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UPF-Portugal Attends Interfaith Congress

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Lisbon, Portugal—UPF board members attended the first day of the III Lusophone Congress on the Science of Religions.

The five-day conference, held under the theme "Religion, Ecology and Nature," began on January 31, 2020, at the Hindu Community of Portugal.

Professor Paulo Mendes Pinto from the Religious Sciences Department at the Lusophone University of Humanities and Technologies coordinated the conference.

Well-known professor and journalist Joaquim Franco was the moderator.

The host was Dr. Ajit Hansraj from the directorate of the Hindu Community of Portugal.

Along with various political personalities, academics and representatives of associations, the attendees included religious leaders from different national confessions, namely Sheikh David Munir, the imam of the Lisbon Mosque; Elder Joaquim Moreira, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of Portugal; and Catarina Rodrigues of the Buddhist Union of Portugal.

The program consisted of debate, a performance of Indian classical dance and a visit to the Radha Krishna Temple.

In the end, our UPF board members had the opportunity to meet with some of the religious leaders, greet them and exchange contacts to arrange bilateral meetings.

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