World Religious Leaders Summit – Azerbaijan: A role model for religious freedom? | Baku Declaration of 2nd Summit of World Religious Leaders adopted — Azer News, Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan has hosted the second World Religious Leaders Summit in the country’s capital, Baku. Religious leaders from more than 30 countries attended the event to discuss ways to tackle a range of issues and build dialogue. And as Yasin Eken reports, Azerbaijan could provide the role model to achieve this. Source: TRT World 16 Nov…

Exploring the Intersection of Faith and Environmental Justice with Theologian Hussein Rashid — ac4.ei. Columbia University

Theologian Hussein Rashid discusses the challenges and possibilities he sees in environmental justice work today. By Rachel Kirk and Meredith Smith Hussein Rashid is a theologian, an adjunct professor of religion at the New School, and founder of Islamicate, a consultancy based in NYC focusing on religious literacy and cultural competency. Professor Rashid brings his…

Palestinian teacher wins global prize worth $1m|ceremony featuring tributes from Prince William, the Pope and Bill Clinton — The Guardian UK

Hanan al-Hroub, who works with children exposed to violence, wins prize at ceremony featuring tributes from Prince William, the Pope and Bill Clinton Hanan al-Hroub, a Palestinian primary school teacher, reacts after Pope Francis named her recipient of the second annual Global Teacher prize. Photograph: Kamran Jebreili/AP The Duke of Cambridge has paid tribute to…

Katholische Kirche: „Wer hoch sitzt, fällt tief“ — Pro Medienmagazin de (Who sits high, falls deeply) In German language

In seiner Amtszeit als Präsident des Zentralkomitees der Katholiken in Deutschland (ZdK) war Alois Glück auch mit der Debatte um sexuellen Missbrauch in der Katholischen Kirche konfrontiert. Glück wertet die Krise rückblickend als Chance für einen Neubeginn, während die Grünen-Politikerin Bettina Jarasch weiterhin Gefahr sieht. Andreas Püttmann, Wolfgang Thierse, Moderator Joachim Frank, Alois Glück, Bettina…

Fact Tank: Pope Francis visits the United States — PEW Research Center

Photo credit: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images. Pope Francis is visiting three U.S. cities this week: Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia. Pew Research Center surveys find that about one-in-five Americans are Catholic. A series of Fact Tank posts look at the U.S. Catholic population in light of the pontiff’s visit. A…

Media Alert: Jews Congratulate Pope Francis — Holy Land Principles org |Vatican officially recognizes Palestine, while Israel fumes — RT com

Jewish liberals and progressives reacted with enthusiasm to the announcement today that the Vatican will recognize the Palestinian State. Rabbi Michael Lernner, editor of Tikkun Magazine: a Quarterly Jewish and Interfaith Critique of Politics, Culture and Society, the most prominent voice of liberal and progressive Jews and our non-Jewish spiritual progressive allies, released the following…

Vatican officially recognizes Palestine, while Israel fumes — RT com

Pope Francis welcomes Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R) upon his arrival at the Vatican June 8, 2014. (Reuters/Riccardo De Luca) The Vatican has become the latest country to recognize the state of Palestine, after a new treaty was finalized on Wednesday. Unsurprisingly Israel has hit out at the move, saying that it damages prospects for…

In U.S., Pope’s Popularity Continues to Grow — PEW Forum org

Nine-in-Ten Catholics View Pope Francis Favorably, on Par With Ratings for John Paul II Pope Francis arrives for a special audience for the Cassano allo Jonio diocese at the Vatican on February 21, 2015. Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images Nearly two years after becoming the leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis continues to grow more popular…

Video: Pope Francis Calls for Action on Climate Change & Capitalism as Planet "Exploited by Human Greed" — Democracy now org

  Source: democracynow Published on 31 Dec 2014 http://democracynow.org – Pope Francis is set to make history by issuing the first-ever comprehensive Vatican teachings on climate change, which will urge 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide to take action. The document will be sent to the world’s 5,000 Catholic bishops and 400,000 priests who will distribute it…