| || || Articles_Religion-Faith-Traditional Faiths_2009 |
PAPAL MESSAGE FOR WORLD PEACE DAY
VATICAN CITY, DEC. 15, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Here is the message Benedict XVI wrote for the Jan. 1 World Day of Peace. The letter was
AIDE: WHEN WILL CHRISTIANS UNITE?
VATICAN CITY, DEC. 22, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The Vatican spokesman is expressing the hope that this Christmas will bring a new gift to
EXCAVATION UNCOVERS NAZARETH HOME FROM JESUS' TIME
NAZARETH, DEC. 21, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Excavations in Nazareth have uncovered an unprecedented discovery: the remains of a family
Christmas Is Not a Fairytale for Children, Says Pope
VATICAN CITY, DEC. 20, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Christmas is much more than the season of Santa Claus and sugar plums; it's God's answer
Benedict to expedite sainthood process for Pope John Paul II
18 Dec 09, Rome, Italy (CNN) -- Pope Benedict XVI is expected to sign a decree on Saturday that will put his predecessor, Pope John
PAPAL PEACE DAY MESSAGE FOCUSES ON PLANET
VATICAN CITY, DEC. 15, 2009 (Zenit.org).- As world leaders continue to hash out differences regarding climate change at a U.N. summit
HM King Mohammed VI congratulates leaders of Islamic countries on New Hegira Year
17 Dec 09, Rabat - HM King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, sent congratulation messages to leaders of Islamic countries on
UN marks Human Rights Day with call to end all forms of discrimination
10 December 2009 - The United Nations marked Human Rights Day today, the 61st anniversary of the adoption of the Universal
BENEDICT XVI: GOD MATTERS
VATICAN CITY, DEC. 11, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI says he is hoping for the success of a conference under way in Rome that is
VATICAN - RUSSIAN RELATIONS UPGRADED - THE HIGHEST LEVEL DIALOGUE
VATICAN CITY, DEC. 3, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev agreed to upgrade relations
CENTER SEEKS COMMON LANGUAGE TO DIALOGUE ON MIDEAST
ROME, DEC. 3, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The retired prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches presided over a discussion on a book
THE LEGACY OF GALILEO GALILEI - SCIENCE, PHILOSOPHY & THEOLOGY in DIALOGUE
ROME, DEC. 3, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Four hundred years after he invented the first telescope, Galileo Galilei's legacy lives on,
3 CHALLENGES FOR MUSLIMS AND CHRISTIANS
VILLEURBANNE, France, DEC. 1, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The president of the Vatican's council for interreligious dialogue says there are
ANGLICAN-CATHOLIC COMMISSION ENTERS NEW PHASE
VATICAN CITY, NOV. 30, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The third phase of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission will begin with
BETHLEHEM PREPARES FOR CHRIST'S BIRTHDAY
BETHLEHEM, DEC. 3, 2009 (Zenit.org).- In preparation for the celebration of Christ's birth, the Custos of the Holy Land led a
MINARET BAN NOT A RELIGIOUS LIBERTY ISSUE, SAYS AIDE
ROME, DEC. 3, 2009 (Zenit.org).- A vote to ban minarets in Switzerland capitalized on fear but does not fall into restricting religious
General Assembly President expresses concern at Swiss ban on minarets
2 December 2009 - The President of the General Assembly today added his voice to a chorus of United Nations concern over the
Melbourne hosts multi-faith festival
3 Dec, Climate change, indigenous rights and the west's relationship with Islam will be the subjects of one of the world's largest
CHURCH PRESERVES GLOBAL PATRIMONY, SAYS OFFICIAL
VATICAN CITY, NOV. 30, 2009 (Zenit.org).- There is a Vatican commission with the "daily and dense" task of helping to preserve the
VATICAN OFFICIAL NOTES LESSON TO LEARN FROM MUSLIMS
JAKARTA, Indonesia, NOV. 27, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Catholics can learn something from Muslims, the Vatican's official for interreligious
CONTRIBUTIONS OF ALL PEOPLE OF ALL BELIEFS NEEDED TO CONFRONT CLIMATE CHANGE
3 November 2009 - Following is the text of a message from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the dinner on the eve of the
BENEDICT XVI DEFENDS YOUNG MIGRANTS
VATICAN CITY, NOV. 27, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is appealing to Christians to reach out to migrants and refugees, especially
PRIEST-POET EVALUATES POPE'S MEETING WITH ARTISTS
LISBON, Portugal, NOV. 27, 2009 (Zenit.org).- There is a great hunger for beauty in the heart of modern man, according to a priest
CHRIST IS A KING WHO RULES WITH LOVE, SAYS PONTIFF
VATICAN CITY, NOV. 22, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Christ is a King who dominates with love, who does not impose himself but rather
ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY MEETS WITH PONTIFF
VATICAN CITY, NOV. 22, 2009 (Zenit.org).- On Saturday, Benedict XVI met with Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury,
POPE: HUMANITY MUST BE HEALED OF SPIRITUAL DEAFNESS
VATICAN CITY, NOV. 20, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Humanity needs to be saved from spiritual deafness, which blocks out the voices of God
