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Training on implementation of religious laws for Caodai followers and Pure Land Buddhists in Binh Duong

Religious affairs training held in Ca Mau

Linh Dong village temple in Ho Chi Minh City recognized as national architectural relic

Coast Guard strengthens civilian – military relation with ethnic, religious people

Training on religious affairs held in Ha Tinh’s districts

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Hanukkah stabbing: Donald Trump condemns anti-Semitism 'scourge'

US President Donald Trump has urged Americans to unite against the "evil scourge of anti-Semitism" after a man stabbed five people at a rabbi's house in New York during Hanukkah celebrations on Saturday.

7 Killed in Nigeria Jihadist Attack on Christmas Eve

Boko Haram jihadists have killed seven people on Christmas Eve in a raid on a Christian village near the town of Chibok in northeast Nigeria's Borno state, local militia and residents told AFP Wednesday.

Bethlehem welcomes pilgrims for Christmas celebrations

Pilgrims from around the world gathered Tuesday in the biblical city of Bethlehem, revered by Christians as the birthplace of Jesus, ushering in Christmas celebrations across the globe.

Nearly 200 evangelicals criticise Christianity Today magazine over editorial call for Trump's impeachment

Harvest pastor Greg Laurie and Liberty University president Jerry Falwell are among the nearly 200 evangelical leaders to have signed an open letter condemning Christianity Today magazine's editorial backing the impeachment of Donald Trump. 

Pope sets term of office for dean of College of Cardinals

After accepting the resignation of 92-year-old Cardinal Angelo Sodano as dean of the College of Cardinals, Pope Francis changed the norms of the office so that the dean would be elected to a five-year term renewable only once.

INEB’s SENS 2020 transformative learning program to launch in January

The Bangkok-based International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB) has announced the imminent launch of its new School of English for Engaged Social Service (SENS 2020), an annual three-month transformative learning program to nurture young Asian adults and mentor them as community leaders and agents of compassionate social change. The 2020 course kicks off in Thailand in January under the theme “Transform Your English, Transform Your World.”

Ethiopia PM Abiy denounces religious strife after mosque attacks

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Saturday condemned religious violence following attacks on multiple mosques in the Amhara region, the latest unrest targeting religious institutions.

UNESCO Listing Proposed for Sarnath, Site of the Buddha’s First Sermon

The Varanasi circle of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) this week forwarded a proposal to place Sarnath on the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) list of World Heritage Sites to India’s Ministry of Culture. If listed, Sarnath will become the fourth UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and the 39th for the country.

Muslim leaders gather in Malaysia for summit shunned by Saudi

Leaders and senior representatives from some 20 Muslim nations flocked to the Malaysian capital on Wednesday (Dec 18) to discuss issues agitating Muslims globally at a summit Saudi Arabia decided to snub, and Pakistan ducked out of attending.

Mexico president opposes bill to end church-state separation

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Wednesday he does not support a proposal to further relax Mexico’s strict legal separation of church and state, throwing cold water on a draft bill that would upend longstanding political doctrine in the country.

Indian president signs controversial citizenship bill into law

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind has signed the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), officials said on December 13.

"The president has given his assent to the CAB and thus it has become an Act," an official said. "The collected set of rules in the CAB comes into effect with its publication in the official gazette on Thursday."

Thai Buddhist Order Finds Itself at Home in Dutch Catholic Church

In 2017, a Catholic church in the village of Afferden in the Netherlands was sold to Buddhist monastics from the Dhammakaya movement in Thailand and converted into a Buddhist temple. The sale followed a trend of closing Catholic churches in the country, but it is the first to be transferred to a Buddhist group. Today, the Buddhist and non-Buddhist communities of the area have found harmony.

Indonesia to deploy 160,000 people to protect churches for Christmas

Nearly 160,000 security personnel will be deployed to try to make Christmas and New Year celebrations in Indonesia safe, reported ucanews.org.

This is an increase from last year, when nearly 90,000 security personnel guarded about 50,000 churches across the country.

Turkey calls for more int’l investment in Afghanistan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the international community on Monday to boost investments in Afghanistan during "sensitive" times the country has been going through.

Cardinal Tagle is the new Prefect of Propaganda Fide

The Cardinal Archbishop of Manila, Luis Antonio Tagle is the new Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. The appointment by Pope Francis was announced on Sunday 8 December. The current Prefect, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, assumes the post of Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher in place of Cardinal Edwin Frederick O'Brien, who resigned in April 2019 and turned 80.

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