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53 Southeast Asian monks go on a pilgrimage to five countries, calling for peace and mutual-respect

Vietnam Youth Union in Tien Giang holds exchange meeting with Catholic youth

Training on climate change adaption held for Buddhist monks, nuns in Hue

Religious training for soldiers in Kien Giang

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Eid Al-Adha in Egypt: Egyptians celebrate start of three day feast

Muslims around the world are taking part in Eid Al-Adha festivities. The holiday commemorates the story of Ibrahim who Muslims believe was told by God to sacrifice his son as a test of his faith. They believe that God then told Ibrahim to sacrifice a sheep instead. Yasser Hakim looks at how Egyptians spend the three-day feast.

Guimet Museum in Paris Hosts Historic Exhibition, “Buddha, the Golden Legend”

The Guimet Museum in Paris is hosting an extensive exhibition of 159 artifacts highlighting a wealth of iconographic and stylistic collections of Buddhist antiquities from various periods of Asian history—From India to China to Southeast and East Asia. The exhibition, titled “Buddha, the Golden Legend,” was inaugurated on 19 June and will run until 4 November.

Saudi security forces getting ready for Hajj

Saudi Arabian security forces took part in a military parade in Mecca on Sunday (August 4) as pilgrims around the world started to converge towards the Muslim holy city for the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

Divers find temples and treasure in Egypt's ancient city of Heracleion

Gold jewellery, coins and parts of an ancient temple are merely some of the artefacts divers uncovered in Egypt's ancient sunken city of Heracleion. Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities announced the discovery off the coast of the Nile Delta this week. The city is thought to have been built in the 8th century BC.

UN experts: Islamic State aims for resurgence in Iraq, Syria

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Leaders of the Islamic State extremist group are aiming to consolidate and create conditions for an “eventual resurgence in its Iraqi and Syrian heartlands,” U.N. experts said in a new report.

Singapore to update law on religious harmony to address spread of hate speech, identity politics

Amid the prevalence of identity politics and hate speech on social media, Singapore will need to update a 30-year-old law that safeguards religious harmony, Minister for Home Affairs and Law K. Shanmugam said on Wednesday (July 24).

Muslim cleric who hid Christians during attacks honored in the US

The US government is honoring an 83-year-old Muslim cleric who hid 262 Christians in his home and mosque during an attack in central Nigeria.

Scholars Inch Closer to Understanding and Sharing Ancient Buddhist Manuscripts

Researchers at the University of Sydney may be a step closer to helping Buddhist scholars understand and share the ancient wisdom contained within 2,000-year-old Gandharan manuscripts, and through their painstaking work, digitized versions of the centuries-old texts should soon be made accessible to the public.*

This Ancient Mosque in Israel May Have Been Built Just a Few Years After Muhammed's Death

The remains of a humble house of worship have been discovered in Rahat, Israel.

Archeologists find 1,200-year-old mosque in Israel

Israeli archaeologists announced the discovery of ruins of an early mosque over 1,200 years old during recent archaeological excavations in Negev desert southern Israel.

Philippine bishops call for ‘ecological conversion’ amid climate crisis

MANILA, Philippines - Catholic bishops in the Philippines criticized “the continuing destruction of our common home” and called for “ecological conversion” amid “climate emergency.”

Filipino chosen as first Asian head of the Dominicans

Filipino priest, Father Gerard Francisco Timoner III was elected Master of the Order of Preachers, or the Dominican Order, on Saturday, during the ongoing General Chapter of the order in Bien Hoa, Vietnam.

Agreement Signed Between Holy See and Burkina Faso

‘The two Parties, although safeguarding the independence and autonomy that are their own, are committed to collaborate for the moral, spiritual and material wellbeing of the human person and for the promotion of the common good’

Thai Buddhist Monks Wearing Robes Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles

Disposable plastic bottles remain a major environmental threat to the planet, however the monks of Wat Chak Daeng, a Buddhist temple on the artificial island of Bang Kachao in Bangkok, Thailand, have been integrating their Dharma practice with environmental awareness by recycling plastic bottles to make monastic robes. 

U.S. faith leaders issue call for diplomacy, not war, with Iran

Faith leaders across the United States have released a jointly signed statement entitled "Back from the Brink: Faith leaders call for diplomacy, not war, with Iran" as tensions between the old foes have ratcheted up in recent weeks in the Gulf region.

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