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International Network of Engaged Buddhists Launches COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

The International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB), which aims to overcome suffering through the practice of Dharma and through developing a socially engaged form of Buddhism, is seeking to leverage its global reach with the launch of an emergency fund to bring much-needed relief to vulnerable and underprivileged communities during the global coronavirus crisis.

Priest banned from service fined in St. Petersburg for 12-minute holy procession

St. Petersburg, April 22, Interfax - A court in St. Petersburg has fined Artyom Skripkin 10,000 rubles after finding him guilty of staging a holy procession down the central Nevsky Avenue.

Ramadan 2020: World Health Organization issues guidelines

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued guidelines for Muslim people as the holy month of Ramadan is nearing. As per Islamic clerics, the month of Ramadan will begin on April 24. The guidelines titled “Safe Ramadan practices in the context of the Covid-19” was released on Sunday.

Church pastor dies from coronavirus after disobeying social distancing order

A Virginia pastor has died from coronavirus after defying the state's social distancing order. His wife and family members have also tested positive for Covid-19.

COVID-19 lockdown not a threat to religious liberty, archbishop says

No U.S. Catholic bishop has been associated more closely with religious liberty than Archbishop William Lori and he has a message for Catholics who think the current suspension of the sacraments due to the COVID-19 pandemic is a violation of religious liberty: It’s not — and to argue otherwise puts lives at risk.

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. 

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