New Interfaith Center in Kaduna is Crucial as a Symbol for Interreligious Peace in Nigeria

This is truly exciting. Nigeria suffers in so many ways from the tragic and unnecessary discord among its religions. Interfaith Center in Kaduna, Nigeria (photograph by Kirbyhopper.com Article originally in Ventures Nigeria will be 56 in about a month and one of … Continue reading

Continued outreach from Safi Kaskas of Bridges for Muslim Christian harmony

Monsignor Khaled B. Akasheh, PHD, serves as the Head of the Office for Relations with Islam at the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue. As such he was one of the Vatican participants in the 2008 Catholic-Muslim Forum established following the … Continue reading

His Holiness Receives Book from Bridges to Common Ground

Dr. David Hungerford and Safi Kaskas, board members of Bridges to Common Ground produced The Qur’an with References to the Bible a seminal work in which over 3,000 Biblical cross references are integrated page by page throughout a readable, modern English interpretation … Continue reading

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Dutch Mosque Groups Stand Up For Interfaith Relations

In response to incidents of anti-Semitism in Europe connected to the Gaza war, The Council of Mosques and the Union of Moroccan Mosques in the Netherlands called upon their congregations to champion respect and tolerance. A spokesperson for these Dutch mosque groups explained that they were not trying to ban or forbid criticism of Israel, but that they simply were insisting that even strong opinions  “should not be a license for anti-Semitic or anti-Muslim statements or actions.” The spokesperson also said, “all mosques in Netherlands are in agreement about that our behavior should encourage relationships of brotherhood between Islam and Judaism.” This is hopeful.

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It is to be expected that the tragic reality of the Gaza war will give rise to passionate opinions.  We pray desperately for peace and healthy life environments for all in the Holy Land.  In the mean time, we laud affirmations made by the Council of Mosques and the Union of Moroccan Mosques Netherlands. May their call be heeded. As these groups follow the clear Islamic principle to honor Christians and Jews, “people of the book,” tied together “by a common belief in the God of Abraham.” We pray that all world religions find ways to emphasize our common hopes for good and make small the effects of our differences. It is possible to live as champions of this ideal even in common activities of our day to day lives.

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Faith leaders from Central African Republic in Time Magazine’s list of 100 most influential

  Each year, Time Magazine releases an issue reporting its selection of the 100 most influential people in the world. This year’s list includes imam Kobine Layama, Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga and The Rev. Nicolas Guérékoyame-Gbangou from the Central African Republic. … Continue reading