Malaysia: Committed Christians Promote Harmony in Multireligious Society

The representatives of the “Perkasa” human rights group, together with the youth wing of the PAS Islamist party, were among the various Malay-Muslim groups present at a Christmas celebration organized during the Christmas season by the “Christians for Peace and Harmony in Malaysia Movement, CPHM”. The event also included groups such as Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (Abim), the Selangor Islamic Religious Council, the Malaysian Missionary Buddhist Society, the Malaysian Buddhist Association of Malaysia and the Bahai Malay Community, along with other Christian leaders.

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Thailand’s rebel female Buddhist monks defy tradition


NAKHON PATHOM, Thailand (Reuters) – Boodsabann Chanthawong recently joined a growing number of women defying generations of Thai Buddhist tradition by becoming ordained as novice monks at an unrecognized all-female monastery outside Bangkok.

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Goodwill Opening Speech – Religions for Peace Bangladesh Seminar

Religions for Peace Bangladesh is holding this symposium on the need for world and regional peace and the importance of dialogue, not only between religions but also within religions. We in Australia commend their initiative. I thank you for your invitation and gracious welcome. It is eight years since my first visit to Dhaka and in that time Bangladesh has made good economic progress which will continue into the future.

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Indonesia’s interfaith figures call for fight against ‘religious exclusivism’

JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – A number of Indonesian religious, cultural and interfaith figures have formulated a document called the Jakarta Treatise in response to the rising tide of religious conservatism sweeping the country. The document, prepared by former Constitution Court Chief Justice and Catholic Priests, is an attempt to play down the religion card in the forthcoming elections.

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Bangladesh: World Peace through Interfaith and Intrafaith Dialogue

In Dhaka on November 27th-28th 2018, Religions for Peace Bangladesh sponsored an international seminar on World Peace through Interfaith and Intrafaith Dialogue in association with Religions for Peace Asia. It was attended by about 140 religious and interfaith leaders together with religious scholars and researchers from Bangladesh and international attendees from Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar and Sri Lanka.

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Bangladesh: International seminar on “World Peace through Interfaith and Intra-faith Dialogue”

An International Seminar on World Peace through Interfaith and Intra-faith Dialogue was organized by Asian conference of Religions for Peace (ACRP)/ Religions for Peace (RfP) Asia, Bangladesh Chapter was held on 27 and 28 November 2018 at hotel The Westin Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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WCC offers condolences in wake of Indonesia tsunami



After the tsunami hit the coast on Indonesia’s Sunda Strait, the World Council of Churches reached out with condolences to people who have lost loved ones. More than 12,000 residents have fled to higher ground amid further tsunami warnings.

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Vatican and Vietnam to upgrade ties

Vatican and Vietnamese officials have agreed to upgrade relations through the appointment in the near future of a permanent papal representative to Hanoi. A Vatican delegation for a Dec. 18-20 visit, during which the agreement was reached, was led by Monsignor Antoine Camilleri, under-secretary for relations with states. One of the aims of the talks was to help resolve bitter disputes over confiscated church properties.

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Vatican-Vietnam: Holy See delegation meetings in Hanoi

On the 19th of December 2018, there will take place the seventh meeting of the Joint Working Group of the Holy See – Vietnam. The meeting aims to deepen and develop bilateral relations. Pending diplomatic relations provide for a “non-permanent” nuncio. Issues related to ecclesiastical properties and religious freedom are more delicate as are issues for human rights in Viet Nam.

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