» 06/21/2010, 00.00
VATICAN – LEBANON
Oasis: educating Christians and Muslims to save the world from scientific and religious fundamental
Lebanon is and was (even during the civil war) a model of life together because of its schools and universities. Card Tauran notes a movement back to religion in secularised societies. Card Scola says fundamentalism can be defeated by educating in truth and freedom.
23/06/2010 VATICAN – LEBANON
Oasis: Islamic states and Western secularism stifling education
In the Middle East, Lebanon’s pluralism is an exception. In Egypt, Christians are seen as “god-less”. In Pakistan, they cannot talk about Islam for fear of being accused of blasphemy. In France, secularism is stifling every religious dimension of society.
17/06/2010 LEBANON – ITALY
The Oasis international scientific committee meets in Beirut
The event, set for 19-23 June, will focus on the topic of “Education between faith and culture”. More than 70 Catholic and Muslim religious and intellectual figures are expected to attend. For organisers, the gathering provides an opportunity to look at Christian life in Muslim countries, in light of the recent assassination of Mgr Luigi Padovese in Turkey.
22/06/2009 VATICAN – ISLAM
Progress between Christians and Muslims but problems in Saudi Arabia, says Cardinal Tauran
The president of the Pontifical Council for interreligious Dialogue highlights an improved atmosphere and greater trust in Muslim-Catholic relations, also after Benedict XVI’s trip to the Holy Land. Problems do remain, including the right of Muslims to convert and the possibility to have Christian places of worship in the Saudi kingdom. Oasis conference focuses on tradition and dialogue between religions and cultures. Issues touched include the US, French and British cases, the development of Islam in given nations, and the move away from literalism in Qur’anic exegesis.
Oasis: a "shared grammar" for Islam and Christianity in the face of secularism
Secularisation is underway in the Islamic world that is not driven by Western anti-religious ideologies. In Iran, civil society, especially young people and women, is putting pressure on the ayatollahs for greater space and rights. In Morocco, the separation of state and religion is gaining ground even among Islamist parties. In Saudi Arabia, the alliance of Wahhabism and consumerism is society's worst enemy. At the end, Card Scola sums up the meeting.
Christian humanism to help the unexpected “Arab spring”
The scientific committee of the journal Oasis opened its annual meeting to discuss the present and future of the ‘Jasmine Revolutions’. Great new things are now possible, ranging from the battle against poverty and the struggle for human dignity to the rejection of Islamic radicalism. There are also worrisome signs with regard to fundamentalist groups and fears in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Europe. For Patriarch Scola, a new “economic reason” is necessary. Christian humanism must help the changes underway.
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