Interfaith

Diverse Religious Rites Mark Expansion of Native American Health Clinic in Wichita

April 9, 2005

Source: The Witcha Eagle

http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/living/11351738.htm

On April 9, 2005 the The Witcha Eagle reported, "with burning sage and incense, clerical collars and embroidered silks, Hunter Health Clinic took the first step in its expansion project with a ground-blessing ceremony Friday. The ceremony reflected Hunter's heritage as an American Indian health center, beginning with a blessing by Native American spiritual leaders. And it reflected Hunter's...

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John Paul II Contributed to Interfaith Efforts Worldwide

April 9, 2005

Source: The Toledo Blade

http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050409/NEWS10/504090376

On April 9, 2005 The Toledo Blade reported, "The unprecedented sight of dozens of spiritual leaders of the world's diverse religious groups gathering in Rome for a papal funeral testified to Pope John Paul II's lifelong efforts to promote interfaith dialogue and harmony, according to a leading scholar on religious pluralism...John Paul II achieved...

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Diverse Religious Leaders Offer Prayers for Pope at Buddhist Temple in New Delhi

April 8, 2005

Source: The Hindu

Wire Service: PTI

http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/001200504082029.htm

On April 8, 2005 the Press Trust of India reported, "Religious leaders from all communities today came together under one banner in the national capital to offer prayers for the late Pope John Paul II, who they said was the greatest proponent of communal harmony. While maulvis chanted verses from the holy Quran, a Hindu priest recited the...

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Tony Blair Offers Praise for Baha’i Interfaith Activity

April 7, 2005

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story.cfm?storyid=362

On April 7, 2005 the Baha'i World News Service reported, "The prime minister of the United Kingdom, Tony Blair, has praised the work of the nation's Baha'i community in assisting social cohesion and the interfaith movement. 'In many ways, Baha'is embody the spirit of community cohesion that is so important to our society,' Mr. Blair said in a message on the occasion of the Baha'i Naw-Ruz (New Year...

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Florida CAIR Leader Expresses Condolences on Death of Pope

April 7, 2005

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/2005/04/07/Opinion/A_better_retirement_f.shtml

On April 7, 2005 the St. Petersburg Times printed a letter to the editor by Ahmed Bedier, Central Florida director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Tampa, in which he expressed condolenses for the death of Pope John Paul II. Bedier wrote, "On behalf of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Muslim community, I would like to...

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Yuba City Gurdwara Hosts Memorial Service for Pope, Invites Local Catholics

April 7, 2005

Source: Appeal-Democrat

http://www.appeal-democrat.com/articles/2005/04/07/news/top_story/news1.txt

On April 7, 2005 the Appeal-Democrat reported, "Yuba-Sutter's Sikh community provided further proof Wednesday that respect for the late Pope John Paul II extends far beyond the Catholic church. The Sri Guru Nanak Sikh Temple...held a memorial service for the pope and invited members of Yuba City's St. Isidore Catholic Church. A photo of John Paul...

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Oklahoma Community Starts Progressive Interfaith Coalition

April 6, 2005

Source: The Daily O'Collegian

http://www.ocolly.com/new_ocollycom/show_story.php?a_id=26224

On April 6, 2005 The Daily O'Collegian reported, "Stillwater residents and Oklahoma State University faculty members and students concerned about the political direction of the nation recently formed the Progressive Interfaith Coalition in the wake of the 2004 presidential campaign. The coalition was established because of the concern about 'The lack of challenge to...

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Troy National Day of Prayer Controversy Continues to Divide Community

April 6, 2005

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/2005/religion/0504/06/C01-141352.htm

On April 6, 2005 The Detroit News reported, "an interfaith group that originally asked to be included in a National Day of Prayer event at Troy's City Hall has decided it will hold the event at a house of worship after all. The group, which includes Hindus, Muslims, Jews and other religions, decided that once it was excluded from the Christian-based event, a private event...

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Hindu, Sikh Leaders Criticize Pope for Using Poverty Work as "Tool for Proselytizing"

April 6, 2005

Source: CNW Group

http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/April2005/06/c2922.html

On April 6, 2005 CNW Group reported, "Under Pope John Paul II, the Roman Catholic Church has used poverty as 'a tool for proselytizing,' an interfaith 360 Vision panel discussion heard this evening. Hindu and Sikh panelists argued that the Church has focused on aiding the destitute of Asia and Africa because it seeks to win converts in those parts of the world. At the...

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Metro Detroit Muslims Mourn Loss of Pope John Paul II

April 6, 2005

Source: The Detroit News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.detnews.com/2005/religion/0504/06/A04-141579.htm

On April 6, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "Muslims across Metro Detroit are expressing sadness and concern at the death of Pope John Paul II, who, they say, transcended the boundaries of different faiths and brought many Christians to a greater understanding of Islam. Many said they are saddened by the loss of a great...

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Islam a Consideration in Choosing Papal Successor

April 5, 2005

Source: Newsday

Wire Service: AP

http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/wire/sns-ap-pope-islam,0,361499.story?coll=sns-ap-world-headlines

On April 5, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "On one of Pope John Paul II's last major trips four years ago, he stood in the ancient Omayyad Mosque in Syria and appealed for Christians and Muslims to seek common ground rather than...

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Jews and Muslims Share Seder Meal

April 5, 2005

Source: Sun Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/palmbeach/sfl-pseder04apr04,0,2818375.story

On April 5, 2005 the Sun Sentinel reported, "the upcoming Jewish holiday of Passover served as the backdrop Sunday afternoon for bringing Jews and Muslims together to better understand each other's faiths. About 25 Muslims gathered with about 75 Jews at Temple Torah west of Boynton Beach to learn about the Seder, the holiday meal...

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Michigan Town, Home to Polish and Islamic Immigrants, Microcosm of World Response to Pope’s Passing

April 4, 2005

Source: The Baltimore Sun

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/bal-te.usreact04apr04,1,2970143.story?coll=bal-news-nation

On April 4, 2005 The Baltimore Sun reported, "As they gathered yesterday under a 10-foot-tall statue of the pope they considered to be their own, residents of this longtime Polish Catholic enclave [Hamtramck, Michigan] stood as testament to the complex challenges the successor to Pope John...

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