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Dialogue and Interfaith Relations

Last edited 11th November 2014

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Vatican II Decree on Ecumenism (Unitatis Redintegratio). To mark the occasion the Canadian bishops have published a detailed statement on the dialogue between the Catholic Church and other Christian communities.


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Prince Charles Appeals to Muslim Leaders to Protect Christians

Last edited 5th November 2014

Prince Charles has said Muslim leaders must warn their followers about the "indescribable tragedy" of the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. The heir to the throne has recorded a video message insisting that faith leaders do not remain "silent" over a lack of respect between traditions.


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Women of the Bible Featuring Lot's Wife

Last edited 5th November 2014

Women of the Bible Featuring Lot's Wife Lot's wife lived a tough life dwelling in the sinful place that was Sodom and Gomorrah. It is interesting to put yourself in her shoes, what did she think when her husband offered her virgin daughters to a crowd full of men wanting to rape the guests that were staying with them? Why did she disobey the angels orders turning back to see the evil town being destroyed? What can we learn from her story today? Lot's Wife's legacy in scripture - Read Genesis 19:1-26.

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Religious Freedom Compromised in Majority of Countries

Last edited 4th November 2014

International Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need’s Religious Freedom in the World 2014 Report, compiled by journalists, academics and commentators, reveals worrying concerns for people of faith in 116 of the world’s 196 countries.


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My Catholic Story - Ashleigh Green on Interfaith Dialogue

Last edited 18th November 2014

In recent months, the situation for Muslims living in Australia has become dire. As appalling scenes continue to play out in the Middle East, many Australian Muslims are being associated with the actions of extremist groups like the Islamic State. On the front page of a recent Australian newspaper was the story of an Australian Muslim woman – born and bred on the Central Coast of NSW – who was abused in a doctor’s surgery for wearing the burqa.


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UN Must Act to Prevent Genocide of Christians

Last edited 2nd November 2014

Pointing to “the grave violations and abuses” committed by ISIS militants in the Middle East, Archbishop Auza, the Vatican’s nuncio to the United Nations (UN), called on the necessary UN agencies to take action “to prevent possible new genocides and to assist the increasing number of refugees”.


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Fifty Years of Ecumenical Dialogue Since Vatican II

Last edited 29th October 2014

Catherine Clifford is professor of Systemic and Historical theology at Saint Paul University, Ottawa. During an interview with Catholic Communications, Archdiocese of Sydney on Tuesday 28 October 2014, Prof. Clifford explained that most Catholics see Vatican II as the moment the liturgy changed. Although this was the most visibly experience of the people in the pews, Prof. Clifford explained that the change in the Church was more profound than that, particularly in the area of ecumenical dialogue.

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Asia Bibi to Pope Francis: Pray for Me, Your Daughter

Last edited 28th October 2014

A Catholic woman condemned to death in Pakistan for allegedly violating the country's blasphemy law has asked Pope Francis for his prayers, saying that she trusts in God’s plan for her life.


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'Don’t Abandon Us' - Church in Mosul, Iraq 'No Longer Exists'

Last edited 23rd October 2014

Reflecting on his recent trip to the Holy Land and to Iraqi Kurdistan, Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City said that for all practical purposes, the bishops of Mosul no longer have Churches to shepherd.


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Church to Appeal Asia Bibi Death Penalty

Last edited 21st October 2014

Catholic leaders in Pakistan will appeal to their country’s Supreme Court after a lower court upheld the death penalty for a blasphemy ruling against a Christian mother of five children.


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