POPE CALLS FOR CLOSING FAITH-CULTURE GAP
VATICAN CITY, NOV. 18, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The breach between faith and culture must be overcome because Christian revelation is
VATICAN CONSIDERS LIFE ON OTHER PLANETS
VATICAN CITY, NOV. 10, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Both scientists and believers posit that life is a "special outcome" in a "vast and mostly
CULTURE AND RELIGION: TOGETHER FOR EDUCATION
BRESCIA, Italy, NOV. 8, 2009 (Zenit.org).- There should be complete harmony between the cultural and religious dimensions of
POPE: EVEN RICH COUNTRIES NEED CHARITY
VATICAN CITY, NOV. 13, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is underlining the Church's specific role in promoting justice, not by politics,
CHRIST'S FACE AND A SHROUD OF MYSTERY
WASHINGTON, D.C., NOV. 2, 2009 (Zenit.org).- One of the most mysterious cloths in the world, bearing the image of a tortured,
8 November 2009 - It all started more than two years ago in a breakfast meeting with Mr. Andrey Bykov, who came to Jerusalem on
VATICAN CELEBRATES EUROPE-CHINA "BRIDGE"
SYDNEY, Australia, OCT. 28, 2009 (Zenit.org).- China is showing signs of a growing openness to faith, with some officials considering
BENEDICT XVI'S ADDRESS TO IRANIAN ENVOY
VATICAN CITY, OCT. 29, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of Benedict XVI's address upon recieving in audience today Ali
POPE: SPREAD THE WORD USING NEW MEDIA
VATICAN CITY, OCT. 29, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is encouraging media professionals to take up the challenge to use the new
PRELATE CONSIDERS CHINA'S OPENING TO FAITH
SYDNEY, Australia, OCT. 28, 2009 (Zenit.org).- China is showing signs of a growing openness to faith, with some officials
UN expert stresses role of States in promoting religious tolerance
27 October 2009 - Governments have a central role to play in either preventing or contributing to religious friction, an independent
ROME, OCT. 29, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The Vatican's official for promoting Christian unity has characterized the most recent session of
WITH ORTHODOX: "LITTLE STEPS, THE RIGHT DIRECTION"
FAITH-REASON FRIENDSHIP CLEAR IN THEOLOGY, SAYS POPE
VATICAN CITY, OCT. 28, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI today considered two branches of theology used in the 12th century,
BIOTECHNOLOGY ISN'T RISK FREE, SAYS ECONOMIST
ROME, OCT. 29, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Biotechnology might be the secret to ending the economic crisis, but it comes with both risks and
MUSLIMS APPEAL FOR PRIEST'S RELEASE PAGADIAN CITY, Philippines, OCT. 21, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Muslim leaders in the Philippines are condemning the kidnapping of a
BULGARIAN ORTHODOX LEADER AFFIRMS DESIRE FOR UNITY VATICAN CITY, OCT. 22, 2009 (Zenit.org).- A Bulgarian Orthodox prelate told Benedict XVI of his desire for unity, and his commitment
ANGLICAN ARCHBISHOP: OUR PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED
BLACKWOOD, South Australia, OCT. 20, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The prayers of Anglicans wishing to enter into full communion with the
EPISCOPAL CHURCH CONTINUES ECUMENICAL DIALOGUE
NEW YORK, OCT. 21, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The Episcopal Church will continue as normal with ecumenical dialogue as it evaluates the
CHURCH HAS GIFT FOR HUMANITY, SAYS POPE
VATICAN CITY, OCT. 18, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The Church has a message of hope that it wants to proclaim to all of humanity, says
Tony Speaks at Common Word Conference
Posted 18 Oct 2009
A Common Word is the largest Muslim interfaith initiative towards Christians to date, has provided Muslims and Christians
Poverty and Conflict: Faith as a Solution or Cause?
Posted 18 Oct 2009
Poverty and Conflict: Faith as a Solution or Cause? was the third seminar in the faith and development seminar series
Faith in the Marketplace?
Posted 18 Oct 2009
Faith in the Marketplace? the second seminar in the series entitled "New Perspectives on Faith and Development" which is being
FRATERNAL DELEGATE: WITH JUSTICE, COMES PEACE
VATICAN CITY, OCT. 14, 2009 (Zenit.org).- A leader of the Methodist Church of Nigeria addressed the episcopal assembly on Africa
POPE, BISHOPS, UNIVERSITY STUDENTS JOIN IN ROSARY
VATICAN CITY, OCT. 12, 2009 (Zenit.org).- In the context of the synod of bishops on Africa, Benedict XVI joined with university
POPE POINTS TO SAINT-MODEL OF TRANQUILITY
VATICAN CITY, OCT. 14, 2009 (Zenit.org).- In our era characterized by a frenetic pace, lack of communication and conflicts,
AFRICA, DON'T LOSE YOUR CULTURE
VATICAN CITY, OCT. 12, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The president of the Vatican's culture congregation is urging Africans to be on guard
POPE ENCOURAGES THE BUILDING OF A "TRUE CIVILIZATION"
VATICAN CITY, OCT. 9, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The memory of World War II should spur society to build a "true civilization" that is no longer based on hatred, violence and force, says Benedict XVI.
