Interfaith

Malaysian Religious Leaders Protest over Priest Visa Cuts

January 8, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: AFP

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080108/wl_asia_afp/malaysiareligionimmigration

Non-Muslim religious groups said Tuesday that Malaysia is refusing to issue new visas for foreign priests, in the latest eruption of ethnic discord in the multicultural nation.

Foreign priests already in the country have only been given six-month...

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Interfaith Service Draws Hundreds to Pray for Violence-Torn Kenya

January 7, 2008

Author: Cordell Eddings and Francesca Jarosz

Source: IndyStar

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080107/LOCAL18/801070383/1006/LOCAL

A prayer service for violence-ravaged Kenya drew hundreds Sunday to North United Methodist Church, where religious leaders and residents drew on faith for strength for friends and strangers in danger in the African nation.

Tribal gang warfare has killed...

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Bishop Says Islamic Extremism Creates UK 'No-Go Areas'

January 7, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/bishop-says-islamic-extremism-creates-uk-nogo-areas/2008/01/07/1199554522464.html

A Church of England bishop has said Islamic extremism has turned some areas of Britain into "no-go areas" for non-Muslims, drawing ire from the Muslim community, which...

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Ads Ask Candidates to Guard Religious Freedom

January 6, 2008

Source: JTA.org

http://www.jta.org/cgi-bin/iowa/breaking/106239.html

An interfaith group launched a series of ads urging presidential candidates to protect religious freedom.

First Freedom First is using the ads in New Hampshire and South Carolina to encourage voters to ask presidential candidates their positions on issues from end-of-life options to protecting the rights of Americans to worship or not worship as they choose.

Pope Calls for Religious Tolerance, but also Evangelization

January 6, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Inquierer.net/Agence France-Presse

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/world/view_article.php?article_id=108259

Pope Benedict XVI on Friday called for "tolerance and mutual respect" among religions while stressing that the Roman Catholic Church should push forward in its battle to win souls.

"Is it still permissible to evangelize today? Shouldn't religions and conceptions of...

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Professor Has Faith in Religious Tolerance

January 5, 2008

Author: MARY JACOBS

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/DN-relchancey_05met.ART.South.Edition1.37b8a19.html

Typically, Mark Chancey's role is helping Christian audiences better understand Judaism. But for four Tuesdays in January, the SMU associate professor will be doing the opposite: explaining the New Testament to a primarily...

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Religious Leaders Inform Congressman Donald Payne That Eritrea is a Country Where All Religions Coexist in Harmony

January 5, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: allAfrica/Shabait.com

http://allafrica.com/stories/200801070093.html

Eritrean religious leaders informed the visiting Mr. Donald Payne, Member of the House of Representatives in the US Congress, that Eritrea is a country where all where all religions coexist in harmony.

In a meeting with the US Congressman, the Eritrean Mufti, Sheik Al-Amin Osman, explained that Eritrea is a nation in which the Islamic and Christian...

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Bishop Speaks of Renewed Inter-Faith Hopes after Benazir Bhutto’s Death

January 4, 2008

Author: John Pontifex

Source: Aid to the Church in Need News

http://members4.boardhost.com/acnaus/msg/1199657675.html

A PAKISTAN Bishop has spoken of how Christians and Muslims have come together in grief in the wake of Benazir Bhutto’s killing, prompting renewed hopes for a Church increasingly threatened by religious intolerance.

Bishop Joseph Coutts described “unprecedented” levels of co-operation between the two...

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One Woman's Interfaith Journey

January 4, 2008

Author: Gail Katz

Source: ReadtheSpirit.com

http://www.readthespirit.com/explore/2008/01/073-one-womans.html

As an interfaith activist, I’m often asked why I spend so much of my time and energy devoted to so many of these initiatives. So when David Crumm asked me to mull this over for ReadTheSpirit, I tried to trace the journey that I have traveled from the time I was a small girl growing up in a post-war secular Jewish family until...

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Jewish Agency, Interfaith Group Deal Angers U.S. Jewish Leaders

January 3, 2008

Author: Anshel Pfeffer

Source: Haaretz

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/940527.html

An agreement on increased cooperation between the Jewish Agency and the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews has upset many American Jewish leaders.

The agreement was signed two weeks ago by Jewish Agency Chairman Zeev Bielski and IFCJ President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein. The IFCJ will give the agency NIS 180 million over the next three years, to be...

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No End in Sight as South Thai Rebellion Enters Fifth Year

January 3, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Original Source: AFP

Brutal killings have reached unprecedented levels in Thailand's Muslim-majority south, experts say, as the region enters the fifth year of a separatist insurgency that is tearing communities apart.

A government policy of reconciliation in the region has backfired, analysts told AFP, with rebels beheading, mutilating and even crucifying victims to try to spark a backlash and create divisions between Buddhists and Muslims.

"They kill in such brutal ways:...

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Indian Minister in Orissa Visit

January 2, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7166297.stm

Indian Home Minister Shivraj Patil has visited part of the eastern state of Orissa which has seen recent fighting between hardline Hindus and Christians.

He is the first central minister to visit the state after violence last week killed at least four people.

Mr Patil visited the trouble-torn Kandhamal district, which was at the centre of the...

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Muslim Leader Affirms Religious Unity

January 2, 2008

Author: KASS STONE

Source: The Northwest Indiana Times

http://www.thetimesonline.com/articles/2008/01/02/news/top_news/doc541b4b60b478d58a862573c40010777d.txt

GARY | Iman W.D. Mohammed, a leader in the African-American Muslim community, offered a message of unity among Christians, Jews and Muslims at the 47th annual Emancipation Proclamation Program of Freedom on Tuesday at Western Christian...

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