Ecumenical Patriarch: Islam is not terrorism

Ahead of Pope Francis’s visit to Egypt, the spiritual head of the Orthodox Church, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, offered a blueprint for the future of interreligious dialogue based upon recognizing the central role religion plays in human life. He was speaking Thursday at the same event Pope Francis was scheduled to address on Friday.

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Book Review: Dark Emu

The myth of the indigenous Australian as a hunter-gatherer living off the gleanings of boomerang and spear is alive and well in the 21st Century in Australia. The book Dark Emu presents compelling evidence that Aboriginal people did build houses, did build dams, did sow, irrigate and till the land. The British perceptions of an untamed, un-tilled land with no husbandry is plainly untrue. So also is the perception that Aboriginals were not farmers.

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Robbing the jihadists of their advantage



In contrast to other cities in Belgium, violent Islamists have found next to no adherents in Mechelen. This is primarily due to the efforts of Mayor Bart Somers: he demands that everyone integrate – into a multicultural reality. There is one single youth club – for everybody … Shepparton Interfaith Network considers this a viable operation for Shepparton and District.

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ANZAC: Multicultural, Multifaith


ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day is the  anniversary of the landing of troops from Australia and New Zealand on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, in World War I on April 25, 1915. It is also a day of remembrance for those who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peace-keeping operations. In this article, we glimpse multicultural and multifaith aspects of ANZAC Day.

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Yom Ha’Shoah: Remembering the Holocaust

24 April: Yom Ha’Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) is a day set aside to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust or Shoah. Many Australians with Jewish ties or heritage observe Yom Ha’Shoah. It commemorates the lives and heroism of Jewish people who died in the Holocaust between 1933 and 1945.
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Holy Week Shepparton and District, 2017


Holy Week is the commemoration of the last week of Jesus Christ on Earth in his mortal coil. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday and leads up to Easter Sunday. On Thursday evening of Holy Week, there is a celebration of the Lord’s Supper, and the action of the passion of Jesus Christ is observed on Good Friday – with Stations of the Cross and a reading of the Passion of Christ from one of the gospels. Easter Day – the day of resurrection of Jesus, is observed sometimes at Midnight, often with a dawn service commemorating the Resurrection, and services on Easter Day itself. We bring a listing of services during Holy Week.

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A Sacred Season



In this time of the public observances of the Passion of Jesus and the Resurrection, is the major festival of the Christian religion. It is also the time of Passover of the Jews, the great event of the freedom of the Jewish nation from tyranny and the passing of the Red Sea. There are also observances in other religions which we mark at this time.

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