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Provincial religious committee in Gia Lai extends congratulations to Caodai parishes

VFF in Lam Dong holds meeting with local Buddhist dignitaries

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Mother Teresa may be declared saint next year

The Vatican has completed the process that leads to the anointment of Mother Teresa as a saint, setting the stage for the canonization sometime next year, a Kerala newspaper said quoting sources in the Vatican.

Israeli PM vows to keep status quo in al-Aqsa compound

JERUSALEM, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Saturday night that his government will not change the status quo in East Jerusalem's flashpoint al-Aqsa mosque compound.

Japan: 12,000 Buddhist temples lack resident monks

More than 12,000 temples in Japan currently have no resident monk, an absence that could lead to the further demise of these traditional centers of local communities, an Asahi Shimbun survey showed.

World Mission Day: Catholic Church Statistics 2015

As every year, in view of World Mission Day, this year celebrated on Sunday, October 18, Fides News Service offers some statistics chosen to give a panorama of the missionary Church all over the world.

Pope Francis marks 50th anniversary of Synod's institution

 (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Saturday morning marked the 50th anniversary of the institution of the Synod of Bishops as a permanent body. Gathered with the Fathers of the XIV Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops – who are currently meeting in Rome to discuss the vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in contemporary society – Pope Francis spoke of both the process and the substance of the Synod as constitutive and expressive of the Church’s own nature and mission.

U.S. continues support for Sri Lankan cultural and religious heritage

The United States Embassy in Sri Lanka, as part of its continuing efforts to preserve Sri Lanka's cultural and religious heritage, announced on Oct 05 two new grants totaling $300,000 (Rs. 42.1 million).

Religious freedom and human rights in ASEAN

Defend and promote freedom of belief or religion as a universal, inalienable and non-derogable human right for all persons, for individuals and communities of ASEAN, the Association of nations of Southeast Asia; work toward the nondiscriminatory realization, where there is no discrimination on grounds of ethnicity, indigenous identity, gender, sexual orientation, citizenship, and disabilities; enhance global and regional cooperation by working across geographical, national boundaries: are the commitments solemnly undertaken by organizations for the protection of human rights, NGOs, associations, with offices in the countries of Southeast Asia gathered recently in Bangkok ( from 30 September to 1 October 2015)

US, Canadian denominations to sign mutual recognition pact

October 8,  2015

(RNS) Two of North America’s most liberal Protestant church groups have teamed up and agreed to recognize each other’s members, ministers and sacraments.

One of Europe's largest mosques on fire, 70 firefighters battling blaze

The Baitul Futuh Mosque in London has caught fire on Saturday. Half of its ground floor and first floor are in flames. Seventy firefighters and 10 fire engines are reported to be tackling the blaze.

Pope Francis Begins First U.S. Visit, Greeted by President Obama

Pope Francis touched down at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington on September 22, with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and their wives greeting him on the tarmac.

Millions of Muslims make Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca

The haj pilgrimage began on Sept.18, with more than 1.3 million people having already arrived in Saudi Arabia and up to three million people expected to visit the holy site in Mina, Mecca, over five days.

Buddhist college in Singapore to admit nuns for the first time

Singapore's first campus for Buddhist nuns is set to open its doors to students from across the region in September.

Pope urges EU Environment Ministers to work hard in view of SDGs

Pope Francis has urged EU Environment Ministers to work harder to put into place new policies to fight environmental degradation and poverty, which he says are closely connected.

UN chief voices concern at latest escalation at Jerusalem’s holy sites

On Sept. 14, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon echoed the concerns expressed by the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process about the latest escalation at the holy sites in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Southeast Asian Youth Al-Quran Reading Competition 2015 opens

The opening ceremony of the 7th Southeast Asian Youth Al-Quran Reading Competition 2015  held on September 15, at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas, Brunei.

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