Christmas Guards for Indonesian Churches

Nearly 50,000 churches across Indonesia, including some previously attacked by terrorists, are to be guarded during the Christmas period. The massive operation is to involve more than 90,000 police and soldiers and a moderate Muslim youth group will join the protection effort. National Police spokesperson Brig. Gen Dedi Prasetyo said that Christmas security this year will be focused on churches in 13 provinces, including on the main islands of Java and Sumatra as well as Bali, East Nusa Tenggara, North Sulawesi, Maluku and Papua.

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Pakistani clerics who led violent protests over blasphemy acquittal are charged with terrorism

Leaders of a hard-line Islamist group that staged violent protests across Pakistan after a Christian woman was acquitted of blasphemy will face charges of terrorism, according to the Pakistan Government.

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Religions for Peace Launches Historic Movement for Rainforest Protection

Rainforests sustain all life on the planet, provide 1.6 billion people with the necessities of life, store millions of tons of carbon, regulate the global climate, and create cooling air and rains that support life on Earth. They are home to indigenous peoples and forest communities that have served as their guardians for many generations. If protected and restored, rainforests can provide an indispensable contribution to sustainable development. Instead, they are at grave risk.

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Laos: Freedom of Worship and Expression Suppressed

Laos recognizes four faiths; Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Bahai, but it remains an overwhelmingly Buddhist nation, and the communists have had to come to terms with religious clerics since they ousted a 600-year-old Buddhism-based monarchy in 1975.

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Malaysia: Putrajaya urged to ratify UN declaration on religious freedom

KUALA LUMPUR: A DAP parliamentarian today urged Malaysia to sign and ratify the United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief, which will allow for religious freedom in the country.

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Young Ambassadors of Peace in Asia – Interfaith Program

The third annual training of peace activists through the Young Ambassadors of Peace in Asia (YAPA) opened during an interfaith service at the headquarters of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) on 15 October. The program has the theme, Peace with Justice and Human Security: Interfaith Perspectives

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Consultation explores relationship between interreligious dialogue, liberation

An interreligious consultation on ‘Interreligious Dialogue and Liberation’ jointly organized by the World Council of Churches and the Council for World Mission, Singapore explored the promise and possibilities inherent in integrating liberationist concerns to interreligious dialogue.

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Asian church leaders search for grassroots perspective on Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace

General secretaries and other high-ranking national church leaders from nine Asian countries gathered in Chiang Mai, Thailand, from 4-7 September to pave the way for a coherent and well-coordinated Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace (PJP) Asia Focus-2019.

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