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Can religion fight climate change?

February 25, 2020Nuns at the Global Climate March in Bogotá, Colombia Can religion fight climate change? 6 min read . Updated: 24 Feb 2020, 05:49 PM ISTUrmi Chanda-Vaz Religious orders and leaders are increasingly using faith to spread the message of climate change and environmentalism The first week of February is celebrated as World Interfaith Harmony Week, when faith leaders from across the world convene to discuss interreligious relationships. It was adopted by the UN in 2010 to foster dialogue and mutual understanding among people of different faiths. While discussions on complex religious subjects have dominated the forum in the last decade, something unusual happened on its 10th anniversary this year. Led by the Parliament of the World’s Religions (PoWR), global faith leaders spoke about the immediate crisis of climate change that is staring the world in the face. The parliament—inaugurated in 1893 in Chicago, US, as part of the World Columbian Exposition—has been the focal point for interfaith interactions for more than a ...

Ela Gandhi meets Pope Francis

February 18, 2020NEWS / 17 FEBRUARY 2020, 7:00PM / KAREN SINGH Ela Gandhi met the pope in the Vatican City last week, following her keynote address on February 11, during World Interfaith Harmony Week, in Italy. Picture: Supplied Durban – Ela Gandhi says she admires Pope Francis and his idea of solidarity is exactly what her grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi, stood for.Gandhi met the pope in the Vatican City last week, following her keynote address on February 11, during World Interfaith Harmony Week, in Italy. Invited by the Women of Faith Network in Italy, Gandhi addressed government officials, the religious community and people from the Vatican.Scheduled to return to South Africa on the same day, Gandhi said she went to Saint Peter’s Basilica, where thousands of people gather every Wednesday to see the pope. “We arranged to go there on Wednesday morning, but somebody who had come to the meeting had tickets for us and we were then invited into the Vatican hall, instead of standing outside ...

Princess Cheryl Halpern & VOP Received Special Awards at UN World Interfaith Harmony Week 2020

February 18, 2020February 17, 2020 2:49pm   Comments Malang, East Java – The founders of Visions of a Peaceful Tomorrow Initiative, Princess Cheryl Halpern, Prince Damien Dematra, and Princess Natasha Dematra were awarded The United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week 2020 Special Award by the Nusantara Culture Council. The award was presented by KPH Prince Wiroyudho, the chairman of MATRA in the Dome of University of Muhammadiyah, Malang on January 27th, 2020. The Special Award was presented to the VOPI in recognition of the significant contribution that it has made by promoting peace, tolerance and respect for all faiths through the visions of youth. During the World Interfaith Harmony Week 2020, VOPI visited the Islamic Boarding School of Sabilurrosyad and held its Awards Ceremony in the Dome University of Muhammadiyah. The VOPI continued to Surabaya and held a similar event in the Junior State High School 12. The VOPI ended its three city visit with a closing event at the distinguished Tebuireng Islamic ...

Scene City | World Interfaith Harmony Week celebrated

February 14, 2020BY MARILYN ROQUE ON FEBRUARY 11, 2020 In response to the global call for a mutual understanding and peace as nations celebrate the World Interfaith Harmony Week, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hosted an interfaith luncheon on Feb. 6, 2020, at Claveria Stake Center, CM Recto Street, Davao City. . LDS leader Elder Taniela Wakolo, 1st Counselor in the Philippines Area Presidency, joined leaders of other faiths and indigenous people communities, including Archbishop Romulo Geolina Valles, Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Metropolitan Archdiocese of Davao Archbishop, where 68 leaders and evangelists from 13 diverse groups attended. With the year’s theme, “Celebrating Dialogue Towards Harmony,” the event provided a setting for a congruent and united discussion as leaders shook hands and unique beliefs were humbly shared and warmly received. Elder Wakolo, who just recently met Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle in Manila on Monday, Feb. 4, delivered a message of friendship and goodwill. In his ...

Indus Special with Meshal Malik | Interfaith Harmony Week | Episode 314 | Indus News

February 11, 2020Watch Meshal Malik’s stimulating conversation in Indus Special with some of the best experts from different parts of the world. Topic: 1. Interfaith Harmony Week Guests: * Yasser Louati – Activist * Byron Matarangas – Into. Law Expert * Alison Scott-Baumann – Prof. Society & Belief * Hanadi Chehabeddine – Activist   SOURCE

Interfaith dialogue: For religious tolerance

February 11, 2020Published: February 10, 2020 NARENDRA PANDE About 125 years ago, Swami Vivekananda spoke to the western world on the role of religious dialogue to come up with constructive factors to unite the people who experience heavy divisions and inequality due to their faiths There are certain things in life that remain a mystery for lack of exposure, experience and flow of information. Lack of exposure often hinders harmony, respect, progress, and well-being in life. Interfaith, interfaith dialogue and media connection and relation are still not known in Nepal. The concept stemmed about 125 years ago when Swami Vivekananda from India spoke to the western world on the role of religious dialogue to come up with constructive factors to unite the people who experience heavy divisions, inequality and lack of opportunities owing to their religions. If the media were to set aside some time in understanding interfaith and interfaith dialogue, it would help produce religious tolerance, peace, harmony and development at ...

‘It’s personal’: Mayor of London calls for unity at Streatham terror attack vigil

February 11, 2020‘It’s personal’: Mayor of London calls for unity at Streatham terror attack vigil By Samuel Draper February 10 2020, 09:30 Follow @SW_Londoner Sadiq Khan gave a passionate speech praising community spirit at a vigil in Streatham on Saturday. The Mayor of London and Streatham MP Bell Ribeiro-Addy were among the speakers on Streatham High Road, six days after a terror attack in the area left three people in hospital. Mr Khan praised the Streatham community and the police for their reactions to the stabbing, and how local people have come together rather than letting a terrorist divide them. Mr Khan told the South West Londoner: “It’s personal, I’m a south Londoner. I live up the road. What’s wonderful about the response of my community has been how resolute we’ve stood in the last six days. “We have to lobby the government for more resources. The police we’ve got are under-resourced and over-stretched and we need more of them. “We’ve lost so ...

INTERFAITH LEADERS CONFRONT WORLD PROBLEMS AT UNITED NATIONS EVENT

February 11, 2020BY JUDY KURIANSKYFEBRUARY 10,2020 Pervasive violence. Devastating climate change. Religious and racial intolerance. Deadly epidemics.  These themes threatening our world today were taken on by a panel of faith leaders, experts and high-level officials at a commemoration of an event during World Interfaith Harmony Week celebrated annually in early February at the United Nations. Entitled “The State of the World Today from a Religious and Spiritual Perspective,” and held at a UN headquarters conference room, the event focused on faith leaders’ solutions to the real life issues affecting peoples worldwide. Two themes emerged: calling for putting words into action, and for oneness.  These were presented in speeches and song. An appropriate tone was set in his welcome by Gordon Tapper, President of the United African Congress, when introducing the main sponsorship of the Mission of the Republic of Ethiopia to the United Nations. Tapper acknowledging that the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, His ...