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Da Nang municipal authorities held exchange meeting with local religious dignitaries

Religious committee in Gia Lai visits local oroganizations

US Ambassador releases carps to see off Kitchen Gods

Conference seeks ways to preserve UNESCO-recognised cultural heritages

State officials pay pre-Tet visits to Buddhist dignitaries

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Japanese Buddhist monks compete in test of skills

Japanese Buddhist monks strutted their stuff last Wednesday (Dec 9) in a contest highlighting skills in chanting sutras, giving funeral sermons and, surprisingly, loud karate chops.

Cambodia: Huge structure discovered at Angkor Wat shows religious monument is more complex than thought

Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world, is much more complex than researchers first thought. Archaeologists have uncovered a very large structure on the Buddhist temple's south side, as well as a series of residential homes and wooden fortification structures.

Most Americans see Muslims like any other group after California shooting - poll

Just days after two Muslims were accused of gunning down 14 people in California, a Reuters/Ipsos poll shows 51 percent of Americans view Muslims living in the United States the same as any other community, while 14.6 percent are generally fearful.

School students in Australia could soon be taught about Islam to combat radicalization and jihadists

SCHOOLS would teach kids about moderate Islam and Middle Eastern politics, under a plan to counter the messages of radical Muslim preachers who are inspiring a generation of homegrown jihadists.

Catholic schools should be ‘truly Catholic’ and open to all, says Pope

In a December 5 audience with members of the Associazione Genitori Scuole Cattoliche (Association of Catholic School Parents), Pope Francis called for the restoration of the “educational pact” between “school and territory, between school and family, between school and civil institutions.”

Obama in speech to nation vows to defeat 'new phase' of terrorist threat

President Barack Obama on Sunday lay out the most sweeping defense yet of his strategy to defeat Islamic State, but he offered no U.S. policy shift to confront what he called a "new phase" in the terrorist threat after a mass shooting in California.

3 French mosques closed in 1st major crackdown on places of worship after Paris attacks

French authorities have shut down three mosques in the past week as a part of a crackdown on "Islamist radicalization" launched after Paris terror attacks. This marked the first time such action has been taken against places of worship.

France calls for 'enlightened Islam' against jihadist ideology

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve urged French Muslim leaders on Sunday to develop an "enlightened Islam" to confront what he called the obscurantist views of Islamic State that lead young Muslims into violence.

Russia concerned over Kiev’s policy towards inciting inter-religious hatred

Moscow is concerned over the policy of Ukraine’s authorities towards inciting inter-religious hatred, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

Multi-national ritual, game recognized as Intangible Cultural Heritage

Tugging ritual and game of Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines and the Republic of Korea, Keo Co, has been officially recognized as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Pope Francis promises to be 'apostle of hope' on Central African Republic visit

Francis tells people he is ‘pilgrim of peace’ and schedules trip to PK5, known as most dangerous area of capital, Bangui

FABC holds Sixth Bishops’ Institute for Interreligious Affairs in Thailand

On November 16-20, the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conference (FABC) Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (OEIA) held in Thailand the 6th Bishops’ Institute for Interreligious Affairs (BIRA VI) to celebrate 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate.

Five religions in Thailand send powerful message to people of Paris

Uniting with other major faith groups at an interreligious ‘March for Peace,’ Thai Catholics on Thursday offered prayers for the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.

'Not in my name' - Italy's Muslims rally against terrorism

Italian Muslims braved pouring rain to distance themselves from Islamist militants in rallies in Rome and other cities on Saturday.

36th Japan-Korean Buddhist cultural exchange conference held

The 36th Japan-Korean Buddhist cultural exchange conference was held on November 12 in Seoul.

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