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ROME – On Friday Pope Francis condemned once more the use of violence in the name of religion and called on political and religious leaders to warn those who have such a misguided interpretation of faith. “Violence promoted and carried out in the name of religion can only discredit religion itself,”
UK / Again the discussion started. Should Christians avoid yoga ? The yoga Twitter war began. A man took issue by linking yoga to Hindu worship, which appears to be a fair assertion. The debate, however, is hardly anything new. The issue was raised by BBC a few years ago, interestingly by a muslim woman, not by a Christian. Last year, a yoga class was banned from a church hall in the UK. “Yoga is a Hindu spiritual exercise’’ Said the priest, father john chandler.
UK/ The British housing market is now dealing with a new special entry: former Christian churches. A former Methodist church in Surrey was recently put on sale for the first time in its 154-year history. And a few days later, a church in London and went on the market — converted into apartments.
Germany / A historic german church St. Lambertus, was demolished last month. The 19th-Century Catholic site in Germany was destroyed to make way for a coal mine. It is sadly ironic that the only group protesting this shameful destruction was a secular, non-Christian one: greenjpeace protests demolition of german church for expansion of coal mine. Forty activists climbed the church to protest its demolition. They displayed banners reading: “Those who destroy culture also destroy humans”.
Germany / A German politician Arthur wagner for a far-right, anti-Islam party shocked the country by converting to Islam. Now he’s revealed the reason: He didn’t like that his Protestant faith was accepting of gay marriage. Arthur Wagner – who now goes by the first name Ahmed. has been thrust the spotlight since German media reported last week that he had secretly converted to Islam last year.
Malaysia / After trouble in india now the Hindi film Padmaavat is in trouble in Malaysia. The film has been banned in Malaysia for allegedly portraying Islam in bad light. Malaysia’s national censorship board said it took the tough measure “because the plot of the movie gave a bad image about Islam through the role played by a (Muslim) sultan allahuddin khiljee”.
VATICAN / Pope Francis told consecrated men and women Friday that they are called to have real encounters with their brothers and sisters, and that technology should never have a higher priority than time spent with God and others. “Today’s frantic pace leads us to close many doors to encounter, often for fear of others,” the Pope said Feb. 2. “Only shopping malls and internet connections are always open.”
New delhi / Sikh marriages in Delhi will now be registered under the anand marriage act instead of the hindu marraiage act. It was an old demand of Sikh community.
China / East China’s Shandong province has designated an area around Qufu City, the birthplace of Confucius, to serve as a region for cultural tourism and to recognize China’s historical philosophers by 2030, the provincial government said Wednesday.The area will cover 3,631 square kilometers and include the birthplaces of many ancient Chinese thinkers. A world Confucianism research center will be established in the region to promote the study of Confucianism.
India / In india Jains are the richest religious community, with more than 70% of their population in the top quintile. There isn’t much difference between Hindus and Muslims and they are very close to the national distribution of wealth.
US / The U.S. Government has placed Pakistan on a “Special Watch List” for “severe violations of religious freedom,” at the same time it announced cuts to security assistance to that country. Separately, the U.S. State Department redesignated 10 countries, including Myanmar, China, Iran and North Korea, as “countries of particular concern” for having engaged in or tolerated violations of religious freedom. Eritrea, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan also were on the list, the State Department said.
US / These are the top 10 worst violators of the religious Freedom worldwide. Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
Turkey / A Turkish religious body has come under fire for suggesting that girls as young as 9 could marry. The religious body said that girls can marry when they reach puberty. For boys the minimum age was 12. But now in turkey minimum age 18 is necessary to get married.
UAE / Muslims are expected to become the second-largest religious group in the United States after Christians by 2040, according to a new report. There were 3.45 millions Muslims living in the US in 2017 representing about 1.1 percent of the total population.
ROME / Pope Francis has kicked off the new year by shedding light on the plight of persecuted religious minorities in Asia, asking that Catholics join him in praying for these people and for religious freedom in their countries.
FRANCE / Paris hospital’s decision to reject an Egyptian trainee doctor because of his beard has been backed by a court, which agreed that patients might have seen it as a religious symbol. Public hospitals, like other state institutions, must remain secular under France law, and staff are banned from wearing obvious religious symbols. A lawyer acting for the doctor, named only as Mohamed A., argued unsuccessfully that the 2-inch beard did not necessarily indicate his religious practices.
