(Bangkok and Pattani, Thailand | September 19, 2012)
More than 200 religious leaders, representatives of interreligious councils and peace scholars from the Association of South Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states convened in Bangkok and Pattani, Thailand on 17-19 September 2012, to address the role of religion and interreligious cooperation in resolving conflicts and building peace in the ASEAN region.
About 1,000 people attended an interfaith meeting in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday, 27 October 2012.
The gathering, known as “Together Ease Miseries”, included clergy, and laypeople representing the Baha’i faith, Buddhism, Catholicism, Islam, Protestantism and indigenous faiths such as Cao Dai, Hoa Hao and Minh Ly Thanh Hoi. People shared their personal experience of the positive power of prayer, sang hymns and recited poems on religion.
John Pandazopoulos, Minister for Tourism, Minister Assisting the Premier on Multicultural Affairs, announced today that the Board of Trustees of the Council for the Parliament of the World’s Religions has selected Melbourne, Australia as the preferred city to host the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions event, the world’s largest multi-faith gathering.
Australian Catholic University has appointed Dr Ismail Albayrak to its inaugural Chair in the Study of Islam and Muslim-Catholic Relations.
Dr Albayrak will be located within ACU National’s Asia-Pacific Centre for Inter-religious Dialogue (APCID) at the Melbourne Campus (St Patrick’s).
Australian Catholic University announced the official opening of its Asia-Pacific Centre for Inter-religious Dialogue on Thursday, 31 August 2006. The Centre was co-opened by Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster, and His Eminence Mehmet Ali Sengul, personal representative of His Excellency Fethullah Gülen.