HOLY SEE ON PRIORITIES OF UN
NEW YORK, OCT. 7, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Here is the statement Archbishop Celestino Migliore, permanent observer of the Holy See at the United Nations, delivered Tuesday on the work of the United Nations at the 64th session of the U.N. General Assembly.
PONTIFF URGES FAIRNESS IN RESOLVING MIDEAST CONFLICT
VATICAN CITY, OCT. 8, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI met today with President Mahmud Abbas of the Palestinian National Authority today in the Vatican,
Faith in the Marketplace?
Posted 7 October 2009
The Tony Blair Faith Foundation, DFID, Islamic Relief, World Vision and Oxfam are working together in association with the RSA to host 6 groundbreaking seminars to discuss the new perspectives emerging on Faith and Development.
Face to Faith teacher training workshop in Singapore
Posted 7 October 2009
I've just got back from another training session in Singapore. I spent the first morning looking round National Junior College (the school that is hosting the workshop), and it was really quite fabulous.
Posted 7 October 2009
Sukkot, commemorates the years that the Jews spent in the desert without shelter and safety of permanent homes on their way to the Promised Land, and celebrates the way in which God took special care of them under impossible conditions.
POPE: LOVE CONQUERS ALL, EVEN IN AFRICA
VATICAN CITY, OCT. 5, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Love is what will overcome and heal the divisions that exist between ethnic groups and tribes on the African continent, assures Benedict XVI.
CHURCH WILL BUILD JUSTICE IN AFRICA, SAYS POPE
VATICAN CITY, OCT. 4, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is underlining the Church's dedication to fighting the injustices in Africa, by continuing in its evangelization mission and its charitable works.
PRELATE REPORTS CHURCH'S WORK IN AFRICA
VATICAN CITY, OCT. 2, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The Church's missionary activity in Africa has resulted in increased numbers of religious vocations and more lay people committed to evangelization, said the secretary general of the Synod of Bishops.
AFRICAN FARMERS SEND MESSAGE TO SYNOD
ROME, OCT. 1, 2009 (Zenit.org).- In a conference on the ecology and development of Africa, farmers, scientists and scholars came together to send a message of appreciation and appeal to the upcoming synod of bishops.
POPE STRESSES CHURCH'S ROLE IN CIVIC LIFE
VATICAN CITY, OCT. 2, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is emphasizing the Church's role in educating and forming consciences of citizens, as a positive and real contribution to civic life and public discourse.
HOLY SEE GIVES KEYS FOR AUTHENTIC DEVELOPMENT
GENEVA, Switzerland, SEPT. 27, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The centrality of the human person, an appropriate environment, justice and equality are the fundamental elements for promoting...
BENEDICT XVI OFFERS WORD TO THE WISE
CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, SEPT. 20, 2009 (Zenit.org).- According to Benedict XVI, every once in a while it's good and necessary to stop and contemplate the beauty of true wisdom.
RUSSIAN ORTHODOX OFFICIAL: TIME FOR SOLIDARITY
ROME, SEPT. 21, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Russian Orthodox Archbishop Hilarion Alfeyev says there are so many reasons for Catholics and Orthodox to cooperate in our de-Christianized world that it is time
Muslims around the world end fast, usher in Eid
Posted 21 Sep 2009
(CNN) -- Muslims around the world woke up Sunday and welcomed the end of a long month of fasting with hearty greetings of "Eid Mubarak," or happy festivities
Posted 21 Sep 2009
L'shanah tovah to all those celebrating the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. The commemoration of the creation of the world is a very important time for the Jewish community.
LONDON PRELATE GIVES 3 MODELS, SECRET TO WELL-BEING
LONDON, SEPT. 18, 2009 (Zenit.org).- In his first pastoral letter as the archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols is affirming that prayer is essential for well-being, and proposing three models of particular significance this year.
Ban emphasizes 'power of prayer' in tackling global challenges
15 September 2009 - Faith has a key role in addressing current global challenges, ranging from disarmament to climate change to the economic crisis, and in bringing people together to promote peace and progress, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.
REFORMING THE UN: HOLY SEE POINTS TO KEY ISSUE
NEW YORK, SEPT. 16, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The United Nations needs to be reformed and plenty of ideas are being floated, but what the international body really needs is selfless dedication to the common good, according to the Holy See's permanent observer.
AUSSIE BISHOPS PARTNER WITH YOUTH
SYDNEY, Australia, SEPT. 16, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The Australian prelates are expressing their commitment and support to work with young people to address injustices in their country and in the world.
Sharing our Water
Posted SEPT. 18
MultiFaith healing forum and events. A school holiday activity for the whole family. The aim of this forum is to bring awareness to water and it's scarcity...
COMMON - MultiFaith Week
Posted SEPT. 18
On each day of the MultiFaith week, faith meeting places will be open to the public. 21st September will take place at Fitzroy Town Hall from 10am.