London / Faith organisations have welcomed a report that says the BBC should increase its coverage of religious issues. The BBC’s religion and ethics review, released in Dec 2017, recommended increasing coverage of non-Christian faiths.
FINLAND / A study says that even if you do not believe in God, religion shapes you. The study in Finland explored how religious and non-religious people responded to the idea of God.
India / 14th dalai lama said in benagluru that India’s treasure is that all major religious traditions co-exist in harmony. He said, there are different spiritual traditions whose philosophies are also different, but all of them carry the same message of love.
INDIA / A parsi or Zoroastrian temple first time welcomed the children born to a Zoroastrian mother and her non-parsi Australian husband. The newly opened fire temple in kondhwa in pune welcomes people of all religions and gender. The temple hosted a Novjote ceremony of Two children born to a non-parsi father. Children of women who marry outside the community are not welcome in fire temples. However children of parsi men who have married non-parsi women do not face such discrimination.
Pope was requested to not use the word Rohingya in Myanmar. Pope used the word Rohingya when he met with 16 refugees while in Bangladesh. Pope Francis recalled the Islamic creation story where God, “at the beginning took a bit of salt, put it in water and created the souls of all people.” Speaking of the Rohingya, he said, “These brothers and sisters carry the salt of God within them.” Then he surprised all present by adding, “The presence of God today is also called Rohingya.” Thus, Pope Francis played the diplomatic prophet in Myanmar, but became more forceful in Bangladesh. He also gave encouragement to those who are working for interreligious harmony and dialogue.
The 80 year old Pope Francis was in Myanmar ( Nov. 27-30) and Bangladesh (Nov. 30-Dec 2). This visit was less religious and more diplomatic for the peace and faith in both countries. In Myanmar population is nearly 90 percent Buddhist and 1.2% Catholics. In Muslim country Bangladesh Catholics are less than 1 percent.
Ram Temple and Babri mosque dispute in india is again in news. Again politics, again Court and again discussions. Now the issue is being considered in Supreme court of India. It is Point to be noted that 6th december 1992 is a very controversial day in India. Hindu parties and larger section of Indian society is trying to built A temple on the Disputed site, But India is a secular democracy and in this case permission of Supreme court is necessary.
India is a old secular country with Big heart. For example – Top news paper of india Times of India reports that – There are Three muslim young men giving services to the temporary Ramlalaa temple in ayodhya – the disputed site. Abdul wahid maintains the temple security. Sadiq ali, a tailor, stitches dresses of Ramlalaa and Mehboob does electricity works.
‘All religious saints, seers, scholars and social Thinkers have only spread the message of love and peace. May we resolve to practice love and Promote unity and peace to build a harmonious world.’ Said the Governor of Tamilnadu (A state in india) Banwarilal purohit while addressing a gathering at the meelad-un-Nabi (Birthday of Prophet Mohammed) programme held at Amir mahal- chennai.
In an Indian state Karnataka 7-member panel is working on comprehensive amendment to Muzrai Act. Religious mutts and temples under their control that have so far remained outside the ambit of the government could come within it’s purview if changes being considered for the ‘Muzrai’ Act is any indication.
US supreme court has decided that the Trump administration’s Muslim ban, even as legal challenges to the ban continue. The Supreme Court issued an order on Dec. 4 allowing the Trump administration to temporarily move ahead with the latest version of a ban on Muslim-majority countries as legal challenges proceed in the lower courts. A major plank of candidate Trump’s campaign was his vow of “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” He claimed that “Islam hates us” and that there are “problems with Muslims coming into the country.”
Russia will help remake churches in Syria and establish peace in historically Christian regions of the war-torn country, Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed on during a meeting with representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church.
The Supreme Court of india on Friday issued notice to the Centre on a plea by a Parsi woman who challenged the Parsi Marriage and Divorce Act that allows the local Parsi community to act as jury in the grant of divorce to an estranged couple.
Buddha’s followers can again walk on the actual path taken by the Lord in the sixth century BC in the Jethian-Rajgir valley in Nalanda district as the fourth International Dhamma Walk, popularly known as buddha Walk, on the stretch will be held on December 13.
TEXAS -USA / Un-religious violence. 5 Nov 2017. 21-year-old Devin Kelley opened fire at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 people and wounding about 20 others. Faith related killings and attacks increasing in the world. It is serious matter.
