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Cuban president Castro thanks Pope Francis for mediating thaw with US

Cuban president Raul Castro has met Pope Francis at the Vatican, thanking the pontiff for his role in brokering an historic rapprochement between Havana and Washington, a papal spokesman says.

India: Maharashtra Government proposes separate Marriage Law for Buddhists

The Maharashtra government has proposed formulation of a separate law for marriages in the Buddhist community, the draft of which will be ready by the end of this month, a senior official said here today.

Srilanka president emphasizes need to strengthen Buddhist vision

On May 4, 2015, Sri Lankan President Maithreepala Sirisena says the Buddhist philosophy is the only solution for social ills brought on due to the commercialization of the society by new technology.

Pope Francis welcomes head of Lutheran Church of Sweden

Catholic-Lutheran dialogue was under the spotlight in the Vatican on Monday as Pope Francis met with the head of the Church of Sweden and Archbishop of Uppsala Antje Jackelén. Originally from Germany, Archbishop Jackelén is Sweden’s first foreign-born archbishop since the 12th century and the first female head of the Church there.

Anti-Muslim Activist And Cartoonist Speak Out Following Garland Shooting

The anti-Muslim activist whose Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas was attacked by two gunmen on Sunday said the shooting shows the importance of her message. Pamela Geller, American Freedom Defense Initiative president and sponsor of the "Draw Muhammad" contest in Garland, Texas, defended her event to CNN's Alisyn Camerota on Monday.

Buddhist Monastery In Nepal Takes In Thousands Displaced By Earthquake

Tens of thousands of people have been left homeless by Nepal's devastating earthquake on Saturday, but a fraction of these have found temporary shelter at a Buddhist monastery in the hardest-hit region.

Jharkhand police arrest 16 after attack on Christian schools

New Delhi: Police have arrested 16 people after roughly 60 slogan-shouting Hindu hardliners barged into two Catholic schools in eastern India Tuesday.

Pope Francis meets with the President of the Czech Republic

Pope Francis on Friday met with the President of the Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman, who subsequently met with His Excellency Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, secretary for  Relations with States.

World Bank launches interfaith push to eliminate extreme poverty

(RNS) The World Bank is teaming up with global religious leaders in a 15-year effort to end extreme poverty by 2030.

German bishops' report: laity want change in Church teaching; many priests do not pray regularly

The German Catholic bishops’ conference has made public a report on a survey of the faithful in preparation for the October meeting of the Synod of Bishops, finding a “gap between the lived reality of families and our communities” and the teachings of the Church.

Vatican and UNICEF to work together for disadvantaged youth

The Vatican and the United Nations Children’s Fund on Tuesday signed an agreement aimed at working more closely together to reach out to some of the most disadvantaged young people in the world.

OIC: Launch of the first round of extensive consultations to boost relations between the Muslim world and China

The first round of extensive political consultation between the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the People’s Republic of China kicked off in the capital Beijing on Monday 20 April 2015.

Russia to promote religious diversity by building Buddhist temple

The first Moscow's Buddhist temple, symbolizing Russia’s religious diversity and promoting friendly interconfessional and interethnic relations, will be built in Russia's capital by 2017, Izvestia.ru reported Thursday.

Vatican envoy demands UN keep 'eyes wide open' to persecution of Christians

Speaking on April 17 to a UN session on the persecution of Christians, Archbishop Bernardito Auza said that world leaders should approach the question “with both of our eyes wide open.”

Stamp set on the Hùng Kings worship rituals to be issued

The Ministry of Information and Communications will co-ordinate with the Phu Tho provincial People’s Committee and Vietnam Post Corporation (VietnamPost) to issue a collection of postage stamps on the Hung Kings worship rituals.

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