Debating Faith and Development
Posted SEPT. 15
The Tony Blair Faith Foundation, DFID, Islamic Relief, World Vision and Oxfam are working together to host 6 groundbreaking seminars to discuss the new perspectives emerging on Faith and Development.
ENDING POVERTY: A JOINT MUSLIM-CHRISTIAN CAUSE
VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 11, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Muslims and Christians should be united in overcoming poverty, since impoverishment is something addressed in precepts held dear...
SYNAGOGUE FROM JESUS' TIME DISCOVERED
JERUSALEM, SEPT. 11, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The ruins of a synagogue from Jesus' time were discovered during excavations of a site in Magdala where a pilgrimage center...
RELIGION MUST PROMOTE FORGIVENESS, SAYS POPE
VITERBO, Italy, SEPT. 6, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is expressing the hope that by commemorating the anniversary of World War II, there will be a renewed effort to build a culture of peace for future generations.
Underlines Need to Address "Educational Emergency"
VITERBO, Italy, SEPT. 6, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is underlining the importance of Christian charitable works and social action, especially in the field of education and catechesis.
AIDE STRESSES CHURCH'S ROLE IN PREVENTING WAR
VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 6, 2009 (Zenit.org).- On the 70 anniversary of the beginning of World War II, the Vatican spokesman is affirming that the Church has a mission to do everything possible so that a similar tragedy will never happen again.
POPE ENCOURAGES ORTHODOX CONFERENCE
VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 4, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is encouraging an "opportune initiative" being organized to consider the "spiritual struggle" as understood in the Orthodox tradition.
Religion Islam Practices- Ramadan
Posted 2 Sept 2009
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and there are several reasons why it is considered important:
TONY BLAIR: SOCIETY NEEDS TO GIVE SPACE TO FAITH
RIMINI, Italy, AUG. 28, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Britain's former prime minister, Tony Blair, believes that "to be harmonious, a society must leave room for faith."
NUS Begin Universities Course
In March 2009 The Rt Hon Tony Blair gave a lecture to 600 students at the National University of Singapore (NUS) on Faith and Globalisation.
RATZINGER STUDENTS TO DISCUSS MISSION, RELIGIONS
VATICAN CITY, AUG. 21, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Mission and dialogue with other religions and cultures is the theme of this year's meeting of the "Ratzinger Schulerkreis."
PONTIFF SENDS MESSAGE TO RIMINI MEETING
RIMINI, Italy, AUG. 23, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI has sent a message to the 30th Meeting for Friendship Among Peoples, alluding to the theme of the gathering by affirming that an encounter with Christ is an "event" that creates communion. Read more.
POPE: HEAVEN'S JOYS CAN START ON EARTH
CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, AUG. 17, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Heavenly joy can begin on earth by answering God's call to share in a relationship similar to the mysterious interchange that occurred between Christ and Mary, says Benedict XVI.
Rare Buddhist relics found in Gobi desert (PHOTO)
03 August 2009 [12:12] - Today.Az
A joint Austrian-Mongolian treasure hunt team has unearthed rare Buddhist treasures, not seen for more than 70 years, in the Gobi desert.
Faith-based groups propel development, says head of UN population agency
4 August 2009 - Faith-based groups play a key role in promoting development, the head of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has said, stressing theneed for stepped-up cooperation between the world body and religious organizations in boosting the welfare of the most vulnerable.
Press sees hope in "Caritas in Veritate"
VATICAN CITY, JULY 26, 2009 (Zenit.org).- According to a Vatican spokesman, the media has offered and continues to offer extraordinary coverage of Benedict XVI's new encyclical, seeing in it a "message of hope."
Sth Africa's 1st Saint
TZANEEN, South Africa, JULY 17, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The ?rst case for a South African native saint was advanced as of?cials concluded a diocesan inquiry into the life and death of Servant of God Benedict Daswa.
ENCYCLICAL LETTER CARITAS IN VERITATE OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF BENEDICT XVI
7 July 2009
1. Charity in truth, to which Jesus Christ bore witness by his earthly life and especially by his death and resurrection, is the principal driving force behind the authentic development of every person and of all humanity.
JAMES STONER: ENCYCLICAL FORCES CATHOLICS OUT OF THE BUNKER
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana, JULY 10, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Faithful Catholics in America today often seem tempted by cultural hostility to withdraw into our own circle of faith and family, asking of law and government only that we be left alone.
Partnership with Durham University Announced
Posted 11 July 2009
Tony Blair today announced a partnership with Durham University as part of a new drive to create a global network of twelve leading research universities teaching Faith and Globalisation over the next two years.
Benedict XVI Offers Life Lessons to Obama
VATICAN CITY, JULY 10, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Abortion, conscience protection and bioethics took center stage as Benedict XVI and U.S. President Barack Obama met for the ?rst time today.
Pope Meets With Australian and Korean Leaders
VATICAN CITY, JULY 9, 2009 (Zenit.org).- As the Group of Eight summit is under way in L'Aquila through Friday, select leaders are making their way to Rome to greet Benedict XVI.