USA / Influence of church in American politics is going to increase. Churches would gain the right to endorse political candidates and still retain their tax-free status under a provision in the House GOP’s tax overhaul plan.
MECCA / There is a proposal for Mecca. Saudi Arabia Kingdom is reportedly planning to modernise Mecca by building a retractable roof over the Kaaba – the most sacred site in Islam. But It is officially not confirmed. Now-a-days Powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is Trying to restore ‘moderate, open’ Islam. It is true that every year, hundreds of pilgrims faint from the intense desert heat as temperatures rise above 40C.
MECCA / Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia 32 years old Mohammed bin Salman is going towards new direction. He said, ‘ We will end extremism very soon. We are returning to what we were before – a country of moderate Islam that is open to all religions and to the world. We will not spend the next 30 years of our lives dealing with destructive ideas. We will destroy them today.’
VATICAN CITY / In Vatican city a special conference is scheduled on 10-11 Nov. In the conference 11 Nobel peace laureates, top U.N. and NATO officials and ambassadors from key countries will participate. Before the conference Pope Francis warned that “humanity risks suicide” with the increased threat of nuclear confrontation between the U.S. and North Korea. Pope said that “a good part of humanity would be destroyed if tensions on the Korean Peninsula escalated.
NANKANA SAHIB / PAKISTAN / This year Pakistan Government issued visas to over 2,600 Sikh pilgrims to attend the birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev from today till November 11. Other then Indians around 500 devotee from different countries have arrived at Gurdwara Punja Sahib to offer religious rituals in connection with the 548th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak- the founder of sikh religion.
NEW DELHI / RSS head Mr. Mohan Bhagwat said: “Hinduness is different from Hinduism. With time, we change. When someone says I am a Hindu, it is not about religion or how one lives. It is about accepting others as they are. It is not about you should wear this, eat this … that imposition is an ‘ism’. Hinduness is free from this ‘ism’. Hinduness is the ever-changing quality of Hinduism.”
NEW DELHI / Eighty-four percent (84%) of the global population self-identifies as religious.
AUSTRALIA / ManyWestern countries continue to witness decline in religious belief and practice. The most recent census data released in Australia, for example, shows that 30 per cent of the population identify as having ‘no religion’, and that this percentage is increasing.
VATICAN CITY / Pope Francis will travel to Myanmar and bangladesh this year for a landmark visit that is likely to focus international attention on the plight of the stateless Rohingya Muslim minority. The leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics will be in myanmar from 27 to 30 November and neighbouring Bangladesh from 30 November to 2 December.
JENEVA / In developing world some people are still fighting in the name of religion. There are nearly 13 illiberal countries such as Afghanistan, Nigeria, Qatar, Malaysia, Pakistan, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Mauritiania, Yeman, Maldives Saudi Arabia and UAE etc where apostasy mandates death penalty. Here you can’t challenge the local religion.
INDIA / India is a land of religions. Some people in india are trying to make a new religion Lingayata. On July 19, at a rally in Bidar, Lingayats from northern Karnakata, Andhra, Telengana and Maharastra announced the community’s decision to form a religion independent of Hinduism.
UK – LONDON / The School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London announced July 11 that it has secured a £5 million donation to create the SOAS ShapoorjiPallonji Institute of Zoroastrian Studies.
CHINA / The holy place Shandong is famous for Chinese Philosopher the great Confucius. It is good news that a Trip or service Plan – The Dragon is expanding its services. High quality, affordable and off-the-beaten track school trips to Shandong is being possible.
HAIFA / This year, on Oct. 21 Bahá’ís around the world are going to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the prophet-founder of the Bahá’í Faith. Bahá’ís view Bahá’u’lláh as one of God’s Manifestations, who have continuously and progressively revealed God’s will to mankind at various times in our history.
HAIFA / BAHA’I world centre situated in Haifa. Here A new Pilgrim Reception Centre has opened, ready to receive a growing number of pilgrims and visitors at the spiritual and administrative center of the Baha’i Faith. The three-story stone structure, which is located immediately to the west of the Shrine of the Bab.
INDIA / Madras High court Justice S. vaidyanathan said that opposition to worshipping Panchbhootam (Five element of nature) in the name of rationality is a reason for ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION. Religious beliefs are protective of human civilization and the environment. Justice said “Our tradition and values, passed down to us from our ancestors, are not wrong beliefs. They are scientific, rational and logical. That is why they worshiped nature.
