Vietnamese monks ordered to stop scamming faithful with ‘bad karma eviction’ ceremonies

Vietnamese authorities have ordered monks at a popular Buddhist pagoda to stop “soul summoning” and “bad karma eviction” ceremonies after an investigation found the rituals were a scam.

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Peace is common denominator of all major religions

The Christian Conference of Asia gathered over 100 participants representing seven religions including Christian, Buddhist, Islamic, Jewish, Bahai, Hindu and Sikh to meet with the participants of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace Reference Group to discuss relevant issues about religion and their implications to the Asian society.

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Partnership Among All to Overcome Terrorism



Deeply troubled by and strongly condemning the terrorist suicide bombing that killed over 40 Indians in the Indian-administered part of Kashmir, concerned over escalating tensions between the Governments of Pakistan and India, heartened by good will gestures that tamp down escalating tensions, and noting that all countries and communities are vulnerable to terrorism, we hereby call upon all Governments, religious communities and men and women of goodwill to unite to reject all forms of violent extremism, especially violence undertaken in the name of God.

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Papua: Racism, climate change and economic justice in the spotlight

The 56th meeting of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Commission of the Churches on International Affairs took place in Bali, Indonesia, on 24 – 28 February, discussing many of the most critical concerns of churches in the region and around the world.

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Papua: World Council of Churches visit, human rights situation

An ecumenical delegation coordinated by the World Council of Churches (WCC) visited Indonesia on 15-22 February, including the provinces of Papua and Papua Barat – where increasing violence and discrimination against indigenous Papuan people was recently highlighted in a joint statement by five UN human rights mandate-holders.

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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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