Encyclical Offers New Vision of Social Issues
ROME, JULY 7, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI offers a timely, new take on economics, politics and society in his encyclical "Caritas in Veritate" (Charity in Truth), according to the secretary-general of Caritas Internationalis.
Address of Nursultan Nazarbayev, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan at the III Congress of leaders of world and traditional religions (1-2 July 2009)
Posted 5th July
Welcome to hospitable Kazakh land!
On behalf of all Kazakhstan people I express my sincere gratitude to you for your participation at the Congress of leaders of world and traditional religions, which is being held for the third time in Astana.
II Congress of world and traditional religions (12-13 Sept 2006)
Posted 5th July 2009
II Congress of world and traditional religions was held in capital city Astana of the Republic of Kazakhstan on 12-13 September, 2006.
Three years later after I Congress, leaders of world and traditional religions met each other in Astana again, and discussed such matters as religious freedom, inter-religious dialogue, and the role of religious leaders in strengthening global security.
About Congress of leaders of world and traditional religions - I Congress (23-24 Sept 2003)
Posted 5th July 2009
President of our country Nursultan Nazarbayev as the Head of State and politician, in full measure realizing the increased role of the religion in the society, put forward the initiative of holding a forum of world and traditional religions in the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan - city of Astana.
Congress of World Religions in Kazakhstan
Article posted on this site, July 4 2009
Tony Blair Faith Foundation
For the last two days I've been representing the Foundation at the III Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional religion in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Holy See Requests Tangible Relief for the Needy
NEW YORK, JULY 2, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The Holy See is underlining the need to help the poorest countries during the recession, and to ?nd ethical solutions in order to build a sustainable economy for the future.
Obama Promises Conscience Protection
WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 2, 2009 (Zenit.org).- In a meeting with representatives of the Catholic press today, U.S. President Barack Obama assured his intentions to protect the conscience rights of health care providers.
Benedict XVI: Religion No Threat to Nation's Unity
VATICAN CITY, JUNE 28, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI af?rmed to the bishops of Vietnam that religion is not a threat to national unity, and that Church-state relations can be carried out in a spirit of cooperation.
Pope: Charity Is the Best Strategy
VATICAN CITY, JUNE 25, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is underlining charity as the source, standard and strategy of all organizations that serve the Church.
Pope's Address to Centesimus Annus Foundation
VATICAN CITY, JUNE 26, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Here is a Vatican translation of the address Benedict XVI gave June 13 upon receiving in audience members of the Centesimus Annus Pro Ponti?ce Foundation on the occasion of their international congress on: "The Values and Rules for a New Model of Development."
Obama Sets Afternoon Meeting With Pope
VATICAN CITY, JUNE 24, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The Vatican con?rmed today Benedict XVI will receive in audience U.S. President Barack Obama next month.
G-8 Bishops Appeal for Poor Countries
WASHINGTON, D.C., JUNE 24, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Bishops' conference leaders from the Group of Eight nations united to send a message to their civil leaders, calling for assistance to those most affected by poverty and climate change.
Pope: Church Has Contribution to Make in Africa
VATICAN CITY, JUNE 22, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The Church has a decisive contribution to offer Africa in terms of a type of education that works from the inside out, says Benedict XVI.
Why a Year for Priests?
VATICAN CITY, JUNE 22, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The priesthood is a gift for humanity, but it is enduring more than a few dif?culties, and the newly inaugurated Year for Priests aims to address that, says a Vatican spokesman.
Pope: There's an Answer to Empty Confessionals
VATICAN CITY, JUNE 18, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is urging priests to not become resigned to empty confessionals, but to help people rediscover the beauty of the sacrament by deepening their understanding of the Eucharist.
Pope to Syriac Leader: Eucharist Is Key to Unity
VATICAN CITY, JUNE 19, 2009 (Zenit.org).- In an audience with the patriarch of Antioch of the Syrians, Benedict XVI underlined the importance of the Eucharist as the key to unity.
Year for Priest Initiatives Flood Internet
VATICAN CITY, JUNE 19, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The Congregation for Clergy is launching a new Web site for the Year for Priests, which begins today. The enthusiasm surrounding this occasion is echoing in initiatives across the globe.
Caritas Laments Plight of Women Refugees
VATICAN CITY, JUNE 19, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Caritas is decrying the lack of protection for women and girls in con?ict zones, and is calling on governments and international organizations to act against these injustices.
Bishops Press Obama for Immigration Reform
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, JUNE 19, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The U.S. bishops' conference president is calling on President Barack Obama to work with Congress for comprehensive immigration reform by the end of 2009, and is promising to help.
Can Things Get Better? Benedict XVI Says Yes
VATICAN CITY, JUNE 14, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is affirming that we can be sure things can change for the better and we can have hope -- all because love exists.
No Authority Without Truth, Says Pontiff
VATICAN CITY, JUNE 10, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Since faith and reason come from the same source -- divine wisdom -- authority should never contradict truth, according to Benedict XVI.
The launch of Face to Faith, a new global education programme
In a world that is opening up at an astonishing speed, schools are recognising the need to equip young people with the skills to contribute to an increasingly global, interdependent society.
