Pope Gregory XIII gave us the leap year – but his legacy goes so much further

Pope Gregory XIIIPope Gregory XIII (7 January 1502 – 10 April 1585), born Ugo Boncompagni, was the head of the Catholic Church from 13 May 1572 to his death in 1585. He is best known for commissioning and being the namesake for the Gregorian calendar, which remains the internationally accepted civil calendar to this date. Pope Gregory was the one who created the Leap Year, and February 29th which comes every four years.
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Parliament House: World Interfaith Harmony Week Lecture

World Interfaith Harmony Week logoThe Canberra Interfaith Forum and Religions for Peace Australia will host the annual World Interfaith Harmony Week Lecture at Parliament House, Canberra. The Guest Speaker will be Dr. Pal Dhall, International speaker and presenter on Human Values with experience integrating ethics and human values of mankind’s religions to create harmony and peace in society and culture. This event will be available on Zoom, on Wednesday 28th February from 5pm.
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Apology Breakfast 2024: Truth Telling

Dierdre Robertson - 2024 Apology BreakfastThe Shepparton Region Reconciliation Group held the annual Apology Breakfast at Queens Gardens, Shepparton, on the morning of 13 February, 2024. This day was the 16th Anniversary of the Apology to the Stolen Generations. The Guest Speaker was Dierdre Robertson, Co-Convenor of the Shepparton Region Reconciliation Group. The theme of her talk was Truth Telling, and honouring “A commitment to do more.”

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750th anniversary of Rumi’s death – Academic research and spiritual exploration

Whirling Dervishes of the Mevlana order
Dancing dervishes from the Mevlana order in Turkey: the order’s origins date back to Rumi


No Islamic mystic in the past two centuries has touched literary figures and academics in both East and West as much as Rumi. A look at the history of research into this hugely influential spiritual teacher

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The surprisingly Australian history of Chinese dragon parades

Lion Dance


10 February 2024 will be observed as Lunar New Year, a festival throughout China and South East Asia. 2024 will be the Year of the Dragon. Chinese dragons are often part of the New Year Parade. Here, The Conversation shares the history of the Chinese dragons of Ballarat and Bendigo.

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International Women’s Day with Dr Clare Looker

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The University of Melbourne, Department of Rural Health, University of Melbourne, invites you to an International Women’s Day event featuring Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, Dr Clare Looker. This is a hybrid event, held at Graham St Shepparton and online on 5 March 2023, at 5:30 PM.

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The task of repairing words, and the world, after the Holocaust


Anti-Semitic sign that reads Juden sind hier unerwunscht (Jews Are Unwanted Here)
Anti-Semitic sign that reads Juden sind hier unerwunscht (Jews Are Unwanted Here)
27 January is Holocaust Remembrance Day, world-wide. Here is a talk given at Sydney Jewish Museum on 28 January. The task for my generation — the last that will know the survivors of the Holocaust personally — is to hold “that, which happened” in our hearts, not simply as an historical event, but as an eternal caution against hate and prejudice, writes Simon Tedeschi.
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Australia Day: Gratitude Unveiled, Responsibilities Embraced

Australia Day - 2024 - Australia goes beyond just being a country, and Australia Day goes beyond a mere commemoration; for immigrants, it becomes a symbol of hope and safety, a place of refuge from difficult journeys across seas and deserts and the dangers of human trafficking. It’s not just a piece of land; it’s a sanctuary full of opportunities where immigrants, after facing challenges, find comfort and the promise of a better life. Here, one person granted citizenship writes on the importance of Australia Day and what Australia has to offer.
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India’s new Rama temple saw half a million visitors on its first day open to the public

Ram Mandir Ayodhya Janma Bhoomi

Ayodhya, India CNN — Half a million people entered the new Ram Mandir on Tuesday, a controversial Hindu temple in the holy town of Ayodhya that is built on the ruins of a destroyed 16th century mosque.

Huge crowds of devotees queued outside the temple in the early hours of the morning carrying saffron flags and religious offerings on the first day the large complex was open to the public.

A day earlier Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a statue of Lord Ram, one of Hinduism’s most revered deities, in the building’s inner sanctum in a ceremony widely seen as a landmark departure from India’s secular foundations post-independence.

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How do you bring your spiritual self to your job and make sure you are doing more good than harm?

Work is Worship, duty is GodAccording to some major religions, work is a crucial arena for spiritual connection. The average person will spend 90,000 hours – about 20% of their waking life – at work. The French philosopher Simone Weil calls work “part of an ever-renewing rhythm of human existence”. ⁠Work is my everyday existence. How can it also be the site of my spirituality?

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Raising our Tribal Voice for Justice: An Indigenous Theological Revolution

Raising our Tribal Voice for Justice: An Indigenous Theological RevolutionThe University of Divinity will join The School of Indigenous Studies to host a 4-day conference in February 2024 – Raising our Tribal Voice for Justice: An Indigenous Theological Revolution.
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Lunar Dharma Dates for 2024: Buddha Days, Recurring Puja Days, Annual Celebrations in Three Buddhist Traditions

Lunar Dharma Dates for 2024
Most special days in Buddhist Practices tend to align on lunar calendars. Buddha’s birthday, for example, varies on the Western calendar year-to-year. Losar, or Tibetan New Year, is celebrated on the Lunar calendar. The most important days of the entire year are typically the “Buddha Days” at the beginning … here we present Lunar Dharma Dates for 2024: Buddha Days, Recurring Puja Days, Annual Celebrations in Three Buddhist Traditions

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Nobody has to be alone this Christmas

Christmas LunchTHIS Christmas, no one in Shepparton needs to celebrate alone, thanks to the “Christmas for Those Alone Lunch”. The event, scheduled for the 25th of December at the Macintosh Centre Shepparton Showgrounds, aims to provide a warm and joyous Christmas experience for those who might otherwise spend the holiday season in solitude.
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