St. Patrick: Bishop and Patron Saint of Ireland

St. Patrick, (flourished 5th century, Britain and Ireland; feast day March 17), patron saint and national apostle of Ireland, credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland and probably responsible in part for the Christianization of the Picts and Anglo-Saxons. He is known only from two short works, the Confessio, a spiritual autobiography, and his Letter to Coroticus, a denunciation of British mistreatment of Irish Christians.

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Saudi Crown Prince Committed To Interfaith Dialogue As He Meets Canterbury’s Archbishop

PHOTO: Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (CR) and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (CL) view a collection of early religious texts in the library during a private meeting at Lambeth Palace in London on March 8, 2018.
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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held a private meeting Thursday with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, where he made a “strong commitment” to interfaith dialogue, the archbishop’s office said.

During the hour-long visit at Lambeth Palace, the pair discussed the crown prince’s reform plans and Welby — the head of the Anglican church — expressed his concerns about the treatment of Christians in Saudi Arabia.

“The Crown Prince made a strong commitment to promoting the flourishing of those of different faith traditions, and to interfaith dialogue within the Kingdom and beyond,” the archbishop’s office said in a statement.

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Why do many religions object and criticize idol worship when their own followers are kissing the tombs, photos, scriptures, symbols, and even lighting candles in front of their spiritual deities and prophets?

The fact of this phenomenon has a couple of roots. The first is just a natural byproduct of limited understanding. This blinkered view might be compared to believing that the moon actually changes shape. Of course it doesn’t, but from my perspective it seems to.

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A Tribute to Bill Lesher: A Bold Visionary of the Interfaith Movement

Originally in The Interfaith Observer, penned by Joseph Prabhu

  Bill Lesher – Photo: Jean Lesher

Prabhu leads with pointing out that Lesher “was pioneer of the modern interfaith movement, and toward the end of his life, a tireless promoter of a possible new civilization for humankind.”

Lesher is quoted to say, “The very existence of the inter-religious movement is a massive change in the religious landscape of the world brought about by the technological advances that have created this age of globalization… [It] is an essential force for good that is helping humanity meet the challenges of the modern world.” 

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‘They’re just like me’: Interfaith bus tour goes inside the Chabad Lubavitch and Islamic Bosnian Mosque

Rabbi Benny Zippel of Chabad Lubavitch of Utah talks to visitors as he gives a tour as part of Interfaith Month. The attendees toured Chabad Lubavitch and the Islamic Bosnian Mosque on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018.

Imam Amir Salihovic of the Islamic Bosnian Mosque talks to visitors as they take part in the Interfaith Month bus tour on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018.

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Nationwide interfaith program launched to boost Singapore’s social cohesion

SINGAPORE: A new interfaith initiative to boost Singapore’s resilience and ensure social cohesion was launched on Saturday (Feb 3), by Singapore’s five district mayors at the Singapore Management University’s Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium.

The nationwide programme, called Common Senses for Common Spaces (CSCS) will kick off with a Foundation of Faiths series featuring four of the major faiths in Singapore – Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Hinduism. These are dialogue groups that will allow the community to engage in and have the chance to ask anything about the faith, while doing so in a safe space.

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Why interfaith programming matters at religious schools like BYU

Participants in Benedictine University’s 2017 Interfaith Retreat participate in meditative practices at a local Buddhist temple.

PROVO — Maddie Blonquist wrapped up her proselytizing mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints feeling like she still had a lot to learn. During her time in New York City, she’d been exposed to many other faiths, but she hadn’t had time to study them.

After her mission, Blonquist, now a senior humanities major at Brigham Young University, remedied her desire to know more with research and field trips. She visited synagogues and mosques and met with leaders from other faiths.

“I wanted to reach out to people that I didn’t have a chance to meet while I was a missionary,” she said

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