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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

Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee Phan Ngọc Thọ presents gifts to children on the occasion of Mid-Autumn festival

UN: Reconstruction of landmark Mosul mosque to begin in 2020

Inspection of religious law implementation in Quang Binh

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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.

Hong Kong opens £193m luxury Buddhist monastery to public

Brainchild of Li Ka-shing, Asia’s richest person, Tsz Shan complex features several grand halls, gardens and 250ft statue of goddess Guan Yin.

For Burmese cardinal, the Church in Asia is a source of peace and reconciliation among nations

The archbishop of Yangon spoke at a conference in Bangkok that drew 43 delegates from 14 nations. Race, religion and politics are among the "many challenges" the continent faces. Calling for mutual respect and unity in diversity to end decades of conflict, he stressed the importance of education and religious freedom as the foundations of coexistence.

Myanmar court jails New Zealand man for insulting Buddha

A Myanmar court on March 17 sentenced a New Zealand bar manager and his business associates to 2 1/2 years in prison for insulting Buddhism in an online advertisement that showed a psychedelic depiction of Buddha wearing headphones.

Majority of Russian schoolchildren's parents - for extending religious studies at school

Moscow, April 6, Interfax - Parents support the idea of extending Foundations of Religious Culturies and Secular Ethics at school, rector of the Academy for the Advanced Training Support and Professional Requalification of Education Personnel Yevgeny Malevanov says.

Launching international Buddhist film festival 2015

Celebrating its 15th year, Buddhist Film Foundation is co-presenting with California Film Institute fifteen new films from ten countries, each with a wonderful story to tell—great world cinema with a Buddhist touch.

Vatican Radio signs accord with Indonesia’s public radio

Vatican Radio has signed an historic cooperative agreement with Indonesia’s national public radio, Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI) to allow Christians in the world’s most populous Muslim nation to follow significant papal ceremonies such as the Easter week liturgies in Rome.

Vatican Appointments: Cardinal Versaldi to Congregation for Catholic Education

Tuesday's appointment of Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi as prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, together with Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki's commission as a member of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, signals that Vatican financial reform continues and that curial reform will need time to become effective.

Religion, Security & Citizenship: Singapore conference report

IGE and the Wee Kim Wee Center at Singapore Management University (SMU) convened a “Religion, Security & Citizenship” workshop in Singapore from 22-26 February 2015.

Germany bans extremist Islamic Group

Germany banned a militant jihadist group, searched various premises and seized assets Thursday in an effort to prevent recruitment of teenagers for Islamic State.

Freedom to change one's religion is fundamental right, says India Vice President Hamid Ansari

Amid row over conversions, Vice President Hamid Ansari on Monday said the freedom to change one's religion or belief is a fundamental right and asserted that no religion should be given an official status.

‘Office for pontifical mediation’ may be set up within Secretariat of State

Cardinal Parolin says 'attention to prevention' of armed conflicts will help foster peace

Pope Francis condemns attacks against Christians in Pakistan

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has made an appeal for peace in Pakistan and for solidarity with the country’s persecuted Christian minority, in the wake of a pair of terror attacks that left at least 14 people dead and scores of others wounded in the city of Lahore, and accused the world of, “trying to hide” the persecution of Christians.

Nuncio to India marks Pope’s 2nd anniversary of pontificate

The Holy See’s representative to India on Friday organized an event in New Delhi to mark the second anniversary of Pope Francis’s election.  When Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, was elected Pope on March ‎‎13, 2013, after Pope Benedict XVI stepped down on Feb. 28, he became history’s first Jesuit and first ‎Latin American ‎pope. He assumed the name Francis after Italy’s popular saint from Assisi, ‎known for ‎his poverty and simplicity.

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