Humans Have Love in Their Genes, Says Pope
VATICAN CITY, JUNE 7, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Each person carries an imprint of the Trinity and its tendency toward love in his genetic material, af?rms Benedict XVI.
Benedict XVI to Children: Learn Forgiveness
VATICAN CITY, JUNE 2, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is assuring children that it is possible to peacefully coexist with people of different backgrounds, especially by practicing reconciliation and forgiveness.
Pontiff: World Needs to Hear Africa's Voice
Urges Namibia to Contribute to Development
VATICAN CITY, JUNE 2, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The needs of Africa must be presented in the international scene from an African perspective, Benedict XVI is affirming.
Set Free the Gifts of the Spirit
TORONTO, Canada, MAY 27, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Christian theology of the Holy Spirit is rooted in Judaism. The term Spirit translates the Hebrew word (ruah) and even in the pronunciation of it we detect God's wind and breath. The wind of God, the breath of God, the presence of God are all ways of referring to God's presence.
Introducing Face to Faith
Imagine bringing together young people of different faiths across the world to learn directly with, from and about each other. Imagine equipping a new generation with the skills to recognise the similarities and to respect the differences between diverse and often conflicting worldviews.
Pope2You.net to Appeal to Youth
By Mercedes de la Torre
VATICAN CITY, MAY 20, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The Vatican is set to unveil its newest Web page this week. Called Pope2You.net, the site aims to bring the words and messages of Benedict XVI to the youth.
Pope Reflects on Message of Christ's Empty Tomb
Leaves Holy Land With Words of Hope
JERUSALEM, MAY 15, 2009 (Zenit.org).- As Benedict XVI ended his eight-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land, he offered the region a reflection on the message of Christ's empty tomb: a message of hope and of the victory of good over evil.
Aide: Interreligious Dialogue Enters New Era
Father Atuire Says Pope Brought "Renaissance"
By Mercedes de la Torre - JERUSALEM, MAY 15, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI's visit to the Holy Land brought with it a "renaissance" in relations between Jews, Muslims and Christians, says Father Caesar Atuire.
Pope meets Israeli PM, discusses Iran threat
Thursday May 14, 2009
NAZARETH, Israel (Reuters) - Pope Benedict practiced dialogue and diplomacy on Thursday, discussing Iran's threats against Israel with the Jewish state's prime minister and singing a peace song at an inter-faith meeting with Muslims and Jews.
Pontiff Joins Religious Leaders in Peace Appeal
NAZARETH, MAY 14, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI met with religious leaders of various traditions in Galilee, assuring them of the Catholic Church's commitment to foster peace and work for the betterment of society.
Pontiff Speaks to Muslims of Love for God, Neighbor
JERUSALEM, MAY 12, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI says he wants Christian-Muslim dialogue to explore how the oneness of God is tied to the unity of the human family.
Religion Must Not Be Source of Division, Says Pope
JERUSALEM, MAY 11, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI af?rmed that religious differences should not be a cause of division, but rather an opportunity for encouraging others to follow God's ways. The Pope said this today in a meeting with representatives of organizations for interreligious dialogue in the Holy Land, the last public act of his ?rst day in Israel.
Day 1 of Pope's Pilgrimage Seen as Success
By Mercedes de la Torre
AMMAN, Jordan, MAY 8, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is in the Holy Land as a self-de?ned "pilgrim of peace," but he hopes to bring the region more than an absence of con?ict, says a Vatican aide following the weeklong pilgrimage.
Christians Have New Take on World, Says Pope
VATICAN CITY, MAY 6, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Christian theology offers a new vision of the physical world since Christ became part of it in taking on ?esh, says Benedict XVI.
Jordan King Breaking Precedent to Greet Pope
VATICAN CITY, MAY 5, 2009 (Zenit.org).-
The king of Jordan plans to break protocol this Friday when he receives Benedict XVI. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office, gave a briefing Monday on the Pope's upcoming weeklong Holy Land pilgrimage.
100 Rabbis Prepare to Welcome Pontiff to Holy Land
Af?rm Unity in Commitment to Interreligious Dialogue
JERUSALEM, APRIL 30, 2009 (Zenit.org).- More than a hundred rabbis of various denominations will sign a message welcoming Benedict XVI to the Holy Land and encouraging dialogue between Jews and Christians.
Arab League Of?cial Visits Pontiff
New Agreement Reached With Holy See
VATICAN CITY, APRIL 24, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The secretary-general of the League of Arab States visited Benedict XVI today after signing a new agreement with the Holy See.
Christ's Resurrection Not a Fairy Tale, Says Pontiff
Proclaims Savior's Victory Over Death... VATICAN CITY, APRIL 12, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Easter is not based on a myth, a theory or a fairy tale, but rather on the very real historical event of Christ's death and resurrection, says Benedict XVI.
A Message for Easter (from Mr. Tony Blair)
I would like to pass on my best wishes to all those marking Easter at this time, the most important festival in the Christian calendar.
The Easter story tells of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and reminds Christians of the eternal life, the new life, that is offered to all who believe in Him.
