Westminster Interfaith: Promoting Dialogue Between People of Faith

The agency of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster for Interreligious Dialogue



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Westminster Interfaith Newsletter

Issue 66 – May 2010

Westminster Interfaith's
25th annual
Multifaith Pilgrimage for Peace

Saturday 5th June 2010
starting 9am at
Westminster Cathedral

ending with a visit to Brother Daniel's grave
in Wandsworth around 6.30pm.
See article 25th pilgrimage for more details.

The Church is universal

Greetings to all Christians celebrating Eastertide; a Happy New Year to the Sikh community, who celebrated Vaisakhi Day on the 14th April; to the Baha'i community, who celebrate 12 days of Ridvan from 21 April to 2 May; to the Buddhist community for Vaisakhi; and to the Jewish community for Shavuot (Pentecost)...
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Choosing the Common Good and the elections

No doubt, you will be aware of the statement made by the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales entitled Choosing the Common Good. It was published in preparation for the forthcoming elections and deals with important themes that affect our society right now...
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From Brother Daniel's Diary (11)

17 July 87. This idea of 'seekers' which has been in my mind ... because I have encountered some ... more and more ... as I have grown in interfaith, reminds me of the 100th sheep that the shepherd went after leaving all the others behind ...
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25th annual multi-faith pilgrimage for peace, Saturday 5th June

It's that time of year again, when we ask you to sign up for this annual event. This year, we have decided to visit people and places that are particularly important to the existence of the pilgrimage...
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New teaching document on interreligious dialogue

"Meeting God in Friend and Stranger: fostering mutual respect and understanding between the religions" is a new teaching document on interreligious dialogue from the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales...
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Bishops and Religious arrested in India for defending Dalits

Numerous religious, including three bishops, were arrested for taking part in a demonstration near Chennai in March in defense of the rights of Christian and Muslim "untouchables."...
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Feast of Mary for both Muslims and Christians in Lebanon

On 25 March, Christians and Muslims in Lebanon celebrated the Feast of the Annunciation as a national holiday for the very first time. The Lebanese government decreed the Feast of the Annunciation as a common feast for Christians and Muslims...
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INDIA – Christian and Hindu women stress reconciliation

On March 8, some 4,500 Christian and Hindu women marched in Orissa's Kandhamal district (the center of anti-Christian violence in 2008), demanding interfaith harmony and development. The march was to mark International Women's Day...
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A winter celebration of faith

Probably not connected to the Marian feast of the Immaculate Conception, but, on Tuesday 8th December, last year, an inter-faith event took place at King's College...
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The 13th Day – New Film on Fatima – a film for all faiths

With Pope Benedict XVI due to visit Portugal in May this year, it seems appropriate to announce the production of a new film detailing Our Lady's apparition to three shepherd children in Fatima...
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Focolare President's Trip to Asia: in dialogue with Buddhists

With the blessing of Pope Benedict XVI, Maria Voce, the new president of the Focolare Movement began 2010 with her first trip to Asia, to visit Focolare communities...
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Egypt restores monastery as a symbol of religious harmony

Egypt's chief archaeologist recently unveiled an extensive renovation of the oldest monastery in the world, touting the work at the 1,600 year-old-site as a symbol of peaceful coexistence...
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Pope encourages Bishops to dialogue with Muslims in Sudan

A necessary ingredient to consolidating peace in Sudan is interreligious dialogue that fosters respect and understanding, especially...
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Pope sends condolences for Sheikh Tantawy

Sheikh Muhammad Sayyid Tantawy, the Grand Imam of al-Azhar Mosque and Grand Sheikh of al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt died suddenly...
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Nigeria Clash Isn't About Religion

Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Abuja explained that the violence near Jos is a "classic conflict between herdsmen and farmers, only the Fulani are all Muslims and the Berom all Christians...
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Proposal for Inter Faith Walks in 2012

South London Inter Faith Group plans to work with other organisations across London to arrange a coordinated inter faith walk event in 2012 at the time of the Olympics and Paralympics...
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Forthcoming Events

These are the events / organisers we know about, the list is not exhaustive:
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National Inter Faith Week 21-27 November 2010

The Interfaith Network for the UK www.interfaith.org.uk recently announced that an Inter Faith Week will take place across England and Wales...
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Calendar of Religious Festivals

Multifaith Calendars are seldom complete...
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The contented fisherman

The industrialist was horrified to find the fisherman lying beside his boat, relaxing.
"Why aren't you out fishing?" he said.
"Because I have caught enough fish for today," he replied.
"Why don't you catch more fish?"
"Why should I?"
"To earn more money, of course, buy a bigger boat and catch more fish and earn more money to buy bigger boats."
"Then what?" asked the fisherman.
"Then you can become rich like me."
"Then what would I do?"
"Then you could really enjoy life."
"What do you think I'm doing now?"

Is it better to have a fortune or a capacity for enjoyment?

Adapted from 'the song of the bird' by Anthony de Mello, S.J.
Used by kind permission of the publishers, Gujerat Sahitya Prakash Anand. India.

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