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Father James Channan

Father James Channan, URI-Pakistan Regional Coordinator, is a Catholic Priest and Director of the Peace Center of the Dominican Order in Pakistan. As an interfaith and Catholic leader, Fr. Channan has been regularly consulted on religious issues by Pakistan’s government and lectures on interfaith peacebuilding around the world. He is the author of Christian Muslim Dialogue in Pakistan and receives extensive media coverage for his work. Father Channan holds a Licentiate Degree from the Pontifical Institute for Islamic Studies and Arabic language in Rome and a Masters Degree in Counseling from Emmanuel College in Boston, MA. Father Channan served as Consultor for the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue under Pope John Paul II from 1985 until 1995, and as Consultor to the Vatican Commission for Religious Relations with Muslims from 1999 to 2004. He also served for 17 years as Executive Secretary of the Catholic Bishops National Commission for Christian Muslim Dialogue. Father Channan is a founding member of URI-Pakistan and organized URI’s 1,500-mile “Journey for Peace” from Karachi to Khyber in 2000. He has served as URI’s regional coordinator in the country since 2002.

April 29, 2014 1:59 PM

The Vatican's two newest saints offer interfaith guidance

Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII have received the highest honor in the Catholic Church as they were officially declared saints on 27th of April, 2014.

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November 6, 2013 3:11 PM

URI MENA team visits Peshawar bomb blast victims

I would like to send this report to you about the solidarity trip to help the Christian victims of twin bomb blast at All Saints Church, Peshawar was made on 23rd of October, 2013. 

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September 24, 2013 3:39 PM

A Letter from Father James on the Peshawar attacks

Dear Bishop Swing, Victor, and all other leaders and members of URI: First of all, I express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to all of those who have sent me condolences messages...

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March 27, 2013 4:06 PM

History Offers Hope for Peace in Pakistan

In his address to the Catholic Social Tradition Conference, Father James Channan examines how Pope John XXIII's 1963 message of peace and social justice is relevant in Pakistan today. 

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March 21, 2013 9:12 AM

URI’s Father James Channan Will Address Notre Dame Conference on Issues of Peace and Justice

The Rev. James Channan, URI’s Regional Coordinator for Pakistan, will be a keynote speaker at a conference examining peace and justice issues through the lens of Catholic social thought.

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February 28, 2013 9:09 AM

URI Africa Awards Golden Rule Medal to Irfan Ali

With the presentation of URI Africa’s Golden Rule Medal to the family of Irfan Ali, URI honors his lifelong dedication to peace in Pakistan and the world.

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April 13, 2011 4:10 PM

URI Trustee for Pakistan meets with Pope

Global Council Trustee Syed Muhammad Abdul Khabir Azad joined the brother of the slain Pakistani minorities minister for a meeting in Rome with Pope Benedict XVI.

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March 2, 2011 10:04 AM

Interfaith leader in Pakistan killed

Father James Channan, URI Regional Coordinator for Pakistan, writes about Wednesday's assasination of Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, an outspoken voice for justice and interfaith peace.

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September 20, 2010 9:52 AM

Pakistan: Role of Women in Creating Peace

Happy International Day of Peace 21, Sep 2010 to all URI family and to all the lovers of peace. I share the following report from Sabina Rifat, Coordinator of the Women Ring of URI Pakistan.... Read more...

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August 16, 2010 11:36 PM

UN Secretary General visits flood zone

Dear URI friends,   Here is an other  prominent news about the visit of the Secretary General on UN Mr. Ban Ki- Moon to Pakistan. He saw the sufferings of millions of our... Read more...

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