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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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Laos celebrates That Luang festival 2014

On October 31st, 2014, thousands of Lao people took part in That Luang festival 2014 held in accordance with traditional customs of Laos. That Luang festival is one of the biggest Buddhist celebration in Laos.

Floods in Kashmir Damage Buddhist Manuscripts

Floods in Kashmir over the past month have damaged a number of priceless artifacts, including a quantity of ancient Buddhist manuscripts. One of the oldest libraries in Kashmir, the Sri Pratap Singh (SPS) Library, was flooded, damaging the artifacts and over 20,000 books. Some of the manuscripts are thought to be around 2,000 years old.

Opening of Fifth OIC Ministerial Conference on Women’s Role in Development of OIC Member States

The Fifth Ministerial Conference on Women’s Role in Development of OIC Member States was held under the high patronage of First Lady of Azerbaijan, Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva, under the title “The Role of Women in Sustainable Development” in Baku, Azerbaijan on 20-21 October 2014. 

What Are America's Religious Organizations Doing To Prepare For Ebola?

Humans crowd closely together in houses of worship -- and it’s supposed to be that way. People greet each other with hugs and shaking hands; they pray in close proximity and, in some Christian communities, drink from the same cup and share the same bread.

Indonesia Catholics hold mass rallies in Flores mining fight

On October 13, 2014, Hundreds of priests and nuns staged simultaneous rallies today in Jakarta and several towns in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, demanding that the government annul controversial mining permits within 30 days. Indigenous locals have been battling local authorities since 2009, when a mining permit was issued without consultation.

Number of women religious in US falls below 50,000

The number of women religious in the United States has fallen below 50,000, according to a new report from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev acknowledges contributions of Buddhism to strengthen dialogue between communities

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev congratulated the Patriarch of the Traditional Buddhist Sangha of Russia Khambo Lama Damba Ayusheeva on occasion of 250th founding anniversary of the Russian Pandito Khambo-lam Institute on September 27th, 2014.

Korean Buddhist organization builds agricultural hi-tech school in Africa

Most Venerable Jasung, Chief of Korean Jogye Zen Buddhist Sect informed that the general design of the project for building school in Tanzania has been almost finalized and its project construction was expected to be completed in 2015.

Vietnamese children in Singapore celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival

On September 6th, 2014, Vietnamese children living in Singapore gathered at the Embassy to celebrate the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival 

Moscow to Get 2 Buddhist Temples

Construction will begin on two Buddhist temples in Moscow this fall, one of which will be dedicated to Buddhists killed in World War II.

Hong Kong ordains three new auxiliary bishops

On August 30th, 2014, Cardinal John Tong Hon of Hong Kong ordained Father Joseph Ha Chi-shing, Stephen Lee Bun-sang and Michael Yeung Ming-yeung as auxiliary bishops at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral.

Iran 'backs US military contacts' to fight Islamic State

Iran's Supreme Leader has approved co-operation with the US as part of the fight against Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, sources have told BBC Persian.

Sistine Chapel Choir is scheduled to tour Asia

The Sistine Chapel choir, one of the oldest religious choirs in the world, is scheduled to perform several Asian cities including Macao (September 19), Hong Kong (September 21), Taipei (September 23), and will not tour any cities on Mainland China

Caritas Ukraine helps people in crisis

Caritas Ukraine is implementing 5 large-scale assistance projects across the country. Credit: Caritas Ukraine

Indonesia tightens security at world’s largest Buddhist temple after ISIS threat

Indonesian police have been put on alert at the Borobudur Temple after a threat against the world’s biggest Buddhist temple and UNESCO World heritage Site was made on Facebook by Islamic State supporters.

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