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HCM city Secretary extends Tet greetings to religious dignitaries

HCM City leaders pay Tet visits to religious dignitaries

Da Nang city leaders extend Tet greetings to religious dignitaries

Religions engage in environmental protection

Home Affairs Department in Quang Binh extends Tet greetings to Buddhist chapter

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OIC Stresses Vital Role of Media in Refuting Islamophobic and Extremist Discourse

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) stressed the vital role of media in refuting Islamophobic and extremist discourse, noting that there must be a united stand against all forms of terrorisms and manifestations of Islamopobia, which threaten world peace and societal fabrics of nations, during the International Conference on the theme of “Media for World Harmony – Role of Media in Combating Terrorism & Islamophobia”.

First Amaravati Buddhist Heritage Festival Sets World Record for Global Peace Chant

The first Amaravati Buddhist Heritage Festival was held in the southeastern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh on 3–5 February. The opening ceremony began with a collective chant for world peace and harmony by more than a 1,000 monks representing the Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana schools, with more than 45,000 people from around the world participating via the Internet, setting a world record for the largest global chant.

Church of England embraces unity with Methodist Church

The Church of England has embraced plans for unity with the Methodist Church, possibly ending 200 years of schism that began with John Wesley in the 18th century.

Pope says Korea’s Winter Olympics offer hope for peace

Pope Francis has sent special greetings to the International Olympic Committee and all the athletes taking part in the Winter Games in South Korea.

Holy Land sees 'extraordinary boom' in pilgrimages despite political tensions over Jerusalem

This year began with an 'extraordinary boom' in pilgrimages to the Holy Land despite geo-political tensions over Jerusalem, according to the Christian Information Centre there, which confirmed statistics from the Israeli ministry for tourism.

South Korean bishop hopes Winter Olympics are steppingstone to peace

A South Korean bishop wants the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics to be a steppingstone for achieving peace in the region, reported ucanews.com.

India police arrest 112 as religious clashes kill teenager

Police in northern India have arrested 112 people following violence after a teenage boy died in clashes between two groups, amid anniversary celebrations of the day India became a republic.

Ancient pond and Buddhist vihara discovered at Ramgram Stupa

Remains of an ancient pond and a Buddhist vihara have been found at the Ramgram Stupa in Nawalparasi district.

Kurds & Turks face off in violent brawl at Hannover Airport over Ankara’s op in Syria

A mass brawl between Kurds and people reported to be Turks broke out at Hannover Airport on Monday. Fists flew as demonstrators protested Turkey’s military action against Kurdish fighters in Syria.

In visit to China, WCC focuses on unity

Christian unity was the overarching theme of a visit from a World Council of Churches (WCC)  delegation with the China Christian Council (CCC) and the Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) in Shanghai on 9 January.

Churches in France encourage ecological conversion

The Council of Christian Churches in France (CÉCEF) is encouraging local churches to support a recently created Green Church environmental certification label, asking that offerings made at ecumenical services during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity go to help finance the initiative.

Mahmoud Abbas wins EU backing for Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas on Monday urged EU member states to “swiftly” grant official recognition to the state of Palestine as he arrived to meet foreign ministers from the bloc in Brussels.

Church bells protected from noise complaints under new planning laws

Church bells will be protected from noise complaints under new planning laws to be introduced.

Ireland’s first Tibetan Buddhist temple to open in 2019

Ireland’s first Tibetan Buddhist temple will open in 2019 in rural West Cork at an estimated total cost of €3.5 million.

Iran calls for Muslim countries to depend on themselves

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani called on Tuesday for more solidarity between Muslim countries and for them not to depend on"foreigners" for their development.

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