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Thai Binh reviews six-month human rights work

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36th Japan-Korean Buddhist cultural exchange conference held

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

Religious leaders visit North Korea

A group of 150 religious leaders, representing a wide variety of faiths, visited North Korea this week.

GNH and Buddhism main attraction for international tourists

Apart from the unique culture, Buddhism and Gross National Happiness, the Royal Family was also the main attraction for international tourists who visited Bhutan last year, the 2014 tourism monitor states.

Japan shuns its Buddhist traditions as temples close

Over the next 25 years, 27,000 of the country’s 77,000 temples are expected to close, in one of the biggest existential crises facing Japanese Buddhism since it was introduced from Korea in the sixth century.

Missing Buddhist scroll from 12th century turns up in Nara temple

A gold and silver-inked Buddhist text preserved at the Soyuji temple here has been found to be one of the famed Chusonji-kyo Sutras, a series of Buddhist manuscripts dating back almost 900 years.

Pope Francis meets with President of Poland

Pope Francis on Monday received the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, who subsequently met with the Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, accompanied by Msgr. Antoine Camilleri, under-secretary for Relations with States.

Pope Francis sets up foundation to boost Catholic education

Observing the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's declaration on Christian education, Pope Francis on last Wednesday established a foundation meant to promote Catholic education worldwide.

Okphansa festival celebrated in Laos

Laos’ Okphansa festival this year was held on 27 October.

Interreligious audience in St. Peter's Square on the 50th anniversary of the conciliar declaration “Nostra Aetate”

The general audience was held on October, 28 on occasions of the 50th anniversary of the Vatican Council II Declaration “Nostra Aetate” on the relations between the Catholic Church and non-Christian religions. It was attended by representatives of various religions and participants in the International Congress organised to commemorate the event by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue in collaboration with the Commission for Religious Relationships with Jews, the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Pontifical Gregorian University.

Mother Teresa may be declared saint next year

The Vatican has completed the process that leads to the anointment of Mother Teresa as a saint, setting the stage for the canonization sometime next year, a Kerala newspaper said quoting sources in the Vatican.

Israeli PM vows to keep status quo in al-Aqsa compound

JERUSALEM, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Saturday night that his government will not change the status quo in East Jerusalem's flashpoint al-Aqsa mosque compound.

Japan: 12,000 Buddhist temples lack resident monks

More than 12,000 temples in Japan currently have no resident monk, an absence that could lead to the further demise of these traditional centers of local communities, an Asahi Shimbun survey showed.

World Mission Day: Catholic Church Statistics 2015

As every year, in view of World Mission Day, this year celebrated on Sunday, October 18, Fides News Service offers some statistics chosen to give a panorama of the missionary Church all over the world.

Pope Francis marks 50th anniversary of Synod's institution

 (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Saturday morning marked the 50th anniversary of the institution of the Synod of Bishops as a permanent body. Gathered with the Fathers of the XIV Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops – who are currently meeting in Rome to discuss the vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in contemporary society – Pope Francis spoke of both the process and the substance of the Synod as constitutive and expressive of the Church’s own nature and mission.

U.S. continues support for Sri Lankan cultural and religious heritage

The United States Embassy in Sri Lanka, as part of its continuing efforts to preserve Sri Lanka's cultural and religious heritage, announced on Oct 05 two new grants totaling $300,000 (Rs. 42.1 million).

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