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Burning of votive paper practically reduced at Ponagar tower

Training on state management on belief, religion held in Ninh Thuan

Program promoting exchanges of ethnic and religious youth held in Binh Duong

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Cambodian Buddhists in Rhode Island Struggle to Cope with COVID-19

The Buddhist monks at Dhamagosnaram Buddhist Temple in Cranston, Rhode Island, are deeply concerned for the future of their temple. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues into the fall, the monks say they’ve witnessed a sharp decrease in temple attendees, which has also led to a decline in much-needed funding.

Philippine diocese plants 60 thousand trees in a single day

The diocese of Tagbilaran in the Philippine province of Bohol led a campaign on Sunday with thousands of people planting some 60,000 saplings to improve the environment on the island.

Oldest South Korean Statue of a Buddhist Monk to Gain National Treasure Status

South Korea’s oldest statue of a Buddhist monk, depicting Master Huirang Daesa (889–966), will be designated a national treasure by the country’s Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA). The advance notice came on Wednesday from the CHA, with final designation expected after 30 days.

1 in 4 Brits have regularly engaged in online worship during lockdown

A significant proportion of the population has engaged with faith digitally during Covid-19, a study by researchers at Durham University has found.

Pastor Of Virus-Hit Sarang Jeil Church Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Health authorities say Jun Kwang-hoon, the pastor of Seoul's Sarang Jeil Church where a mass coronavirus infection has occurred, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Buddhist Bhutan Orders First National Lockdown as COVID-19 Cases Reach 113

The government of the Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan yesterday announced its first national lockdown since the COVID-19 pandemic spread to the Himalayan nation after a 27-year-old woman, recently repatriated from Kuwait, tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday, following her release from quarantine and after coming into contact with several people in and around the capital city Thimphu.

Spared from fire, Notre-Dame's organ set for lengthy restoration

Workers started dismantling Notre-Dame's grand organ on Monday in the hopes that experts can restore it in time for the fifth anniversary of the devastating fire that severely damaged the Paris cathedral.

Scaled down and tightly restricted, first hajj in age of coronavirus begins

Muslim pilgrims, donning face masks and moving in small groups after days in isolation, began arriving at Islam’s holiest site in Mecca on Wednesday for the start of a historically unique and scaled-down hajj experience reshaped by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Russian court fines influential monk who denies virus exists

A Russian court on Monday ordered an influential monk, who has denied the existence of the new coronavirus and urged his followers to ignore government lockdown orders, to pay a fine for fomenting enmity through his sermons.

Hagia Sophia declared a mosque hours after court ruling

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has signed a decree converting Hagia Sophia, the former cathedral of Holy Wisdom in Istanbul, into a mosque.

Interfaith Group Urges Removal of Buddhist, Jain, and Hindu Statues from Nightclubs

Buddhist religious leaders joined Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Jain leaders in a joint statement issued on 24 June calling for the removal of religious imagery from nightclubs across the United States. Specifically, they are targeting clubs run by the California-based company Live Nation, which has locations in Anaheim, Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, and New Orleans as part of its House of Blues network.

Government sets out guidance for resumption of church services

The Government has set out the precautions that churches need to take when they re-open for public worship from 4 July. 

Saudi Arabia to Hold ‘Very Limited' Hajj Due to Virus

Saudi Arabia said Tuesday that because of the coronavirus only "very limited numbers" of people will be allowed to perform the annual hajj pilgrimage that traditionally draws around 2 million people from around the world.

Los Angeles Buddhists Perform Silent Meditation Walk in Solidarity with Anti-Racism Activists

A crowd of Buddhists gathered at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, on Saturday morning in support of demonstrations across the United States protesting police brutality and systemic racism toward the black community. The event was organized by a conglomeration of Buddhist monastics behind the banner “Buddhists for Black Lives Matter.”

Germany launches terrorism probe over planned attack on Muslims

German authorities arrested a 21-year-old man and launched a terrorism investigation after he threatened to carry out an attack targeting Muslims, prosecutors said on Monday.

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