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National Interfaith Council launched

South Africa's religious leaders on Friday said they have come together to form a new umbrella body...

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South Africa's religious leaders on Friday said they have come together to form a new umbrella body which represents as much as 95 percent of those following organised religion.

The National InterFaith Council was launched today and would focus on various issues like poverty and social unity while promoting tolerance.

The council's Ray McCauley said they hope to lead by example.

"We can unify and come together with the Muslims, the Hindus and all the different churches. We are setting up a good example that people can be unified," he said.

Chief Rabbi Dr Warren Goldstein said the new council represents the South African dream.

"From now on we have an umbrella interface organisation for the entire country- that's an important step."

The council will hold elections for permanent leaders.

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