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Wealthy Indian girl renounces fortune, enters strict religious order

The child is one of the youngest people to have taken the "diksha" ceremony to abandon their material possessions and enter the Jain monkhood

Philippine gov’t hit for using religion to justify non-passage of laws...

“The government cannot use the Catholic religion to oppose the passage of laws protecting and affirming the rights of LGBTQIA+ people"

Indonesia religious summit: Iraqi archbishop calls for courageous dialogue among religions

The archbishop stressed that the roots of some of the “unique horrors of the last decades” were not only religious but also geopolitical

Southeast Asian parliamentarians warn against ‘politicization of religion’

The ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights noted an “increasing conservatism and discrimination against minorities worldwide”

‘Vegetarian’ temple crocodile mourned in India

The revered reptile was found floating lifeless in the lake early on Monday after reportedly being off its food for several days

Pope Francis warns against use of religion as prop for power

"May we never allow the sacred to be exploited by the profane. The sacred must never be a prop for power, nor power a prop for the sacred."

China remodels major mosque in Beijing to remove Middle Eastern influence

Photos of the Doudian Mosque, the largest in northern China, show it covered in scaffolding

Religion to play key role in debates on same-sex union legislation,...

“What will the people say if we prioritize (the same-sex union bill) while we face a lot of problems,” said Senator Pimentel

Our Lady of the Sea

Religion assists the people of the sea, particularly seafarers, in coping with dangerous and emotionally challenging workplaces

How the Chinese Communist Party sees organized religion

Any organized religion “is perceived as a threat,” said an expert, adding that the party is trying to “create a new type of religion”

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