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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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Pope Francis on climate change: Time is of the essence

Pope Francis tells finance ministers they have “the responsibility of working to achieve the goals that your governments have adopted” to combat climate change.

Senior Cambodian Minister Urges Greater Buddhist Involvement in Society

Cambodia’s interior minister Sar Kheng expressed hope last Saturday for a deeper Buddhist engagement with Cambodian society during a visit to Prey Veng Province. The senior politician made his statement during a dedication ceremony at a pagoda in the Popeus commune of Svay Antor District on 25 May.

12th-century Afghan minaret saved, for now, after floods

The minaret of Jam, a revered Afgha historical treasure, has been saved from imminent danger after hundreds of workers diverted surging floodwaters that were gnawing at the 12th-century tower, officials said Monday.

Iraq hands over 188 Turkish children of suspected IS members

A judiciary spokesman says Iraq has handed over 188 Turkish children of suspected Islamic State militants to Turkey.

Church group calls on incoming senators to work for welfare of the people

With administration bets leading the 2019 senatorial race, an official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Prison Pastoral Care (CBCP-ECPPC) has called on the country’s would be senators to pass pieces of legislations with the welfare of the people in mind, and not just to please the president.

Iraq Courts Sentences 3 French Men to Death

An Iraqi court has sentenced three French citizens to death after finding them guilty for joining the Islamic State group.

Philippines declares Virgin Mary's birthday a holiday

The Philippine Congress has passed a bill declaring Sept. 8, the Feast of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, a national holiday.

Security forces eliminate 16 terrorists in Arish: Interior Ministry

The Interior Ministry announced the elimination of two terrorist cells comprised of 16 members in Arish, who were armed with firearms and explosives according to a statement Tuesday.

UN team unearths 12 mass graves in Iraq probe of IS crimes

A UN team investigating the massacre of Iraq's Yazidi minority and other atrocities has excavated 12 mass graves and is collecting witness accounts that could be used in Iraqi and other national courts, according to a UN report seen by AFP on Monday.

Putin proposes polling residents on Yekaterinburg church construction

Sochi, May 16, Interfax - It is necessary to take into account the opinion of residents on the construction of St. Catherine's Church in Yekaterinburg; local residents should be polled, and the interests of both supporters and opponents of the project should be respected, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

Egypt sentences two to death over church attack

An Egyptian court on Sunday sentenced two men to death and eight others to between three years and life in prison over an attack on a church and Christian-owned shop in Cairo that killed 10 people.

France passes law on speedy Notre Dame restoration

French lawmakers on May 10 approved a controversial law for restoring Notre Dame within five years, after the famous Paris cathedral sustained major fire damage last month.

Pope Francis Issues Rules Requiring Priests And Nuns To Report Abuse

Pope Francis has issued new rules obligating priests and nuns to report incidents of abuse or cover-ups to church authorities, saying, "The crimes of sexual abuse offend Our Lord, cause physical, psychological and spiritual damage to the victims and harm the community of the faithful."

Columbia University Hosts Buddhist Chaplaincy Conference in New York

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University hosted an international conference on Buddhist chaplaincy and faith-based social services from 4–5 May. The conference was co-sponsored by the International Center of Chinese Buddhist Culture and Education in the US and the International Center for Buddhist Studies at Renmin University in Beijing.

Shared meals and torch-lit parades: Indonesia Muslims welcome Ramadan

From cleaning up relatives' graves and sharing food with the poor to holding colourful torch-lit street parades, millions of Indonesians are getting ready to welcome the holy month of Ramadan in the world's populous Muslim-majority country.

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