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Parishes in Jakarta offer livestock for Eid al-Adha

JAKARTA (UCAN): Parishes in the Archdiocese of Jakarta, Indonesia, offered cattle for Eid al-Adha (Festival of the Sacrifice) celebrations to promote brotherhood among Catholics and Muslims in the country’s capital.
 
In all, 42 out of 66 parishes in the archdiocese offered 234 goats and seven cows for the Eid al-Adha, which fell on August 11 this year. The festival commemorates the story of the Abraham, revered by Christians, Jews and Muslims alike, who was willing to sacrifice his only son at God’s command.
 

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Christians and Muslims pray amid Marawi’s ruins

MARAWI (UCAN): Led by Father Teresito Soganub, the parish priest of St. Mary’s Cathedral, in the devastated city of Marawi in Mindanao, a group Christians and Muslims held an interfaith prayer service in the ruins of the church and a mosque on July 27.
 
Marawi which was devastated by a five-month siege in 2017 during which Father Soganub was kidnapped and held hostage by terrorist gunmen. The conflict left a trail of death, destruction, and displaced thousands of people.
 

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Enriching Christian-Daoist dialogue

TAIPEI (SE): “Encouraged by the success of this encounter, we commit ourselves to share the fruit of our dialogue (in) expressing deepest respect for one another’s tradition and agreeing to engage in sincere dialogue at local, national and international levels,” a statement released by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue at the conclusion of a symposium at the Daoist Baoan Temple in Taipei on October 16 says.

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Praying with each other not against each other

ASSISI (SE): “We have not prayed against one another today, as has unfortunately occurred in history,” Pope Francis said on September 20 in addressing a gathering of world religious leaders at an interfaith prayer for peace in the world at Assisi in Italy.

Looking at the vast diversity of his audience he noted, “Our religious traditions are diverse. But our differences are not the cause of conflict and provocation, or a cold distance between us.”

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Prayer climate in Notre Dame

PARIS (SE): The Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France, played host to an Ecumenical 

Celebration of Creation on December 3, as the United Nations Conference of Parties on Climate Change was completing its fourth day of negotiations.

The packed cathedral welcomed representatives of the Global Catholic Climate Coalition, Caritas Network, Franciscan Action Network and the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.

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Interfaith book on climate justice

LAHORE (SE): A book called The Sacredness of Creation: Spiritual Responsibility of Muslims and Christians to Care for our Common Home—Planet Earth was launched on November 9 in Lahore, Pakistan.

The publication is a collection of papers from a Muslim-Christian symposium on the environment held during February 2014.

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Interreligious delegation visits North Korea

SEOUL (SE): A delegation of 150 religious leaders from various communities in South Korea travelled to the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea for a two-day visit between November 10 and 11.

Fides reported that the leaders of seven major religions in South Korea gathered under the aegis of the Korean Conference of Religions for Peace.

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