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Father James Channan

Fr James Channan OP is a Pakistani Christian and a Catholic priest. He is the URI Regional Coordinator for Pakistan and Executive Director of Peace Center, Lahore. He served as Globe Trustee of URI. He worked with the Vatican's Commission for Religious Relations with Muslims for 5 years and as Consultant to the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue for 10 years. Pope John Paul II appointed him as Consultant for both of these responsibilities. Fr Channan attended the Pontifical Institute for Islamic Studies and Arabic language in Rome from 1982-85 and obtained a Licentiate Degree. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Emmanuel College, Boston, USA, and received graduate credits from Harvard University, USA, and a course on Peace Building from American University, Washington, DC, USA. He earned an Honorary “Doctor of Divinity” Degree from Norway. He served as Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Christian Muslim Relations for 17 years. He was the primary organizer of URI's 1,500-mile Journey for Peace from Karachi to Khyber. He keeps on travelling around the globe to participate in and give presentations in international conferences on interreligious dialogue. He is the author of 4 books; 2 in English and 2 in Urdu. He has devoted his life to promoting dialogue among religions.

October 12, 2016 5:19 PM

President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge

Father James Channan OP (URI-Pakistan) joined the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge (Washington, D.C.), and shares his insights in this report.

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September 26, 2016 6:10 PM

International Day of Peace Celebrated in Pakistan

The celebration of International Day of Peace was organized at Peace Center in Lahore, and started with prayers from the Christian, Muslim, and Hindu sacred books.

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June 2, 2016 8:17 PM

Symphony of Peace Prayers and Soul of WoMen Celebration in Pakistan

URI Pakistan took part in the global Symphony of Peace Prayers and Soul of WoMen celebrations earlier this May, bringing together various cultural and faith groups across the country. 

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April 6, 2016 5:54 PM

Interfaith Memorial Service for the Victims of Suicide Bombing on Easter in Pakistan

A very moving and spiritually uplifting Interfaith Prayer Service commemorated the tragic suicide bomb attack in Lahore on Easter Sunday, in which 76 Christian and Muslim children, women and men were killed.

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April 3, 2016 1:24 PM

Pakistan Suicide Bombing and the Challenge of Christian-Muslim Dialogue

The suicide bombing at Easter in Pakistan, and the challenge of Christian-Muslim dialogue.

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March 15, 2016 5:09 PM

German Archbishop Connects with URI Pakistan

His Grace Stephan Burger, Archbishop of Freiburg, Germany, invited members of the URI Pakistan team to visit and share about our interfaith dialogue programs.

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February 16, 2016 4:59 PM

URI Pakistan Hosts International Interfaith Delegation

An international delegation of Jewish Rabbis, Muslim Imams, Christian Priests, Pastors, scholars, professors and peace activists visited Pakistan for a week.

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December 2, 2015 1:22 PM

Pakistan Youth Trainer Seminar

On November 30, a one-day Youth Trainer Seminar was organized by the URI Pakistan at Peace Center, Lahore.

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July 20, 2015 1:39 PM

Photos and News From the UN Book Launch and Award Ceremony

Photos and stories from the launching ceremony of "Path of Love; A Call for Interfaith Harmony" and receiving the "Global Ambassador of Peace Award" at the UN?.

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July 14, 2015 9:38 AM

Path of Love; A Call for Interfaith Harmony

I have good news to share with you: a number of UN-affiliated NGOs have organized the launching ceremony of my book,"Path of Love; A Call for Interfaith Harmony" at the United Nations, New York, on 16th of July.

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