VATICAN CITY / Pope Francis is now against any new change in religious practices or worship. He declared that the Roman Catholic Church’s liturgical reforms of the 1960s are “irreversible”. It is being considered as a move designed to stop groups of traditionalists trying to roll back those changes.
भारत – सिख धर्म का ही एक समूह डेरा सच्चा सौदा के प्रमुख गुरमित राम रहिम को कोर्ट ने कुकर्म के कारण सजा सुनाई है, जिसको लेकर हिंसा हुई है। धर्म के ज्यादातर भारतीय विशेषज्ञ मानते हैं कि डेरा प्रमुख का जीवन कहीं से भी संतों की तरह नहीं रहा है और उनमें आध्यात्मिकता की कमी साफ झलकती है।
Jeneva – In developing world some people are still fighting in the name of religion. There are nearly 13 illiberal countries such as Afghanistan, Nigeria, Qatar, Malaysia, Pakistan, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Mauritiania, Yeman, Maldives Saudi Arabia and UAE etc where apostasy mandates death penalty. Here you can’t challenge the local religion.
India – India is a land of religions. Some people in india are trying to make a new religion Lingayata. On July 19, at a rally in Bidar, Lingayats from northern Karnakata, Andhra, Telengana and Maharastra announced the community’s decision to form a religion independent of Hinduism.
India – Mumbai – Parsis in India and Pakistan follow the Shahenshahi calendar does not take into account leap years and as a result of which, the Parsi New Year is celebrated in India and Pakistan about 200 days after it is celebrated across the world.
UK – London – The School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London announced July 11 that it has secured a £5 million donation to create the SOAS ShapoorjiPallonji Institute of Zoroastrian Studies.
China – The holy place Shandong is famous for Chinese Philosopher the great Confucius.It is good news that a Trip or service Plan – The Dragon is expanding its services. High quality, affordable and off-the-beaten track school trips to Shandong is being possible.
India – Jain religion is celebrating Paryushan Parv. One of the most important festivals of Jains, which lasts for about 8 to 10 days. The main objective of the this festival is to seek forgiveness from God and people.
China – Beijing – China government has appointed Communist Party and government officials to manage one of the world’s largest centers of Tibetan Buddhist learning.
Haifa – This year, on Oct. 21 Bahá’ís around the world are going to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the prophet-founder of the Bahá’í Faith. Bahá’ís view Bahá’u’lláh as one of God’s Manifestations, who have continuously and progressively revealed God’s will to mankind at various times in our history.
Haifa – BAHA’I world centre situated in Haifa. Here A new Pilgrim Reception Centre has opened, ready to receive a growing number of pilgrims and visitors at the spiritual and administrative center of the Baha’i Faith. The three-story stone structure, which is located immediately to the west of the Shrine of the Bab.
Israel – This jewish country is changing . Israeli state panel has proposed Special Status for ‘Jew-ish’ non-Jews – Letting Them Stay Longer in Israel. New move to recognize people with Jewish roots, emerging communities and groups of Crypto-Jews, is meant to allow them explore their Jewish heritage and learn about Israel.
MECCA – It is now time for HAJ. In The Holy Mecca artists are preparing an embroidered black and gold cloth to cover the Kaaba, the holiest site in Islam. Known as the kiswa, the cloth is woven from silk and cotton and adorned with verses from the Koran. Nearly 670 kg (1,477 pounds) of silk is from Italy and Silver-gold-plated thread from Germany.
USA – Paula White, pastor of an evangelical megachurch and one of President Trump’s spiritual advisers, said on television that the president is “authentically raised up by God.” White said. “And I mean that with all due respect. Because in other words, he is not a polished politician. In other words, he is authentically — whether people like it or not — has been raised up by God.”
India – Madras High court Justice S. vaidyanathan said that opposition to worshipping Panchbhootam (Five element of nature) in the name of rationality is a reason for ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION. Religious beliefs are protective of human civilization and the environment. Justice said “Our tradition and values, passed down to us from our ancestors, are not wrong beliefs. They are scientific, rational and logical. That is why they worshiped nature.
VATICAN CITY : Pope Francis is now against any new change in religious practices or worship. He declared that the Roman Catholic Church’s liturgical reforms of the 1960s are “irreversible.” It is being considered as a move designed to stop groups of traditionalists trying to roll back those changes.