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Tracing the Development of Buddha’s Footprints in Bihar

In the first week of December, the Bihar government’s Department of Tourism will launch a new scheme to popularize and generate awareness of the state’s Buddhist monuments. Called “walking tourism,” the pilgrimage will start in Bodh Gaya and take in other “Buddha’s footprints” circuit sites in the state. It is expected that both monks and tourists will participate.

Renovation work at temple in Tibet near complete

The Jokhang Monastery in Lhasa, capital city of China's Tibet Autonomous Region, is arguably the most important temple for Tibetan Buddhists.

Fugitive Guru Arrested After Standoff With Police

NEW DELHI — A self-styled “godman,” or guru, was arrested late Wednesday after a tense weeklong standoff with the police, who had attempted to storm the heavily fortified compound where he was blockaded with an estimated 15,000 followers.

Muslim countries concern over IS expansion

Muslim countries voiced their main concern over the expansion of Islamic State (IS) militant group in the Middle East while gathering at the 30th Session of Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC) in the Turkish city of Istanbul on Nov. 25.

Shwekyin meeting scheduled for January

At least 1000 members of the Buddhist clergy are expected to attend a conference in Yangon Region’s Hmawbi township in early 2015, the organising committee said. The Shwekyin Association will conduct its 19th conference at Dhammaduta Jetavana Monastery on January 27-29.

Catholic-Muslim dialogue: "It is never acceptable to use religion to justify" violence

Vatican City: "It is never acceptable to use religion to justify" acts "of terrorism, oppression, violence against innocent persons, persecution, desecration of sacred places, and the destruction of cultural heritage," said the final statement released by the delegates to third seminar organized by Catholic-Muslim Forum.

Egypt arrests Brotherhood leader as crackdown intensifies

(Reuters) - Egyptian police on Nov. 20 detained Mohamed Ali Bishr, one of the few Muslim Brotherhood leaders to escape jail after last year's overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Mursi, extending a sweeping crackdown on political dissent.

American Bishops publish online Catholic Catechism

The Catechism of the Catholic Church is a reference book with over 700 pages. Now, thanks to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, it is even more accessible. 

Vice US President praises religious leaders for helping fight Ebola

Vice President Biden met with leaders of religious and other non-governmental groups in Washington on November 13. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has praised religious groups for helping fight Ebola by promoting safe burial practices, which sometimes clash with religious tradition.

Pope Francis to open Vatican conference on traditional marriage

The Vatican-sponsored gathering, on the "Complementarity of Man and Woman," will take place Nov. 17-19 and feature more than 30 speakers representing 23 countries and various Christian churches, as well as Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Taoism and Sikhism.

Buddhist Art Exhibition in Korea

The standing painting was made by paper from Joseon dynasty with 1,317m high. This artifact, one of the largest paintings in Korea was made in 1749 and regarded as a National treasure. 

Pope asks G-20 leaders to remember the poor, work for peace

Pope Francis called for attention to the poor and to the pursuit of peace in a message to the “G-20” meeting that will be held in Brisbane, Australia, on November 15-16.

New Dhammakaya International Center in Australia

A new Dhammakaya International Society of Australia (DISA) center has opened in Sunbury, to the north of Melbourne. The land was purchased in March this year, and after some cultivation as well as renovations to the existing farmhouse and barn, the center is now fully operational. The DISA now has eight such centers spread throughout Australia’s southern land.

Thailand: Consolidating diplomatic relations through Buddhist activities

According to the Thai News Agency, from October 6th to November 8th, Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej presented Kathina robes to monks from 9 pagodas of ASEAN members states and other South Asia countries with the aim to strengthen alliance relationship between Buddhist countries. 

Russia to promote religious diversity by building Buddhist pagoda

The first Moscow's Buddhist pagoda, symbolizing Russia’s religious diversity and promoting friendly interconfessional and interethnic relations, will be built in Russia's capital by 2015.

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