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VFF in Lam Dong holds meeting with local Buddhist dignitaries

Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee Phan Ngọc Thọ presents gifts to children on the occasion of Mid-Autumn festival

UN: Reconstruction of landmark Mosul mosque to begin in 2020

Inspection of religious law implementation in Quang Binh

Defense-security knowledge enhanced for religious dignitaries in 1st Military Region

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Pope Prays for Victims of Missing AirAsia Flight

Also Prays for Passengers of Tragic Ferry Boat Accident in the Adriatic Sea

Largest Buddhist temple in Europe approved

What will be the largest Buddhist temple in Europe has been approved for a site in Birmingham. The Buddhist Maha Vihara temple is planned to stand off Hockley Circus on New John Street to the north-west of Birmingham city centre. 

Iran concerned about “Intensified Security Approaches” in Bahrain

Iranian foreign ministry spokeswoman expressed concern about the stepped-up security measures adopted by the Bahraini ruling regime against legal societies and political and religious figures in the tiny Persian Gulf state.

Korean Buddhist Committee Urges UNESCO Status for Mountain Temples

A new joint committee has been formed by various Buddhist organizations and the Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea to oversee the recognition by UNESCO of South Korean mountain Buddhist temples as World Heritage Sites until June 2018.

New camerlengo named for Holy Roman Church

Pope Francis has named Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran the new camerlengo (chamberlain) of the Holy Roman Church.

Record 17,000 join nationalist march in Germany

Many in Berlin shocked by emergence of far-right anti-Islamist group Pegida as growing numbers join weekly Dresden protest

Pope Francis sharply criticises Vatican bureaucracy

Pope Francis has sharply criticised the Vatican bureaucracy in a pre-Christmas address to cardinals, complaining of "spiritual Alzheimer's" and "the terrorism of gossip".

Justin Welby: church looking to heal deep divisions on same-sex marriage

Archbishop of Canterbury avoids disclosing own views on issue but talks candidly about family problems on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs

Fr. Lombardi on meeting between US/Vatican Secretaries of State

(Vatican Radio)  A meeting was held in the Vatican Monday between the Holy See’s Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. 

Buddhist Values Make Myanmar Most Generous Nation Along With the US

Myanmar has been ranked one of the two most generous nations in the 2014 World Giving Index, which included 135 countries.

A Muslim girl awarded the Nobel Peace Price 2014

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 was awarded to Malala Yousafzay, the Pakistani education activist by the Norwegian Nobel Committee on Dec. 10.

Korea discovers Sanskrit words in Buddhist rituals in 14th century

Korea National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage (NRICH) said that archaeologists have found pieces of a wood coffin made in the fourteenth century under Goryeo period, engraved with 20 Sanskrit words by gold powder.

UN Human Rights Office welcomes treaty ratifications in Viet Nam

BANGKOK (9 DECEMBER 2014) - The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) today welcomed the decision by the National Assembly of Viet Nam on 28 November to ratify the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. 

International Justice Mission continues anti-trafficking work

The conference, which takes place in London on December 5th and 6th is organized by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales together with the Metropolitan Police Service and the British Home Office.

Annual Buddhist chanting ceremony kicks off in Bihar

Buddhist monks and devotees from various countries congregated here for the annual International Tipitaka Chanting ceremony on Dec. 3.

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