WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is deeply troubled by the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), originally introduced by Home Minister Amit Shah, in the Lok Sabha – the lower house of the Indian Parliament. The bill has the potential to remove citizenship from Muslims on religious grounds.
India’s government has tabled a bill in parliament which offers amnesty to non-Muslim illegal immigrants from three neighbouring countries. The controversial bill seeks to provide citizenship to religious minorities in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
Pope Francis wrapped up an often sombre trip to Japan on Tuesday that focused on the nuclear industry and his long-held opposition to atomic weapons. Before leaving Tokyo, Francis celebrated morning Mass in the chapel of the Jesuit-run Sophia University and visited retired and sick priests before delivering a speech on Jesuit education in the final event of his week-long visit to Asia.
When Prime Minister Scott Morrison visits India in January 2020, he will take with him three stolen artefacts (statues) from the National Gallery of Australia (Canberra). The National Gallery of Australia is voluntarily returning pieces procured unethically. These include a pair of dvarpalas (door guardians) from 15th century Tamil Nadu, and a statue of Nagaraja (serpent king), believed to be from 6th to 8th century Rajasthan or Madhya Pradesh.
Representatives from multiple faith and religious backgrounds came together in Madrid, Spain on 1 December to find common ground in preparation for the United Nations Conference of Parties (COP) 25 in Madrid, Spain.
“We are grateful that Thay is so clear and engaged with respect to his medical care, which helps us make decisions to support his needs,” Plum Village writes in a new letter to students.
On November 28, Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh traveled from Huế, Vietnam to Thailand for a medical check-up at a hospital in Bangkok, a letter to his students from Plum Village reports.
His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, speaking during the closing session of the Amsterdam International Water Week on 5 November, said that “clean water is nothing less than a moral crisis and a moral challenge.”