Author: dr-patrick-mclnerney

Youth PoWR 2019 to generate ‘The Sydney Statement’

Youth PoWR, the largest interreligious youth event in Australia, this year will be held at four compass points of Sydney on Sundays, 25 August in Parramatta, 8 September in Pennant Hills, 13 October in Lakembaand and 3 November in Bondi. Youth PoWR (Parliament of the World’s Religions) is the annual gathering of hundreds of young adults (18-35) from different faiths—Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jew, Muslim, Sikh, and more, including secular beliefs in order to strengthens intercultural and interfaith relations among Sydney youth for a more cohesive society. Youth PoWR has been an annual, one-off event, but this year it is...

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Abraham Conference 2019: Healing Memories, Making History

In a time when attacks on innocent worshippers in mosque, church and synagogue try to divide us, the Abraham Conference on Sunday 28 July will bring Jews, Christians and Muslims together to acknowledge our unique bond through our common ancestor, the Prophet Abraham (a), while accounting for our differences through dialogue and friendship. The theme of this year’s Abraham Conference is “Healing Memories, Making History: Genuine Encounters in the Present will Redeem our Past for a Different Future”. The annual Abraham Conference will be held in Sydney on Sunday 28 July at Parramatta Mission Fellowship Hall, 2.00 pm –...

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Catholics host Interfaith Iftar in Sydney

The Catholic Diocese of Parramatta and the Columban Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations co-hosted an Interfaith Iftar Dinner on Monday 20 May 2019 at the Cathedral Hall. The iftar dinner is when Muslims, who fast from dawn to sunset during the month of Ramadan, break their fast. More than 50 invited guests included representatives of the Baha’i, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh communities, politicians, university academics, leaders from other churches and representatives from the Diocese of Parramatta.  It was truly interfaith and ecumenical.Advertisements The proceedings began precisely at sunset with the Azan (The Call to Prayer) recited by Sheikh...

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To the Muslims of Australia, sorry for the hurt

To the Muslims of Australia, sorry for the hurt

To the Muslims of Australia, I wish to say “sorry” for the hurt caused to you and your families by the poll reporting that 49% of Australians want to stop Muslim immigration. Those 49% do NOT represent me, my family, my colleagues, my relatives or the many people of good faith and good will in this country.  This is what the Catholic Church teaches about our attitude towards Muslims: “The Church regards with esteem also the Muslims. They adore the one God, living and subsisting in Himself; merciful and all- powerful, the Creator of heaven and earth, who has...

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Fasting & Feasting getting popular

It was a wonderful month.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I was out most nights. I met lots of old friends.  I made new friends.  We shared meals.  We had a great time.  But we didn’t drink any wine!  What am I talking about?  Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, prayer and almsgiving.  Muslims fast from dawn to dusk – no food, no drink, no arguing, no swearing, no sexual activity.  As the sun sets in the evening, they gather with family and friends for the iftar meal (literally, “breaking” the fast).  I am a Catholic priest.  I am not...

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