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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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US, Canadian denominations to sign mutual recognition pact

October 8,  2015

(RNS) Two of North America’s most liberal Protestant church groups have teamed up and agreed to recognize each other’s members, ministers and sacraments.

One of Europe's largest mosques on fire, 70 firefighters battling blaze

The Baitul Futuh Mosque in London has caught fire on Saturday. Half of its ground floor and first floor are in flames. Seventy firefighters and 10 fire engines are reported to be tackling the blaze.

Pope Francis Begins First U.S. Visit, Greeted by President Obama

Pope Francis touched down at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington on September 22, with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and their wives greeting him on the tarmac.

Millions of Muslims make Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca

The haj pilgrimage began on Sept.18, with more than 1.3 million people having already arrived in Saudi Arabia and up to three million people expected to visit the holy site in Mina, Mecca, over five days.

Buddhist college in Singapore to admit nuns for the first time

Singapore's first campus for Buddhist nuns is set to open its doors to students from across the region in September.

Pope urges EU Environment Ministers to work hard in view of SDGs

Pope Francis has urged EU Environment Ministers to work harder to put into place new policies to fight environmental degradation and poverty, which he says are closely connected.

UN chief voices concern at latest escalation at Jerusalem’s holy sites

On Sept. 14, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon echoed the concerns expressed by the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process about the latest escalation at the holy sites in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Southeast Asian Youth Al-Quran Reading Competition 2015 opens

The opening ceremony of the 7th Southeast Asian Youth Al-Quran Reading Competition 2015  held on September 15, at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas, Brunei.

UN Secretary General: Pope Francis a man of moral voice and purpose

“Pope Francis is a man of humility and humanity, and he is a man of moral voice, and purpose.” There were the words with which the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, described the Holy Father in an exclusive interview with Vatican Radio ahead of the Pope’s visit to the United Nations in New York at the end of September. “We are looking forward with great excitement to His Holiness, Pope Francis’ visit to the United Nations,” said Ban, adding, “I’m grateful for his compassionate leadership for peace and humanity.”

Indonesia steps up cooperation with Middle East countries

Indonesian President Joko Widodo received President of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali Al-Madani in Jeddah during his tour of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar from September 11-15. At the follow-up press conference, Ahmad Mohamed Ali spoke of Indonesia’s role in IDB as one of the active founding members.

One-Pillar Pagoda in USA

One-Pillar Pagoda, one of Vietnamese cultural and religious symbols has been completed in Golden Hills, California.

International Buddhist Confederation revives Charter and approves working plan

The International Buddhist Confederation’s Standing Committee (Working Committee) held a conference on September 1-2 in New Delhi, India to discuss the IBC organization’s Charter.

Pope Francis: Every parish in Europe ‘take in one refugee family’

Pope Francis called on Sunday on every European parish and religious community to take in one migrant family each in a gesture of solidarity he said would start in the tiny Vatican state where he lives.

ISIS issues 11 rules for Christians in captured Syrian town

ISIS jihadists have reportedly issued “eleven commandments” as part of a contract that guarantees safety to the Christian population living in the Syrian town of Al-Qaryatayn controlled by the terror group.

Pope Francis meets Israeli President in the Vatican

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin in the Vatican on Thursday (3rd Sept) and held talks that focused on the situation in the Middle East and bilateral relations.

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