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Local authorities of Kien Giang, Dong Thap & Can Tho city hold exchange meetings with religious dignitaries

Local authorities extend Tet greetings to religious followers

Religious dignitaries attend exchange meeting with provincial government of Tay Ninh

Da Nang municipal authorities held exchange meeting with local religious dignitaries

Religious committee in Gia Lai visits local oroganizations

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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.

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.

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