Prayer Secret of Friendship with Muslims’ – Last Surviving Monk of Tibhirine

Fez (Agenzia Fides) – “It was so beautiful!”, the Trappist monk Jean-Pierre Schumacher repeated with emotion, when he recalled the long years of fraternal life spent together with his confreres in the Algerian monastery of Thibirine, killed in 1996 in one of the brightest events of Christian martyrdom in recent decades. Now he too, the…

Malaysia: Anti-Minorities Bill Meets with Resistance from Churches
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Malaysia: Anti-Minorities Bill Meets with Resistance from Churches

Meanwhile, the Association of Churches in Sarawak (ACS), an inter-denominational group in Sarawak State, has also expressed “surprise” over Ahmad Marzuk’s announcement about new sharia laws in a statement on Sept. 9. The ACS, headed by Bishop Simon Poh of Catholic Archdiocese of Kuching, said that present or any future attempts to introduce sharia bills affecting non-Muslim religions…

Pakistan: Cricket in Service of Interfaith Harmony
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Pakistan: Cricket in Service of Interfaith Harmony

In 2014, Ahsen Rizvi played first-class cricket in Pakistani capital Islamabad. Since then he has been sidelined by Muslim guest players.  However, the 30-year-old Catholic made history by lifting the first Christian-centered Harmony Cricket League cup this week in neighboring Rawalpindi city. Archbishop Joseph Arshad of Islamabad-Rawalpindi gave medals and trophies to the players. “It’s…

Webinar: Dialogue and Proclamation – Three Decades Later
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Webinar: Dialogue and Proclamation – Three Decades Later

The thirtieth anniversary of the document, Dialogue and Proclamation: Reflections and Orientations on Interreligious Dialogue and the Proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, jointly published by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID) and the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (CEP) falls on 19 May 2021. To mark this occasion, the PCID will host a…

Memorial Martyrs of Algeria: Costly Dialogue with Islam
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Memorial Martyrs of Algeria: Costly Dialogue with Islam

When in May 1996 the shocking news of the murder at Tibhirine, Algeria, of a community of seven Trappist monks hit the headlines the subsequent publication of the moving ‘Testament’ of Christian de Chergé, the prior of that community, opened a window on the singular originality of this community’s involvement with its Muslim neighbours. The…