Jesus’s tomb reopens after nine-month restoration – video

From the Guardian

The newly restored site of Jesus Christ’s tomb at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City was opened to the media on Monday after a nine-month restoration. Led by a team of Greek scientists and restorers, the project focused on the Edicule, a small structure located above the spot where Jesus’s body was buried, according to Christian belief

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River Ganga Named India’s First Living Entity

Article in NDTV

River Ganga Named India's First Living Entity, Court Names Parents Too

River Ganga Named India’s First Living Entity, Court Names Parents Too

The river Ganga, said to be the cradle of Indian civilization, has been given the status of the “first living entity of India” by the Uttarakhand high court. The landmark judgment of the court gives Ganga rights similar to a living person, and is expected to have a positive bearing on efforts to clean up the polluted and much abused river. Similar status has been given to Yamuna, the tributary of Ganga, which, to the despair of courts, has practically become a sewer owing to dumping of untreated sewage and industrial pollutants.
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Bidges to Common Ground: DC Press Conference – Petr Jasek & Sudan

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(Washington, D.C.) Today, February 26, 2017, the Government of Sudan released Mr. Petr Jasek, a personal friend of Hardwired’s founder, Tina Ramirez. Mr. Jasek, a Czech citizen, had been sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of espionage on January 29, 2017. Mr. Jasek was visiting Sudan in December 2015 to provide humanitarian aid to needy Sudanese. He was taken into custody as he was leaving the country and later charged with various unsubstantiated crimes.

The Bridges Team traveled to Sudan to speak at the Horn of Africa Peace Conference and two colleges. In addition and at the request of U.S. based NGO Hardwired and its founder Tina Ramirez, Bridges was asked to help secure the release of Petr Jasek.

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King Salman to meet interfaith leaders in Jakarta: Minister

From The Jakarta Post

King Salman to meet interfaith leaders in Jakarta: Minister

A rehearsal of security procedures for the visit of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in Jakarta.

(JAKARTA, Indonesia)-  The Religious Affairs Ministry will convene religious leaders from various backgrounds in Indonesia to have an interfaith dialogue with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia when the King arrives in Jakarta for a state visit from March 1 to 3.

King Salman, who will bring 1,500 entourage members to Indonesia, is scheduled to arrive and to have a bilateral meeting with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at the Bogor State Palace on March 1. He will stay in Jakarta for the remaining two days.

Lukman said the interfaith forum would send messages of peace to the world that religions should not be used a tool to achieve political goals that could lead to extremism, radicalism and terrorism.

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Project to engage Pakistani interfaith communities launched

From Pakistan Today


(LAHORE, Pakistan)-  Provincial Minister for Human Rights and Minorities Affairs Khalil Tahir Sandhu has said that in order to create a culture of peace and coexistence we need to respect other religions and reconcile all conflicts, dismantling the culture of war and living with justice and compassion.

He stated this while addressing launching ceremony of Engaging Pakistani Interfaith Communities (EPIC), a pilot project of FACES Pakistan and the Kingdom of Netherlands, here on Monday.

Sandhu said that in the present scenario the need of combined efforts for peace and security without any discrimination of cast or creed had increased. “Our youth is a powerful force for change and their activism is in on the rise, communicating ideas aimed at catalysing positivity in society,” he said.

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Food and faith: Charleston-area Jews, Muslims come together in kitchen to inspire dialogue

From The Post and Courier

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Hoda Mabrouk, making baklava, and Arlene Rosenthal, making Jerusalem Salad, spend the afternoon cooking together and sharing stories in the kosher kitchen at Dor Tikvah Sunday, Jan.29, 2017, in Charleston.

(CHARLESTON, SC)- “Marcie approved the falafel!” crowed Ghazala Javed, a lay leader at Central Mosque, after a kosher caterer working in the same kitchen praised her crispy chickpea fritter. “Who else is ready to try it?”

Javed and Marcie Rosenberg were among the representatives of local Jewish and Muslim communities who met Sunday afternoon at Congregation Dor Tikvah to prepare a meal for an interreligious dialogue the next day. They didn’t collaborate on the menus: In addition to falafel, Javed’s group made tabbuli, rice and baklava, while the group led by Sandra Brett of the Jewish Community Center assembled matzo ball soup shooters and boiled bow-tie noodles for kasha varnishkes.

But they shared a tiny space and talked as they worked, which was what organizers envisioned when they recruited home cooks to produce the dishes for “Food and Faith,” a program focused on overlapping practices in Judaism and Islam, as well as points of culinary divergence.

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Religious institutes sign agreement on inter-faith education

From Channel News Asia

The S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies signed an agreement with six religious institutes to collaborate on enhancing religious harmony in Singapore.

(SINGAPORE)- There will be new post-graduate courses on religious diversity, as well as opportunities for inter-faith teaching exchanges, with the signing of a new agreement between the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) and six religious institutions on Thursday (Feb 2).

RSIS and each of the six institutes – the Buddhist College of Singapore, the Hindu Centre, MUIS Academy, the St Francis Xavier Major Seminary, the Taoist College and Trinity Theological College – will work together to promote greater understanding of different religions in Singapore.

RSIS’ head of studies in inter-religious relations in the Plural Societies Programme, Mohammad Alami Musa, said that while divisiveness can be seen in other parts of the world, Singapore has worked very hard to bring its people together through the exchange of experiences and knowledge.

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Interfaith gathering offers hope

From The Davis Enterprise

Reem Al Olabi, right, shares a hug with Sharon Kraak after the two met at a roundtable discussion Sunday at the annual Celebration of Abraham

(DAVIS, CA)- More than 225 local residents crowded into the St. James Catholic Church Community Center on Sunday afternoon, but only a light hum of voices could be heard. It was a time for listening.  Arriving for the 14th annual Celebration of Abraham on January 27th, residents from all manner of religious faiths  gathered under one roof to share traditions and reflect on recent events.

“We come together in our faiths to find friendship, mutual respect and support,” said Michael Hirsch of Congregation Bet Haverim, as he introduced the roundtable discussion.

“I have hope in spite of the divisiveness, bigotry and hateful speech and actions that have surfaced in our nation this last year,” Hirsch continued. “I believe we can make a difference.”

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