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Hanoi leader welcomes delegation of LDS Church

53 Southeast Asian monks go on a pilgrimage to five countries, calling for peace and mutual-respect

Vietnam Youth Union in Tien Giang holds exchange meeting with Catholic youth

Training on climate change adaption held for Buddhist monks, nuns in Hue

Religious training for soldiers in Kien Giang

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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.

ISIL: Force may be necessary says Vatican ambassador to Geneva

Silvano Tomasi says armed response could be needed to protect minorities from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Pope Francis appoints Tagle CBF President

Pope Francis has confirmed the appointment of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle as the President of the Catholic Biblical Federation (CBF).

Khyentse Foundation Announces Buddhist Translation Scholarships

Khyentse Foundation has announced scholarships for students who are enrolled in a program of translation studies or Buddhist philosophy, and who are on track to become or are currently working as translators.

King Abdullah II encourages European Parliament to promote tolerance between Christians and Muslims

“Jordan is a Muslim country, with a deeply-rooted Christian community. Together, the Jordanian people make up an indivisible society, friends and partners in building our country” Abdullah said.

Manila Auxiliary: dialogue between the government and Muslim rebels "only path for peace in the Philippines"

For Msgr. Pabillo a military offensive would only be a source of further problems. He urges the parties involved to "seriously consider" negotiations. The peace agreement with the MILF can be a litmus test for a deal with the Islamists. But essential to shed light on the causes and responsibilities for the Mamasapano massacre.

Pope approves statutes governing Vatican’s economic bodies

Pope Francis has approved provisional statutes governing the Holy See’s economic entities, which include the Council for the Economy, the Secretariat for the Economy and a General auditor’s office.

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