Interfaith

Interview: David-Maria Jaeger

By Ilaria Myr, July 7, 2011

David-Maria Jaeger is no ordinary priest. He has worked closely with two popes, spent 19 years as a legal adviser to the Vatican in its talks with Israel and, last month, was sworn in as a judge at the Papal Court, the highest court of the Catholic Church.

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Methodists and Jews repair rifts

By Marcus Dysch, July 7, 2011

Methodist Church members took part in a mock Seder this week as efforts continued to repair relations between the church and the Jewish community.

A year after Methodists passed a policy calling for a boycott of goods from "illegal" Israeli West Bank settlements, relations thawed sufficiently for more than 100 Methodist conference delegates to join the event.

There has been "clear movement i

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Chief criticises faith coverage in media

By Simon Rocker, July 7, 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has criticised media coverage of religion, saying that the failure to report interfaith work was leading to negative perceptions among the public.

He told a House of Commons select committee last Thursday: "Up and down the country, religious groups are getting together across the boundaries between faiths."

But he went on: "It is our complete failure ever to get publi

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Bercow hails Three Faiths scheme

By Marcus Dysch, June 23, 2011

Commons Speaker John Bercow addressed students at the finale of the Three Faiths Forum's leadership programme.

It served as the graduation of 45 students who took part in the UN-award winning Undergraduate ParliaMentors (UP) scheme, encouraging students from different religions to work together.

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Interfaith aid for medics

By Jessica Elgot, June 23, 2011

Cambridge University is sponsoring a programme for Jewish, Christian and Muslim trainee doctors and nurses at five Israeli hospitals to teach them the Koran, the New Testament and the Torah.

The Cambridge Interfaith programme, part of the university's divinity faculty, is supporting the new workshops, run by the Middle Eastern branch of the British-based Three Faiths Forum.

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Interfaith effort to fight San Francisco circumcision ban

By Jennifer Lipman, June 16, 2011

A Jewish congressman has been backed by a Muslim politician in his fight to prohibit US cities from banning circumcision.

Brad Sherman, a Californian Democrat, is set to introduce a bill to counter the San Francisco campaign to make circumcision illegal for underage males.

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Queen's Honours List: Michael Howard, Janet Suzman and more

By Jessica Elgot and Jennifer Lipman, June 11, 2011

The former Conservative leader Michael Howard has been made a Companion of Honour. He was honoured in the Queen's Birthday Honours List along with one of Britain's leading champions of interfaith relations, an Oscar-nominated actress and a rabbi.

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Winer comes back to promote tolerance

By Simon Rocker, May 26, 2011

Rabbi Mark Winer returned to live in the United States last autumn after his retirement as West London Synagogue's senior minister.

But he has not left Britain behind, having just concluded a 10-day visit here on behalf of his new enterprise, Faith - the Foundation to Advance Interfaith Trust and Harmony.

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Blitz bombing victims are remembered

By Bernard Josephs, May 19, 2011

Faded photographs of smiling young Londoners shortly before their lives were cut short are all that remains of victims of one of the capital's worst wartime disasters.

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Young Brits join Tony Blair's fight against malaria

By Jennifer Lipman, May 12, 2011

Two British Jews are among 30 young people who have been selected from more than 700 hopefuls to become fellows of Tony Blair's Faith Foundation.

From July Catherine Mansoor, from Middlesex, and Anthony Silkoff, from Essex, will be joined on the programme by three Jewish fellows from North America, as well as representatives from Christianity, Islam and other world religions.

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