Westminster Interfaith: Promoting Dialogue Between People of Faith

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



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When preparing the printed Newsletter we sometimes have items that do not make it into print for lack of space,or maybe the subject is no longer topical by the time of the next issue. Some that we feel may nevertheless still be of interest are offered here.


Back Numbers of Newsletter

Issue 65 – February 2010
Issue 64 – November 2009
Issue 63 – September 2009
Issue 62 – July 2009
Issue 61 – May 2009
Issue 60 – January 2009
Issue 59 – November 2008


Westminster Interfaith Newsletter

Issue 67 – July 2010

2nd National Inter Faith Week
20–26 November 2010

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Pilgrimage 2010


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The logo of London People of Faith for Peace

There are still some copies of the pilgrimage booklet, which includes information about the communities visited, at £3.00 including postage.
Apply to Jon at the office address in the left-hand column on this page.

The pilgrimage is a movement

For good reasons, much of this newsletter is devoted to the 25th multi-faith pilgrimage for peace, which was a most memorable event for all those who took part. We revisit the Catholic bishops' teaching document...
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Respect for human life – basis of respect for all beings

"Christians and Buddhists Respect Human Life as the Basis of Respect for all Beings" was the title of the Vatican message to Buddhists, at the end of May, for the feast of Vesakh / Hanamatsuri / Buddha Day, in which the major events of the life of Gautama Buddha are celebrated.

Dear Buddhist friends,
1. On the occasion of your feast of Vesakh, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue extends congratulations and heartfelt best wishes for peace and joy to all of you around the world...
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Pope Benedict will meet leaders of other religions in UK–Why?

Catholic teaching on other faiths was set down in the document Nostra Aetate of the Second Vatican Council (1965). It says: The Catholic Church rejects nothing that is true and holy in these religions...
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A summer day filled with joy, hope and peace

The 25th Annual Multi-Faith pilgrimage for peace, organised by Westminster Interfaith, the diocesan Inter-Faith agency, took place on Saturday 5th June. Over 300 people took part, some staying for the whole day while others joined or left...
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New interfaith marriage support group in Birmingham

A number of people have said they'd like to come to a meeting but Southall is a bit far. We're looking at a date towards the end of the year, so if you are in or near the Midlands and might be interested in participating maybe let me know? Heather [heather@al-yousuf.freeserve.co.uk]

25th Annual Multi-faith Pilgrimage for Peace, 5th June 2010

Over 200 people, comprised of many different faiths, met at Westminster Cathedral to take part in the pilgrimage. This started with a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Vincent Nichols...
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Further impressions on the pilgrimage

Dear Jon, Elizabeth, Margaret, Hilda, Mary, a thousand thanks for organising a wonderful Silver Jubilee of the annual Multi-Faith Pilgrimage for Peace. The Pilgrimage route and timetable must have been a Trojan piece of work with the routes and bus stops etc. The highlight for me...
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God's saving grace is for all

I was recently reading the poetry of Hafiz, the 14th century Sufi mystic. I was struck by one of his poems in which he asks: "Where is the door to God?"...
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Pope and Muslim leader embrace in UN buffer zone

On the very day that we were holding our annual multi-faith pilgrimage for peace in London, Pope Benedict XVI was in Cyprus...
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Coming together to pray

In 'Meeting God in Friend and Stranger', the Bishops of England and Wales encourage Catholics to come together to pray with those of other religions...
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A spiritual coalition for 2012

"The modern world lies under a pervasive sense of anguish, of being abandoned, or at least experiencing God as absent...
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From Brother Daniel's Diary (12)

Brother Daniel led a multifaith delegation from London at the invitation of the San Egidio Community in Rome, to commemorate the first anniversary of Assisi...
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Former Leeds interfaith advisor dies in Pakistan

Father Pat McCaffrey, 66, a former interfaith advisor for the Diocese of Leeds, suffered a heart attack while visiting Columban lay missionaries...
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The London Peace Pagoda celebrates its Silver Jubilee

The London Peace Pagoda was built by monks, nuns and followers of Nipponzan Myohoji to further humanity's quest and prayer that the world may be saved from nuclear destruction...
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Forthcoming Events

These are the events / organisers we know about, the list is not exhaustive:
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Calendar of Religious Festivals

Multifaith Calendars are seldom complete...
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Jesus at the Football Match

We took Jesus Christ to a football match between the Protestant Punchers and the Catholic Crusaders.
The Crusaders scored first. Jesus cheered wildly and threw his hat high up in the air.
Then the Punchers scored. Jesus cheered wildly and threw his hat high up in the air.
The man behind us tapped Jesus on the shoulder and asked, "Which side are you rooting for, my good man?"
"Me?" replied Jesus, all excited, "I'm not rooting for either side. I'm just enjoying the game."
The questioner turned to his neighbour and sneered, "Hmm, an atheist!"

We took Jesus up on this after the game. Was he in the habit of never taking sides?
"I side with People rather than Religions", said Jesus,
"Human beings rather than Sabbath".

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

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