EUREL – Religion in Cyprus, Current Debates (2017)

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March 2017: Inauguration of the 1st Russian Orthodox Church in Cyprus

In March 2017, the first Orthodox Church of the Russian tradition was inaugurated with the participation of Greek Cypriot and Russian hierarchs, in Episkopi, in the district of Nicosia… Continue reading.

May 2017: Bill removing religion from civil marriage documents

The Cypriot government wants to pass a bill removing religious affiliation from civil marriage documents. The bill was supposed to be examined in commission at the House… Continue reading.

 

Le saint et grand Concile et la mission de l’Église orthodoxe dans le monde – pour la revue Spiritus 227(2017)

Présentation : Après le Concile panorthodoxe de juin 2016, un théologien ayant participé à l’événement en rédige un écho du point de vue de la mission. Il replace les orientations conciliaires dans leur contexte historique, puis développe les rois grands axes de la mission orthodoxe actuelle : présence prophétique dans la rencontre des cultures, au service du dialogue avec tous les humains et au service de la réconciliation et de la transfiguration du monde.

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D’Assise au Caire. Un nouveau sommet des religions sur la paix, pour quoi faire ?

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Le pape François se rendra au Caire les 28 et 29 avril 2017 pour une courte visite d’à peine quarante-huit heures, le temps de participer à la conférence internationale sur la paix organisée par le grand imam de la mosquée al-Azhar, Ahmed al-Tayeb. Cette rencontre se veut un moment fort dans les relations islamo-chrétiennes, de même qu’une réponse interreligieuse à l’extrémisme et au terrorisme…

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(Analyses, IRIS, 28 avril 2017)

Religious Extremism in Africa – IRIS

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Nicolas Kazarian: In your opinion, what is the cause of religious extremism in Africa today?

Nuruddeen Lemu: Let me begin by attempting a working definition of ‘religious extremism’. I define it as the expression of extreme and unjust positions or actions taken by some adherents of a religion based on their understanding of a religious teaching or scripture, but which the majority of adherents regard as fanatical, unacceptable and unrepresentative of their faith. The adjective “extreme” here is negative and relative to the “moderate” or “centrist” position of the majority or mainstream. I will also assume that in this discussion, ‘religious extremism’ refers to the kind of extremism, which is expressed through violence.

 Rehmah Kasule: When people talk about religious extremism, you realize that many still second-guess what religious extremism is. The media has come out with all kinds of popular jargon and brands all Muslims as “Terrorists.” We have also witnessed what is going on in USA with President Trump’s conviction that Muslims are dangerous and should therefore be banned from entering the country. Religious extremism has become  amplified such a way as to distort the public’s perception of the religion. Innocent Muslims become angered because the percpetion of their faith is being negatively distorted.

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(Observatoire géopolitique du religieux, IRIS, April 2017)