‘If the land is sick, so are we’: Australian First Nations spirituality explained

Aboriginal Religious art

As an interfaith network, respect is given to all religions and spiritualities. In particular, we do not speak about Indigenous spirituality, rather, we allow indigenous peoples to share their law, their practice, their spiritual beliefs. We are coming to know that their presence in this land is older than 60,000 years – so these beliefs handed down in oral tradition are older than the Abrahamic religions. Here, this article by Joshua Waters, Senior Research Fellow, Indigenous Knowledges, Deakin University shares beliefs about the wellness of the land and the wellness of those who inhabit it.

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Pope Francis issues G7 Leaders challenge on Artificial Intelligence

Pope Francis speaks at the Group of Seven meeting in Italy

BARI, Italy — Pope Francis challenged leaders of the world’s wealthy democracies on Friday to keep human dignity foremost in developing and using artificial intelligence, warning that such powerful technology risks turning human relations themselves into mere algorithms.

Francis brought his moral authority to bear on the Group of Seven, invited by host Italy to address a special session at their annual summit on the perils and promises of AI. In doing so, he became the first pope to attend the G7, offering an ethical take on an issue that is increasingly on the agenda of international summits, government policy and corporate boards alike.

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Hajj – a vision of interfaith solidarity

Kaaba - the goal of the Hajj pilgrimageThe Islamic Pilgrimage to Mecca in 2024 occurs from Evening of Friday, 14 June 2024 – Wednesday, 19 June 2024 when Muslims turn to the Kaaba as a common centre point, they are reminded of their sacred bond with the entire human race and their special relationship with the other Abrahamic religions.
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Pope Francis and Artificial Intelligence

Pope against the machineWhen Pope Francis delivered a message for the World Day of Social Communications, he focused on Artificial Intelligence. The topic clearly preoccupies him, having previously discussed it in his message for the World Day of Peace. There, he reflected on the place that Artificial Intelligence has in war-making and the place it could have in peace-making. He also suggested that the Congregation of the Faith bring it into their discussion of pressing ethical concerns.
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Pope to Buddhists: ‘Let’s work together for a more inclusive world’

Pope Francis with BuddhistsPope Francis receives a delegation of Buddhist monks from the Wat Phra Cetuphon temple (also known as the Wat Pho) of Bangkok, one of the most important Buddhist temples in Thailand, and encourages them to continue fostering dialogue and cooperation for a better world.
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Community Memorial Event

candles in the darkGV Hospice is organising their second Community Candlelight Memorial Event in May to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones lost over the past 12 months. All members of the Community are invited to light a candle and write a message for those they wish to remember. The event will take place at the lake foreshore, at the amphitheatre behind the SAM building. The candlelight event will take place from 5.30pm until 6.30pm on Wednesday 22nd May 2024.
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The Buddhist festival Vesak returns to Shepparton

Vesak LanternsBUDDHISTS around the world are preparing for the Vesak Day Celebrations, which will take place on Thursday, May 23. Vesak, otherwise, known as Buddha Day is traditionally observed by Buddhists from South and Southeast Asia, Tibet and Mongolia, and is celebrated by millions of Buddhists around the world. Vesak will be celebrated in Queens Gardens, Shepparton, on afternoon of 18 May 2024, commencing at 4:00pm

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Sacred Ecology: An Interfaith Perspective

Patriarch Bartholomew I

Patriarch Bartholomew I, the Archbishop of Constantinople and the spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox Christians, is in Lisbon this week for a conference on interreligious dialogue.

On Wednesday morning, he delivered a stirring speech to the KAICIID interfaith forum on the “spiritual obligation” to fight against climate change.

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Understanding the Crusades from an Islamic perspective


Twentieth-century depiction of a victorious Saladin with Guy de Lusignan after battle of Hattin in 1187.
Said Tahsine (1904-1985 Syria) –

Suleiman Mourad, Réseau français des instituts d’études avancées (RFIEA)

What if the Crusades’ history was told from an Arab perspective? In fact, in 2016 al-Jazeera TV did just that. It released a four-episode documentary on the Crusades, and the trailer introduced the subject in the following words: In the history of conflict between East and West. The mightiest battle between Christianity and Islam; a holy war in the name of religion. For the first time, the story of the Crusades from an Arab perspective.

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May 5 marks Orthodox Easter. Why is it celebrated after Easter in the west?

The Ecumenical Patriarch celebrates Orthodox Easter
The Ecumenical Patriarch celebrates Orthodox Easter

For the more than half-a-million Australians who identify as Orthodox Christians, today is a significant day.

Sunday May 5 is Orthodox Easter, a date which falls more than a month after the more-widely recognised western Easter Sunday which is celebrated as a public holiday in Australia.

In both churches, Easter is considered the most important and holy occasion in the Christian calendar.

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Shepparton: Vesak Celebration 2024

Buddhists with idol Vesak is when Buddhists worldwide – and in Shepparton and across Australia – come together and recollect the Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and passing. Vesak is an international celebration and listed among UN Observances. Buddhism is one of the world’s oldest philosophies of non-violence and has practiced peaceful relations for over 2600 years. In this day and age, Buddhism continues fostering of world peace. For the ninth year, The Buddhist Association of the Goulburn Valley will be celebrating Vesak in Shepparton on Saturday 18th of May 2024 from 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm at the Queen’s Gardens.
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Plato’s final hours recounted in scroll found in Vesuvius ash

Statue of PlatoMany who seek religion along with peace and harmony among the religions of Earth have studied philosophy: Aristotle, Plato, Socrates and others. Here, we bring you news of the results of advanced digital imaging, which gives startling information about the last hours of Plato. Newly deciphered passages from a papyrus scroll that was buried beneath layers of volcanic ash after the AD79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius may have shed light on the final hours of Plato, a key figure in the history of western philosophy.

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Exploring Indigenous Spirituality: Insights from the ‘Raising Our Tribal Voice for Justice’ Conference

Exploring Indigenous Spirituality: Insights from the ‘Raising Our Tribal Voice for Justice’ Conference

Spiritual Directors from Dayspring Spirituality Centre in Perth, Heart of Life in Melbourne, and Wellspring in Canberra converged at the Raising Our Tribal Voice for Justice conference, hosted by the University Of Divinity’s School Of Indigenous Studies. Held at St Paschal Chapel across four days from 5-8 February 2024, this conference served as a platform for profound intercultural dialogue and spiritual exploration.

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China to relocate Buddhist monastery in Tibet

Atsok Gon Dechen Choekhorling Monastery

Chinese authorities have begun relocating a 19th-century Buddhist monastery in Tibet that is expected to be submerged underwater after the completion of the world’s tallest 3D-printed hydropower dam, says a report.

The relocation of the Atsok Gon Dechen Choekhorling Monastery in Dragkar County began following an order from the Department of National Heritage in 2023, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on April 12.

The heritage department had declared that the artifacts and murals inside the monastery were of “no significant value or importance,”in response to a two-year-long campaign from the monks seeking a cancellation of the relocation order.

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