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Archaeological Survey of India Begins Restoring Five Buddhist Pagodas in Bagan, Myanmar

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has started restoring five pagodas in the ancient city of Bagan, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Myanmar. The five Buddhist monuments were damaged during a devastating earthquake in 2016. 

Florida pastor arrested for refusing to halt worship amid outbreak

A Florida pastor was arrested by a local sheriff on Monday (March 30) after he refused to stop holding worship services at his church despite regulations banning large in-person gatherings that could further the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Pastors from Europe Tell North America: Get Ready Now

We talked to pastors from Spain and Italy about their experience, which might be the North American experience in just a few weeks.

Churches can counter 'epidemic of fear' over coronavirus with acts of love

The founder of HOPE Together, Roy Crowne, is asking churches to "step up" and serve their communities with acts of love during the coronavirus outbreak. 

Buddhist Temple in Hong Kong Apologizes for Coronavirus Infection Cluster

A small Buddhist temple in Hong Kong has apologized for unintentionally enabling a cluster of coronavirus infections to occur, leading to 19 people contracting coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the city, including the temple’s head.

Vatican closes St Peter's Square and Basilica to tourists

The Vatican has closed off St Peter's Square and the Basilica to tourists in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

17th United Nations Day of Vesak Event Canceled over Coronavirus Risk

In light of the uncertainties and risks associated with the growing international COVID-19 outbreak, the International Council for the Day of Vesak (ICDV) has decided to cancel the upcoming 17th United Nations Day of Vesak event, an international observation of the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and mahaparinirvana, which was scheduled to be held in Thailand in May.

Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity closes over Covid-19 fears ahead of Easter

The Church of the Nativity in the biblical city of Bethlehem is being closed indefinitely over fears of Covid-19, weeks ahead of the Easter holiday that draws tens of thousands of visitors and worshippers, Palestinian authorities said.

Caution, cancellations mark Ash Wednesday in time of virus

The Vatican was going ahead with plans for Pope Francis to celebrate the Ash Wednesday ritual kicking off the Catholic Church’s Lenten season, but elsewhere in Italy Masses were canceled over fears of the new coronavirus and other Catholic countries took precautions.

India: At least 24 die in Delhi communal riots

The death toll in the Indian capital New Delhi from the recent violence rose to 24, officials said Wednesday. 

Philippine bishops release additional guidelines to fight coronavirus

Amid continuing concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, Catholics in the Philippines have been asked not to kiss or touch the cross when they venerate it on Good Friday, April 10.

Multi-faith Leaders Push Australian Government to Act on Climate Change

The People’s Climate Assembly (PCA), co-hosted by multi-faith leaders from the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC), gathered outside Parliament House in Canberra on 4 February, calling on the Australian government to take action on climate change. As a part of the peaceful protest, Anglican priest Fr. Rod Bower led an interfaith mourning ritual for victims of the widespread bushfires that have razed large areas of Australia. The ceremony of mourning was organized by the Canberra Interfaith Forum and the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture.

Council of Europe passes resolution to stop workplace discrimination against people of faith

The Council of Europe has adopted a resolution upholding the duty of member states' to protect people of faith against discrimination in the workplace because of their beliefs.

Trump-Netanyahu plan for Palestine and Israel 'an ultimatum, not a path to peace' says world churches head

The World Council of Churches and The Lutheran World Federation, both with churches in the Holy Land, have criticized a proposal by U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for regional peace for the lack of consultation in their pitch.

Philippine church denies FBI allegations, to fight in court

A Philippine religious group on Thursday denied allegations by American law enforcement agents that it was involved in a scheme to trick followers into becoming fundraisers and arrange sham marriages to keep them in the U.S.

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