India’s Hindu Kumbh Mela Festival
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India’s Hindu Kumbh Mela Festival

Massive crowds are expected to gather at India’s northern city of Haridwar throughout April 2021 for the religious festival of Kumbh Mela, despite the country’s grappling with a COVID-19 surge. The Kumbh Mela is a Hindu pilgrimage held every 12 years at sacred tirthas, or river-ford sites, along the Ganges River in India. This year the government expects over a million pilgrims a…

Dialogue of life- Morocco: Christians living in the House of Islam
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Dialogue of life- Morocco: Christians living in the House of Islam

“In 1996, during a General Assembly of the Institute, there was a lot of talk about our mission and how the Church was beginning to speak of interreligious dialogue as the first part of Evangelization,” she recalls in the report. At the end of the Assembly, the leadership of the Missionary Institute resolved to send…

Pope Francis in Iraq: Prayer of the Sons and Daughters of Abraham
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Pope Francis in Iraq: Prayer of the Sons and Daughters of Abraham

Almighty God, our Creator, you love our human family and every work of your hands:           As children of Abraham, Jews, Christians and Muslims, together with other believers and all persons of good will, we thank you for having given us Abraham, a distinguished son of this noble and beloved country, to be our common…

Pope Francis in Iraq: Unique Historic Meeting with Ayatollah al-Sistani
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Pope Francis in Iraq: Unique Historic Meeting with Ayatollah al-Sistani

Ayatollah al-Sistani is the most important, revered and followed Ayatollah in the Shi’a world. Now 90 years of age, he has exercised this leading role since becoming the successor of Ayatollah al-Khoei in 1992. He does so through his teaching and his jurisprudence, which guides every aspect of Shi’a living. He has done so throughout…

Papal Visit to Iraq: Parallels between Shi’a Islam and Catholicism
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Papal Visit to Iraq: Parallels between Shi’a Islam and Catholicism

In October 2005, Benedictine Father Mark Serna, a veteran of Catholic/Shi’ite exchange, wrote: “In distinction to Muslims in the Sunni tradition, Shi’ite Muslims are very natural dialogue partners with Roman Catholics and monastics. There are many areas of mutuality: a profound contemplative and mystical tradition; veneration of saints, especially of Mary, the Mother of Jesus;…

Pakistan: Newly Appointed Archbishop of Karachi Prioritises Good Relations with other Faiths
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Pakistan: Newly Appointed Archbishop of Karachi Prioritises Good Relations with other Faiths

Archbishop Joseph Arshad of Islamabad-Rawalpindi told Crux that Travas’s appointment was “very good news” for the Church in Pakistan. “Bishop Benny is called a priest of Karachi, so he is very familiar with the situation of the Archdiocese of Karachi,” he explained. “Bishop Benny is young (54), energetic and will contribute to the growth of the archdiocese….

India: No National Law Against Conversions
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India: No National Law Against Conversions

The Indian government, run by the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has ruled out the possibility of a nationwide law regulating religious conversions, bringing cheer to Christian leaders. G. Kishan Reddy, a junior minister in the Ministry of Home Affairs, told parliament that the government plans no national law against conversions, ending speculation that Prime Minister…

Rawalpindi, Pakistan: Cardinal Joseph Coutts Appointed Chairperson of Christian Research Centre
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Rawalpindi, Pakistan: Cardinal Joseph Coutts Appointed Chairperson of Christian Research Centre

Cardinal Joseph Coutts, the archbishop of Karachi, has been appointed as the chairperson of a key Christian research and study center. He is taking charge of the Christian Study Centre in Rawalpindi, said Father Nasir William, director of the Diocesan Commission for Rawalpindi and Islamabad. “It’s a big responsibility but since this prelate of the…

Ecumenical Community of Grandchamp – Contemplative Journey towards Unity
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Ecumenical Community of Grandchamp – Contemplative Journey towards Unity

Each sister, Sister Anne Emmanuelle explains, has to leave the specificities of her Church to enter into the dimension of the community of Grandchamp, and she noted that this journey invariably evokes all the richness of the universal Church that emerges from this unity. “We all humbly advance on the path of Christ’s love,” and…

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: 18 – 25 January
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: 18 – 25 January

Our spiritual well-being is as important as our physical well-being. In the past year both of these have been seriously challenged: the COVID-19 pandemic has caused us to be careful about our own health, taking precautions such as washing hands and wearing facemasks and maintaining social distance. Some of us have been ill or have…

Indonesia: Islam’s ‘Smiling Face’.
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Indonesia: Islam’s ‘Smiling Face’.

Indonesia: a country with the largest Muslim population in the world. Of two hundred million Indonesians, approximately eighty-seven percent are Muslim, mainly Sunni. There are numerous other groups, a few with a vociferous fundamentalist bent, though a tolerant Islam based on Javan traditions dominates. A saying that has become widespread claims that Indonesia presents Islam’s…

Philippines: The Silsilah Dialogue Movement
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Philippines: The Silsilah Dialogue Movement

“From a certain corner they shot at me. I think the bullet passed this close to my chest. I said to myself, I have to do this. I have to help the people here, Muslims and Christians, to build trust, peace, and confidence.” Fr. Sebastiano D’Ambra Fr. Sebastiano D’Ambra’s story and that of the Silsilah…