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Deadly Mexico quake unearths ancient temple

Scientists at the Teopanzolco archeological site discovered an ancient temple this week that was exposed by a devastating earthquake in central Mexico last September.

Church of England goes for growth with more than 100 new churches planned

The Church of England is to plant more than 100 new churches in coastal areas, market towns and outer urban housing estates.

Pope expresses solidarity and sadness for victims of Japan floods

Pope Francis expressed his "heartfelt solidarity" with all those affected by the worst flood disaster to strike western Japan in 35 years and said he is praying “especially for the repose of the deceased, the healing of those injured and the consolation of all those who grieve”.

Genfest 2018 concludes in Manila with a call to loving, sharing, unity

Some 6,000 young people from over 100 nations concluded their youth festival on Sunday in the Philippine capital, Manila, after 3 days of  sharing, music, art and concrete actions in the name of brotherhood. 

Buddhist order to build village for 'Seon' meditation in southern city

South Korea's mainstream Buddhist order has set out to build a large-scale complex in a southern city to provide experiences of "Seon" meditation, better known as Zen meditation, to Buddhist followers as well as ordinary people, a committee in charge of the project said Wednesday.

Japan executes cult leader behind 1995 Sarin gas subway attack

The leader of a cult in Japan whose followers released deadly gas in the Tokyo subway in 1995, killing 13 people and injuring thousands, was executed Friday.

Middle East plays vital role in promoting Christian unity, cardinal says

Pope Francis' visit to the southern Italian Adriatic port city of Bari will be an occasion to once again affirm the church's closeness with persecuted Christians in the Middle East, Swiss Cardinal Kurt Koch said.

Holy See: Human rights abuse in the fight against terrorism fuels terrorism

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Apostolic Nuncio and Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York addressed a high-level conference on counter-terrorism.

Chinese and Japanese scholars celebrate reproduction of Song Dynasty Tripitaka

A joint team of Chinese and Japanese scholars on Saturday marked the completion of a mammoth undertaking began in 2012 to reprint a rare 5,500-volume translation of the Tripitaka from China’s Song dynasty (960–1279).

Turkey’s ancient temple site gets UNESCO heritage status

A Turkish ancient temple site in southeastern Anatolia was given UNESCO World Heritage status on Sunday, the UN agency announced at a meeting in the Bahraini capital Manama.

Pope Francis meets French President Macron

At a private audience in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace on Tuesday, Pope Francis and France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, exchange gifts and discuss the environment, migration, and disarmament.

North and South Korean church leaders share table, issue call to lift sanctions on DPRK

A two-day historic meeting involving church leaders from both the North and South of the Korean Peninsula has ended in Geneva with the Ecumenical Forum for Peace, Reunification and Development Cooperation on the Korean Peninsula (EFK) issuing a call to "Seek Peace and Pursue It."

Pakistani Taliban appoints new leader after deadly drone strike

The Pakistani Taliban announced it had appointed a new leader on Saturday after the militant group confirmed for the first time its former chief Maulana Fazlullah was killed in a US drone strike last week.

South Korea Unveils Restored 1,300-year-old Buddhist Pagoda

South Korea on Wednesday unveiled the fruit of a nearly 20-year project to restore the country’s oldest and largest stone Buddhist pagoda, Mireuksaji Seoktap, which is believed to date to the seventh century.

The Church teaches the values of the Indian Constitution in Catholic schools

We need to read, comment and teach the new generations the Preamble of the Indian Constitution in Church-managed schools in India: this is what the Office for Education and Culture under the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) says in a document sent to Agenzia Fides. The document comes at a political moment when the nationalistic government of the Barathiya Janata Party, in power in the Federation, promotes policies that go in the direction of turning India into a single-religious nation.

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