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Top Buddhist monk investigated for sexually harassing nuns

The government agency in charge of religious affairs in China confirmed on Wednesday that the abbot of the Longquan Temple in Beijing had sent sexually harassing messages to nuns.

Card. Gracias appeals for solidarity, generosity for victims of Kerala floods

The relentless rains, floods and landslides since August 8 have claimed the lives of at least 190 people in southern India's Kerala state, and the figure is expected to rise as rains continue. Over 314,000 people have been moved to nearly 2,100 relief camps across the state.

More than 2 million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage

More than 2 million Muslims from around the globe on Sunday started the hajj pilgrimage at Islam's holiest sites in Saudi Arabia, one of the world's largest annual gatherings.

Muslims around the world celebrate Eid Al-Adha

Muslims around the world marked the Eid Al-Adha holiday on Tuesday, gathering at mosques or in vast open sites to celebrate one of the two most important festivals of the Islamic calendar.

Millions of Muslims converge on Mecca to perform ‘smart haj’

The pilgrimage is becoming increasingly smart, with high-tech applications helping the faithful navigate Islam’s holiest sites.

Most Russians believe there are forces trying to undermine traditional spiritual values – poll

Two-thirds of Russians are convinced that there is a group of people who want to rewrite Russian history, and about the same number of people believe there is an organization whose purpose is to destroy Russia's spiritual values, showed a poll conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM), which shared the results with Interfax on Monday.

Saudi Arabia confirms Hajj season "epidemic free" so far

RIYADH, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- Saudi Arabian Health Ministry has confirmed that the current Hajj season is so far free of epidemic and quarantine diseases among pilgrims, Akhbariya local TV reported on Friday.

Buddhist “Eco-monks” Work to Protect Thailand’s Environment

As Thailand’s economy develops and grows, maintaining the delicate ecological balance remains a major challenge. As a consequence of extensive deforestation and widespread dam projects, the country is regularly affected by both flooding and droughts, but some Buddhist monks are actively working to protect the environment by integrating Buddhist principals with environmental awareness, consulting with government officials about environmental problems, and implementing sustainability projects, such as installing solar panels at Buddhist temples and helping villagers fashion environmentally friendly cottages out of mud and other naturally available materials. 

Pakistan cardinal leads 'Green Pakistan' campaign

Church and secular organizations back tree planting to protect the environment

Heatwave reveals hidden archaeological sites across Britain's countryside

Neolithic ceremonial monuments and Iron Age settlements exposed beneath parched yellow grass

UK police return Buddha statue to India 57 years after it was stolen

British police have returned a 12th Century Buddha statue stolen in India 57 years ago.

Brunson: pastor at centre of Turkey-US row and market turmoil

Only weeks ago it would have seemed fanciful to draw a link between the fate of an American pastor in Turkey, a crisis between two NATO allies and turmoil on global financial markets.

Buddhists advised to strengthen ethics

The Buddhist Association of China called for stronger Buddhist ethics and resistance to the commercialization of Buddhism, at the conclusion of its council meeting in Beijing on Wednesday.

Argentina Senate rejects voluntary abortion law

Argentina’s Senate voted on Thursday against legalizing voluntary abortion into the 14th week of pregnancy, rejecting the bill 38 to 31, as the Catholic Church continues to provide assistance to pregnant women in difficulty.

73 years on, Hiroshima remembers

Seventy-three years after the WWII bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Archbishop Takami reflects on the horror of nuclear warfare and on the importance of peace.

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