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Ramadan 2018: How Muslims celebrate the revelation of the Koran

Ramadan 2018: How Muslims celebrate the revelation of the Koran

by: Rozina Sabur - The Telegraph in Ecumenism,

 As the holiest month of the year, it is a crucial period for practising Muslims and underpins some of the religion's core values, such as prayer and giving to charity. Overall Ramadan is a time for Muslims to exercise self-discipline and restraint both spiritually and physically, as well as empathising with the plight of the poor.

Pope to travel to Switzerland, visit World Council of Churches office

Pope to travel to Switzerland, visit World Council of Churches office

by: La Croix International staff - Vatican City in Ecumenism,

 The visit to World Council of Churches (WCC) headquarters is believed to be the main focus of the one-day papal trip. The Vatican is expected to confirm the visit at a press conference on Friday when Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC secretary general, will highlight initiatives to mark the World Council of Church's 70th anniversary.

Deeper issues behind closing Holy Sepulcher

Deeper issues behind closing Holy Sepulcher

by: Christa Pongratz-Lippitt-La Croix International in Ecumenism,

Father Nikodemus Schnabel OSB, who also serves as spokesman for the Benedictines in Jerusalem, says the deeper reason behind the unprecedented action to close Christianity’s holiest site was to preserve the vision and nature of Jerusalem as a holy place for all believers.

Muslim Leaders and Vatican put Faith in Dialogue

Muslim Leaders and Vatican put Faith in Dialogue

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in Ecumenism,

The Austrian summit of religious leaders was organised by the Vienna-based KAICIID centre (King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue) established by Saudi Arabia and with the Holy See, Austria and Spain as founder members. Its board comprises members from all the major religions.

Search for the Promised Land: Zionism and the Church.

Search for the Promised Land: Zionism and the Church.

by: Gavin D'Costa - The Tablet in Ecumenism,

As the head of the Church, said Pope Pius X in 1904, I cannot tell you anything different. The Jewish religion was superseded by the teachings of Christ, and we cannot concede it any further validity.” This was the standard Catholic view. But what if the Church were to deem Judaism “valid”? 

Hindu attacks on Christians double in India

Hindu attacks on Christians double in India

by: Saji Thomas, Bhopal - UCANews in Ecumenism,

Hindu attacks on Christians in India have doubled in the past year as part of an unprecedented trend to portray Christians as acting against the state, its religious tolerance and national ethos, according to a newly released report. The country recorded 736 incidents of attacks against Christians in 2017 against 348 in 2016.

Hindu hardliners attack Indian Christian schools

Hindu hardliners attack Indian Christian schools

by: Saji Thomas, Bhopal - UCANews in Ecumenism,

Christian leaders see the trend as part of a Hindu strategy to portray Christians as lawbreakers who do not respect Indian traditions. Militants have alleged that Hindu students, who are a majority at church-run schools, are not able to worship the goddess of learning, Saraswati.

Sri Lankans mourn Buddhist monk who dies after elephant attack

Sri Lankans mourn Buddhist monk who dies after elephant attack

by: Kingsley Karunaratne, Colombo-UCANews in Ecumenism,

Venerable Wimalarathana Thera attempted to build interreligious harmony in post-civil war Sri Lanka. He was also the vice president of the Congress of Religions, a body of national religious leaders.Retired Archbishop Oswald Gomis, a member of the Congress of Religions, said that Venerable Wimalarathana Thera was associated with good number of Catholic priests, Anglican ministers and also Muslims and Hindus.

 


Relics of St Thomas Becket discovered in Italy

Relics of St Thomas Becket discovered in Italy

by: Christopher Wells - Vatican News in Ecumenism,

The town of Mottola in Italy has re-discovered relics of its patron saint, Thomas Becket. The martyrdom of St Thomas Becket in his cathedral at Canterbury shocked the Christian world in the Middle Ages. Immediately after his death, miracles began occurring at his tomb, and the English Archbishop soon became one of the most popular saints in the Church. 

The Strange Death of Protestant Britain

The Strange Death of Protestant Britain

by: Ian Bradley - The Tablet in Ecumenism,

There are almost certainly more Catholics than Anglicans in England, and more Catholics than Presbyterians in Scotland, attending church on a Sunday morning. Protestantism has become an anachronistic if not a dirty word. Archbishop Justin Welby, a figure on the Evangelical wing of the Church of England, has said that he would prefer not to describe himself as a “Protestant”.

Christmas in the Koran — how Maryam gave birth to Jesus under a date palm

Christmas in the Koran — how Maryam gave birth to Jesus under a date palm

by: Sameer Rahim - The Telegraph in Ecumenism,

The Koran says that Mary, a young virgin, is told by God she will produce a “pure son.” When the birth pangs come she retires to a palm tree. Suffering alone (Joseph is not mentioned), God tells her to shake the tree, from which fresh dates fall. Again there is a parallel: in the Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew, when the holy family stops off on the way to Egypt.

Russian Orthodox bishop visits apostolic nuncio in Tokyo

Russian Orthodox bishop visits apostolic nuncio in Tokyo

by: ucanews.com reporter, Tokyo in Ecumenism,
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk visited the Apostolic Nunciature Nov. 8 where he talked with nuncio Archbishop Joseph Chennoth. Metropolitan Hilarion was accompanied by two Orthodox clerics, officials from the metropolitan's office and the Russian embassy.
Buddhists, Christians must reclaim values that lead to peace, pope says

Buddhists, Christians must reclaim values that lead to peace, pope says

by: Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service in Ecumenism,

Christians and Buddhists are called by faith to overcome evil with goodness and violence with peace, Pope Francis said during a meeting with leaders of Myanmar's Buddhist community. Pope Francis met Nov. 29 with members of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee, a government-appointed group of senior Buddhist monks who oversee some 500,000 monks and novices in Myanmar, where close to 90 percent of the population follows Buddhism.

Pope's talk with hardline monk shades interfaith meeting

Pope's talk with hardline monk shades interfaith meeting

by: Michael Sainsbury and John Zaw - UCA News in Ecumenism,

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said the pope stressed "unity in diversity" in his private meeting with Myanmar's Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders which was a late addition to his official schedule. In the inter-faith meeting at the archbishop's residence in Yangon, Pope Francis told religious leaders to work together to rebuild the country and that if they argue, they should argue like brothers, who reconcile afterwards.

Archbishop of Canterbury to lunch with Pope Francis today.

Archbishop of Canterbury to lunch with Pope Francis today.

by: Christopher Lamb-The Tablet in Ecumenism,

The Archbishop of Canterbury will meet and have lunch with Pope Francis today, in what will be the pair’s fourth meeting together in in the Vatican. Archbishop Justin Welby travelled to Rome to formally commission his new Personal Representative to the Holy See and Director of the Anglican Centre, Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi, which took place during evensong last night. 

Critical time in history for Muslims and Christians in India

Critical time in history for Muslims and Christians in India

by: M.P. Raju, New Delhi - UCANews in Ecumenism,

India, as a nation, goes through a critical time in history when its religious minorities are badly needed by its majority community — the Hindus. The major religious minorities — Muslims and Christians — have a vital role to play in helping guard against excessive religious and cultural nationalism.