Easter is one of the most important Christian holidays. Resurrection of Jesus Christ forms the main theme of the Easter Holiday. The Western Easter day, which is also known as the Easter Sunday will be celebrated on April 12th, 2009.
Poll: Most Americans Celebrate Easter
63% Say They Will Attend Church Services
NEW HAVEN, Connecticut, APRIL 10, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Nearly two-thirds of Americans will be attending Church services this Easter, according to a poll released by the Knights of Columbus.?
Israel Approves 1st Arab Christian College
HAIFA, Israel, APRIL 2, 2009 (Zenit.org).- After gaining a long-sought approval from the Israeli government, the nation's ?rst Arab Christian university is set to be established in Nazareth.
Yale University: Faith and Globalisation
These are times of tumultuous change. The twentieth century order is history; and the forces of globalization are pushing all of the economies of the world - and all of the citizens of the world, with their great diversity of religious faiths - more closely together.Read more
Eastern Perspectives on Faith and Globalisation
In a major speech at the National University of Singapore today, Mr Blair welcomed the university's decision to initiate an academic course on faith and globalisation. The Faith and Globalisation initiative is one of the Faith Foundation's main projects.
PREACHER SAYS SPIRIT GIVES NEW CAPACITY TO LOVE
VATICAN CITY, MARCH 22, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The Holy Spirit is the new law, working through charity in our hearts to enable us to be faithful to our love for God, says the preacher of the Pontifical Household.
Tony Blair, alongside Baptist World Alliance
Tony Blair, founder of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, was present alongside the Baptist World Alliance, HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan, and others, in the dedication of the new Baptism Centre in Jordan, where he highlighted the need for openness to religious diversity.
Pope Welcomed by Cameroon Muslims and Protestants
YAOUNDE Cameroon, MARCH 17, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI received a special welcome from Muslim and Protestant leaders as he arrived at the international airport of Yaound-Nsimalen today.
Cardinal: Papal Visit to Foster Solidarity With Africa
VATICAN CITY, MARCH 16, 2009 (Zenit.org).- At this time of economic crisis, Benedict XVI's visit to Angola and Cameroon will foster closeness and solidarity with Africa, explained Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes.
Preacher Highlights Spirit's Role in Creation
Father Cantalamessa Delivers 1st Lenten Sermon
VATICAN CITY, MARCH 15, 2009 (Zenit.org).- For a more complete understanding of creation and the evolution
of the cosmos, it is necessary to consider to role of the Holy Spirit, says the preacher of the Pontifical Household.
Papal Letter Called Unusual
Spokesman Says It Merits "Great Attention"
VATICAN CITY, MARCH 12, 2009 (Zenit.org).- A Vatican spokesman says that Benedict XVI's letter released today regarding the Society of St. Pius X is an "unusual document worthy of great attention."
Pontiff Calls Unity a "Supreme Priority"
Explains Desire to Reconcile Pius X Society With Church
VATICAN CITY, MARCH 12, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The light that comes from God is being dimmed at this moment of history, and the unity of Christians is a key factor to keep God on the human horizon, says Benedict XVI.
POPE SAYS GOD'S LOVE TRIUMPHS OVER WAR AND SIN
LUANDA, Angola, MARCH 22, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is calling Angolans and all Africans to acknowledge the presence of God within them, and to bring his love and forgiveness to all people around them. Read more
Benedict XVI: Dialogue With Jews Necessary
Receives Delegation of Israel's Chief Rabbinate
VATICAN CITY, MARCH 12, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI calls dialogue with Jews not only possible, but necessary, due to the common spiritual heritage shared by the two faiths.
Blair Speaks for Right to Express Faith
LONDON, MARCH 6, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has expressed his concern about people being denied the right to express their faith.
Muslims, Catholics Join to Promote Peace
Annual Meeting Ends With 8 Conclusions
ROME, FEB. 26, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Muslims and Catholics have much in common when it comes to beliefs about peace, decided participants at an interreligious meeting: Both faiths consider that peace should permeate all aspects of life.
Muslim-Catholic Meeting Statement
"A Culture of Peace Should Permeate All Aspects of Life"
ROME, FEB. 26, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Here is the final statement from the Joint Committee for Dialogue of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the Cairo-based Permanent Committee of al-Azhar for Dialogue Among the Monotheistic Religions
Pope Says Freedom Is Realized in Service
Delivers "Lectio Divina" on Paul's Letter to Galatians
ROME, FEB. 23, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Human beings are truly free when we live in the truth of our dependency on God's love, count on him to provide all things, and serve others, says Benedict XVI. The Pope affirmed this Friday in a visit to Rome's major seminary, in which he delivered a "lectio divina" on the text of St. Paul to the Galatians: "You were called to freedom."
"At all times," he noted, "freedom has been humanity's great dream, since the beginning, but particularly in modern times."
Full text of Tony Blair's speech to the National Prayer Breakfast
It is an honour to be here. A particular honour to be with you Mr. President. The world participated in the celebration of your election. Now the hard work begins. And now, also we should be as steadfast for you in the hard work as in the celebration. You don't need cheerleaders but partners; not spectators but supporters. The truest friends are those still around when the going is toughest. We offer you our friendship today. We will work with you to make your Presidency one that shapes our destiny to the credit of America and of the world. Mr President, we salute you and wish you well.
