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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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Islamic banks are on the rise in Turkey

Selling fruit from a cart in a working-class neighborhood of Istanbul hasn't made Mehmet rich, but he's adamant his modest savings won't ever see the inside of a bank. "Getting paid interest is a sin," he said, piling bunches of grapes onto a rusty set of scales in the conservative Fatih district.

International conference highlights women’s contribution to sustainable development

An international conference entitled “Women and the post-2015 development agenda – The Challenges of Sustainable Development Goals” got was held in Rome Friday.  The May 22-24 event was jointly sponsored by the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace, the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations and the World Women’s Alliance for Life and Family.

Caritas assembly ends with bold vision to care for creation

Caritas Internationalis’ General Assembly has closed with member organisations adopting a vision of “One Human Family, Caring for Creation” on May 17.

Singapore: Buddhist community has ‘set the tone for tolerance, acceptance’

The Buddhist community, the largest religious group in Singapore, has “set the tone of tolerance and acceptance of other faiths”, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, while thanking it for the work it has done to help Singaporeans of all races and religions.

South Korea: Thousands of Buddhist pray for peace

As the sun set over South Korea's capital, the usual cacophony of sounds associated with a bustling major city was replaced by human voices -- hundreds of thousands of them, chanting peacefully.

Touching moment a Sikh man breaks strict religious protocol and removes his turban to help save life of a five-year-old boy who was hit by a car

A Sikh student from New Zealand who broke strict religious protocol by taking off his turban to help save the life of a child hit by a car has been heralded as a hero. Harman Singh, 22, removed his turban to cradle the bleeding head of a five-year-old boy who had been struck on his way to school in Takanini, South Auckland. Mr Singh heard the accident take place outside his home, before running outside to investigate, according to the NZ Herald on May 17. 

Pope Francis meets with Curia leaders ahead of Jubilee Year

Pope Francis presided Monday morning over a meeting with the prefects and presidents of the various Congregations and Pontifical Councils of the Holy See. According to the Vatican, the private meeting was in regards to the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Vatican to recognize Palestinian state in treaty

ROME — The Vatican said Wednesday that it had concluded a treaty to recognize Palestinian statehood, a symbolic but significant step welcomed by Palestinians but upsetting to the Israeli government.

Vietnam, US hold annual human rights dialogue

The 19th session of the Vietnam-US Human Rights Dialogue took place in Hanoi on May 7, focusing on a number of relevant issues such as building the State of the rule of law, judicial reform and freedom of expression, freedom of religion, labor rights, and disability rights.

Jihadists seek to break friendly ties between Syria's Christians and Muslims, Melkite Patriarch says

Melkite Catholic Patriarch Gregory III Laham has said that Islamic militants are actively seeking to create tensions between Syria’s religious communities.

Cuban president Castro thanks Pope Francis for mediating thaw with US

Cuban president Raul Castro has met Pope Francis at the Vatican, thanking the pontiff for his role in brokering an historic rapprochement between Havana and Washington, a papal spokesman says.

India: Maharashtra Government proposes separate Marriage Law for Buddhists

The Maharashtra government has proposed formulation of a separate law for marriages in the Buddhist community, the draft of which will be ready by the end of this month, a senior official said here today.

Srilanka president emphasizes need to strengthen Buddhist vision

On May 4, 2015, Sri Lankan President Maithreepala Sirisena says the Buddhist philosophy is the only solution for social ills brought on due to the commercialization of the society by new technology.

Pope Francis welcomes head of Lutheran Church of Sweden

Catholic-Lutheran dialogue was under the spotlight in the Vatican on Monday as Pope Francis met with the head of the Church of Sweden and Archbishop of Uppsala Antje Jackelén. Originally from Germany, Archbishop Jackelén is Sweden’s first foreign-born archbishop since the 12th century and the first female head of the Church there.

Anti-Muslim Activist And Cartoonist Speak Out Following Garland Shooting

The anti-Muslim activist whose Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas was attacked by two gunmen on Sunday said the shooting shows the importance of her message. Pamela Geller, American Freedom Defense Initiative president and sponsor of the "Draw Muhammad" contest in Garland, Texas, defended her event to CNN's Alisyn Camerota on Monday.

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