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Reaching consensus on compiling nomination dossier for recognizing Complex of Yen Tu Monuments and Landscape as World Heritage

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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.

Church of England invests in science education for new priests

People training for the priesthood in the Church of England are set to benefit from financial help to learn about the link between science and faith. 

Buddha Statue Returned to Sri Lanka by British Family after 100 Years

Rev. Kenneth Bell, with his daughter Fiona, accompanied the return of an important Buddha statue to Sri Dalada Maligwa (Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic), in Kandy, Sri Lanka, on 17 December. The grandson of British archeologist and explorer Harry Charles Purvis Bell—better known as HCP Bell (1851–1937)—returned the statue to Sri Lanka after it had been in the family’s possession for a century.

Pope names first female manager in Vatican Secretariat of State

Pope Francis has tapped an Italian lawyer to be the first woman to hold a management position in the Vatican’s most important office, the Secretariat of State.

Ancient Buddhist Statues Come Back to Life Thanks to University of Chicago Researchers

Researchers from the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute are working with conservators from the National Museum of Afghanistan to repair some of the earliest physical depictions of the Buddha, which were destroyed in 2001 when the Taliban shattered religious images at the museum. The team, supported by grants from the US Embassy in Kabul, are carefully reassembling statues from more than 7,500 fragments that had been saved in trunks in the museum’s basement after the rampage of the Taliban.

Religions for Peace Calls on World Leaders to Exercise Restraint and Labor for Peace

Ominous turbulence hangs over the world, bringing the grave threat of violent conflict that would have a devastating impact on the Middle East and far beyond it. 

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