Religious leaders criticize persecution of Indian minorities

LAHORE: Leaders of different faiths and schools of religious thought in Pakistan have called on global human rights bodies to take immediate action to end atrocities against minorities in India by extremist Hindu groups under the patronage of the state. Religious leaders also called on the UN, OIC and global human rights watchdogs to take immediate action against the persecution …

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Visitors flock to shrines and temples, but still a relative trickle

Visitors to Sensoji Temple, Meiji Shrine, Naritasan Shinshoji Temple, and Kawasaki Daishi Temple in the greater Tokyo area on January 1 (Photo taken by Takahiro Kumakura) On January 1, the number of visitors to Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples in the greater Tokyo area was up from the same day in 2021, when Japan was plagued by a surge in …

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The ancient Indraprastha

The history of the capital of India is so closely linked to the history of Bharat, Hindustan and India that it is indeed difficult to speak of one without the other. The formidable challenge is not the dearth of sources or reference materials: on the contrary, it is how to sift the “salient” from the plethora of information about a …

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12 dead in wave of crowds at popular Hindu shrine in Kashmir

Crowds at popular Hindu shrine in Indian-controlled Kashmir killed at least 12 and injured 15 on New Years Day Through Associated Press AIJAZ HUSSAIN January 1, 2022, 9:33 a.m. • 2 minutes to read Share on FacebookShare on twitterEmail this article SRINAGAR, India – A wave of crowds at a popular Hindu shrine in Indian-controlled Kashmir killed at least 12 …

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Buddhist monk calls for global understanding, respect for religions

A prominent Thai Buddhist monk called on people around the world to understand their respective beliefs so that they could “share and respect” other religions. Dec 31 2021 Senior Buddhist monk Phramaha Thongrattana Thavorn, a member of the Focolare movement, also known as Luce Ardente, is seen greeting Pope Francis in this undated photo from the Focolare movement. BANGKOK: A …

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NASA and priests preparing for ETI contact?

NASA and religion? Oh good? Yes really. “NASA Hires Priests to Prepare Humans for Contact with Aliens,” the headline read. “NASA paid priests to know how to deal with aliens,” reads another. [Alien in spiritual triangle by Thomas Larch] Is NASA really teaming up with the clergy to better prepare Earth society for an extraterrestrial encounter? Yes. And no. Sorta. …

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Historic conclave: Chinese bishops and priests brief Hong Kong clerics on Xi Jinping’s view on religion

Chinese bishops and religious leaders briefed senior Catholic clergy officials in Hong Kong on President Xi Jinping’s vision for a religion with “Chinese characteristics” at an unprecedented meeting hosted by the mainland’s representative office in the city, according to four religious. Clerics who attended or were aware of the October 31 meeting described it as Beijing’s most assertive move to …

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