Interfaith

"Will Pluralism Recover in Indonesia?" a Commentary by Franz Magnis-Suseno SJ

March 17, 2007

Author: Franz Magnis-Suseno

Source: The Jakarta Post

http://www.thejakartapost.com/Outlook/pol03b.asp

Indonesia arguably owes its existence to two crucial decisions. In both, a majority waived any claim to a special position in the new Indonesia for the sake of unity. In 1928, at the so-called "oath of the youth", the Javanese agreed that Malay, spoken by less than 5 percent of all Indonesians, and not their beautiful ancient Javanese, would become the...

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Faith in Charity - Charity Regulator Launches Talks with Buddhist Charities in Birmingham

March 17, 2007

Source: Media Newswire

http://media-newswire.com/release_1045435.html

(Media-Newswire.com) - The bridges and barriers to running a faith-based charity will be at the heart of discussions between the Charity Commission and Buddhist charities at a launch event in Birmingham tomorrow. The seminar is the first of its kind with the Buddhist charity community and is part of a larger nationwide campaign run by the charity watchdog to develop its knowledge of the issues facing faith...

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"The Three Pillars of Philippine Counterterrorism Policy," a Commentary by Alberto G. Romulo

March 15, 2007

Author: Alberto G. Romulo

Source: Manila Times

http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2007/mar/15/yehey/opinion/20070315opi6.html

[Excerpts from the speech given by Dr. Romulo at the Conference on Counterterrorism Cooperation, Jakarta, Indonesia, March 5 and 6, 2007]

The Abu Sayyaf group ... became the main focus of Philippine counterterrorism policy.

This policy rests on three major pillars.

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Louisville Group Finds 'Glimmer of Hope' on Mideast Trip

March 15, 2007

Author: Peter Smith

Source: The Courier-Journal

http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070315/NEWS01/703150477

A Christian, a Jew and two Muslims went on a trip to the Holy Land.

"That sounds like a bad joke," one Israeli border guard told them.

But for the four Louisville men, the trip last month was a serious effort to meet with people on all sides of the Israeli-Palestinian...

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Prayer Breakfast Gives Welcome to Other Faiths

March 15, 2007

Author: Jack Brammer

Source: Lexington Herald-Leader

http://www.kentucky.com/263/story/17483.html

FRANKFORT --Gov. Ernie Fletcher's annual prayer breakfast yesterday featured more than one voice of faith.

The breakfast came under criticism last year from various religious leaders and others for lacking non-Christian voices.

At yesterday's gathering, which attracted several hundred people at the Frankfort Convention Center, the program...

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Mosque Bombed after 8 Thai Buddhists Slain

March 14, 2007

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2007-03-14-thailand_N.htm

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — A bomb wounded eleven Muslims outside a mosque in southern Thailand on Wednesday, in possible retaliation for the execution-style killings of eight Buddhist commuters in the same area earlier in the day.

Col. Apirat Sangkhao, the police chief in Yala province's Yaha district — where both attacks took place — described the bombing as "an...

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Kids to Get Inside View of Religious Buildings

March 14, 2007

Source: Evening Times

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/display.var.1258021.0.kids_to_get_inside_view_of_religious_buildings.php

PUPILS can tour churches, synagogues and mosques without leaving the classroom in a hi-tech initiative aimed at ending religious intolerance.

The Holy Buildings project gives a virtual tour of religious buildings.

Virtual tours of St Aloysius RC Church in Glasgow and...

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Islamic Leader Urges Jews be Wary of Fundamentalists

March 14, 2007

Author: Charles A. Radin

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/03/14/islamic_leader_urges_jews_be_wary_of_fundamentalists/

CAMBRIDGE -- The president of the Islamic Society of North America warned last night that American Jews who ally with right-wing Christians to oppose Muslim organizations are pursuing a high-risk strategy that could backfire.

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Meet Sania Sayyed, a Muslim Singer of Hindu Bhajans

March 14, 2007

Source: Daily India/ANI

http://www.dailyindia.com/show/124836.php/Meet-Sania-Sayyed-a-Muslim-singer-of-Hindu-bhajans

Khandwa (Madhya Pradesh): In India, there are innumerable examples of people trying to keep alive the country's rich heritage and promoting brotherhood between Hindus and Muslims.

Take the example of teenager Sania Sayyed, a resident of Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh, who holds her audience spellbound by singing...

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Mormons Try to Alter Perceptions

March 14, 2007

Author: Rebecca Rosen Lum

Source: The News-Sentinel/Contra Costa Times

http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/newssentinel/16901068.htm

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Mormon church, long known for its inward-looking self-reliant nature, is making overtures to other faiths.

"We're trying hard to reach out," said Pleasant Hill, Calif., Bishop John Muir.

By joining in multidenominational service projects and sitting on interfaith councils,...

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"Religious Symbols in the Cross Hairs," a Commentary by Father John Flynn

March 13, 2007

Author: Father John Flynn

Source: The Indian Catholic

http://www.theindiancatholic.com/newsread.asp?nid=6614

ROME (Zenit.org): The presence of Christian symbols in public life is increasingly under challenge. Last October, a cross on the altar of a chapel at the College of William and Mary, in Williamsburg, Virginia, was removed on orders of college president Gene Nichol.

The decision sparked off a fierce debate, culminating in the...

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