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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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Pope calls for new economic order, criticizes capitalism

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia (Reuters). Pope Francis on Thursday (July 9) urged the downtrodden to change the world economic order, denouncing a “new colonialism” by agencies that impose austerity programs and calling for the poor to have the “sacred rights” of labor, lodging and land.

Resolution by OIC on Protecting the Family Receives Majority Vote at the Human Rights Council

A resolution on Protection of the Family that warns of the “increasing vulnerabilities” facing the family unit was adopted on 3 July 2015 at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Vatican and Palestinian leaders sign historic first legal treaty

VATICAN CITY (RNS): The Vatican on Friday (June 26) signed a historic agreement recognizing the state of Palestine and calling for a two-state solution with Israel, a move criticized by the Israeli government as damaging the peace process.

Pope Francis meets with Buddhist leaders: “these small gestures are seeds of peace”

A dialogue between Catholic and Buddhist religious and social action leaders began on June 24 at the Vatican. Pope Francis stopped by the meeting, and Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran gave a welcoming address.

Buddhists, Catholics begin new dialogue on 'suffering, liberation, fraternity'

(Vatican Radio) Buddhists and Catholics from the United States are holding an interreligious dialogue meeting for the first time near Rome this week, focused on the themes of 'Suffering, Liberation and Fraternity'.

International Buddhist Women’s conference begins June 23

The 14th Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women began on June 23 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, running until June 30. Its theme was “Compassion and Social Justice.”

Charles Clarke says schools should scrap Religious Education E in favour of 'moral education'

Charles Clarke has argued that Religious Education and compulsory daily worship should be scrapped from schools.

Holy See, U.S. sign historic accord against tax evasion

The Vatican formally committed Wednesday to share the tax information of U.S. citizens with the United States in the latest move to improve the reputation of its scandal-marred bank and crack down on tax cheats.

Pope Francis meets with Russian President Putin

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin met Pope Francis on June 10 in a private audience in the Vatican. It was the second meeting between the Pope and the Russian President.

Supreme Court strikes down law in Jerusalem passport case

The Supreme Court struck down part of a federal statute on June 8 that allowed Americans born in Jerusalem to record in their passport "Israel" as the place of birth.

Religious leaders at forefront of fight against intolerance, says UN chief

Religious leaders have a pivotal role to play in times of turmoil, during which they can provide a values-based glue to hold communities together and provide common ground for peace-making and problem solving, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at a conference in Kazakhstan on June 10.

Burmese Monks Recognized for Interfaith Peace Efforts

The century-old organization known as the Parliament of the World’s Religions gave the World Harmony Award to three Buddhist monks from Burma on May 27 in recognition of their efforts to save Muslim lives during the riots of 2013.

Ratings of Muslims rise in France after Charlie Hebdo, just as in U.S. after 9/11

The attack on the Paris offices of the satirical publication Charlie Hebdo in January was the most devastating terrorist incident in France since the Algerian War more than five decades ago. Two French-born Muslim brothers affiliated with al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula carried out the attack, killing 12 people and injuring 11 more.

Requiem for Vietnamese martyrs held in Ukraine

A requiem for Vietnamese martyrs who dedicated their lives to the fight for island sovereignty and territorial integrity took place in Truc Lam pagoda in Kharkov city, Ukraine on May 31, in conjunction with the Buddha’s 2559th birth anniversary.

China-Sri Lanka Buddhist Links Seen Flourishing Under Maithripala Leadership

The Sangha Nayake Thero of Guangzhou, China said that is fully confident that under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena, the Buddhist links between Sri Lanka and China would become stronger. This was stated when a 30-member Buddhist delegation from China headed by Most Ven Ming Sheng, the Sangha Nayake of Guangzhou in China and Ven Piao Yang Head of the Hong Kong World Buddhist Peace and Development Association met Sri Lanka President Sirisena at the President’s official residence in Colombo on May 21.

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