Tony Blair launches campaign urging faith action to eliminate deaths from malaria
Tony Blair today issued a call to action to encourage people of faith around the world to act together to show the power of "a million good deeds done every day" in the name of religion.
"For billions of people, faith motivates, galvanises, compels and inspires, not to exclude to embrace; not to provoke conflict but to try to do good. This is faith in action," he said, speaking at the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC. "You can see it in the arousing of the world's conscience to the plight of Africa."
Pope Calls For Signs of Unity in Divided World
VATICAN CITY, JAN. 30, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI told a delegation of Catholic and Orthodox theologians that the unity of the Body of Christ is an "essential dimension" of the Church and of its mission in the world. The Pope said this today upon receiving in audience members of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches. Speaking in English, the Pontiff urged those who participated in the sixth meeting of the commission....
Benedict XVI Encourages Work of Christian Unity
VATICAN CITY, JAN. 18, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XIV is encouraging Christians to not tire of working to overcome the obstacles that have caused division among Christ's apostles. After praying the Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter's Square, the Pope noted that today begins the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which will conclude Jan. 25. The theme for the week, he said, "was suggested by an ecumenical group from Korea and is taken from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel: 'One in your hand' (Ezekiel 37:17)."
Pope: Work Toward Peaceful Coexistence
Notes Often "Painful" Plight of Migrants and Refugees
VATICAN CITY, JAN. 18, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Noting that migrants and refugees live often painful and difficult circumstances, Benedict XVI has urged Christians to work toward living side-by-side in peace with peoples of other cultures and religions. The Pope said this today on the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, before praying the Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter's Square. The theme for the day is "St. Paul Migrant, Apostle of the Gentiles."
UN adopts RP interfaith proposal
MANILA, Philippines-The United Nations General Assembly has unanimously adopted a Philippine-initiated resolution calling on member-states to take steps to further promote inter-religious and intercultural dialogue, tolerance and understanding. In his report to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Hilario Davide, Philippine permanent representative to the United Nations in New York
Tony Blair Leads Final Faith & Globalisation Seminar Of 2008
Tony Blair was at Yale on 11 December to lead, with Professor Miroslav Volf, the final seminar of the course on Faith and Globalisation which Yale and his Faith Foundation devised and set up earlier this year, and to announce next steps for the project. The course has run weekly throughout the autumn term, and has been a cross-disciplinary collaboration between Yale's Divinity School and their School of Management.
Tony Blair and Belinda Stronach Join to Support Faiths Act Fellowship TORONTO
-- Rt Hon Tony Blair and Hon Belinda Stronach announced that they were joining forces to collaborate withrepresentatives of a broad cross-section of the communities of faith and spiritual belief in Canada in a new proposed interfaith initiative.
Religion can spur goodness-but it depends
Belief in God encourages people to be helpful, honest and generous-but only when religious thoughts are fresh in their minds or when such behavior enhances reputation, researchers say. Those are the conclusions of a new study based on an analysis of research spanning the past three decades addressing the issue.
A Further Step Forward for Muslim-Christian Relations
Christian-Muslim relations were high on the agenda last week when the world-wide debate launched by -A Common Word- took a further step forward with an international conference at Yale, one of the world-s leading universities. The conference was co-hosted by Professor Miroslav Volf of Yale-s Divinity School and Center for Faith and Culture and by HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal of Jordan...
Pope Benedict to attend -historic- Catholic-Muslim Forum
Pope Benedict XVI would meet Muslim religious leaders and scholars later this year as part of a push for dialogue between Catholics and Muslims,the Vatican said yesterday. The occasion for the meeting will be a November 4-6 seminar in Rome. Two dozen leaders and scholars from each side will participate in the Catholic-Muslim forum...
Pope Meets Interreligious Leaders, Says Dialogue Discovers Truth
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI encouraged interreligious leaders to work not only for peace but for the discovery of truth. The pope told about 200 representatives of Islam, Jainism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Judaism gathered at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington April17 "to persevere...
Pope Urges Rethinking Church-State Relationship
Reminds France That Their Roots Are Christian. A new reflection of the relationship between Church and State needs to take into account not only the need to protect religious freedom, but also the contribution faith can make to society, says Benedict XVI...
Tony Blair Calls for Faiths to Act for Global Good
Tony Blair will today launch his faith foundation with a call for the creation of a new coalition to harness the moral leadership of people of faith to do good and to show the relevance of faith to the challenges of the modern world. The event will be moderated by Christiane Amanpour and include representatives...
Vietnam and Vatican move closer: Monsignor Parolin
A senior Vatican official said on June 11 that Vietnam and the Vatican have listened to each other and in some issues, the two sides- points of view have moved closer. The visiting Vatican Undersecretary of State for Relations with States, Monsignor Pietro Parolin, made there mark in an interview with the Vietnam News Agency...
| || |