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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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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