There is a greater need to make the world more sustainable, peaceful and loving, says Sister Cynthia Anna Mathew, a human rights activist and an Indian participant of the seventh Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto, Canada. The Parliament of the World’s Religions, an international interfaith conference, took place November 1–7.

As reported by, Sister Cynthia Anna Mathew remarked that “The Parliament of World’s Religions ended after an amazing experience of spiritual power that radiated among more than 7,500 people from 80 countries. The real challenge for the participants is to take the experience from the parliament to our countries, communities and act to make this world more sustainable, peaceful and loving.”

For its 2018 theme, the parliament drew from movements of goodwill and cross-cultural respect embodied in the spirit of the interfaith movement: “The Promise of Inclusion, the Power of Love: Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation, and Change.” The international event had more than 500 programs and workshops, as well as music, dance, art and photography exhibitions, presented by the world’s religious communities and cultural institutions. The Parliament of the World’s Religions was created to cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world.