Neighbors say the noisy atmosphere detracts from the festivals’ religious origins — and the country’s quiet Buddhist getaway image.
As ethno-religious conflicts and extremism hinder Myanmar’s democratic reforms, faith leaders across the country emphasize the need for interfaith dialogue and religious tolerance.
(RNS) Many of the nation’s smaller religious groups are more proportionally represented in the 114th Congress that is to be sworn in on Tuesday.
YANGON, Myanmar (RNS) A draft marriage bill would govern unions between Buddhist women and men of other faiths. After a series of requirements, the marriage could only then take place if no objections were raised.
(RNS) In “Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler,” airing on PBS beginning Tuesday (Dec. 16), American pilgrims travel to some of the most sacred sites in the world: Jerusalem, Mecca, the Ganges River, the Shikoku Trail, Osun-Osogbo and Lourdes.
(RNS) Popular pilgrimage features protagonists who go on long, transformational journeys of both feet and faith. It is that transformational nature that separates pilgrimage from travel — pilgrimage is a vocation, not a vacation.
ROME (RNS) The Vatican has not had diplomatic ties with China since 1951, and China’s Communist leaders object to meetings between heads of state and the Tibetan leader.
SITTWE, Myanmar (RNS) As Myanmar steps into the spotlight this week, the worsening plight of the Rohingya Muslim minority is casting a shadow over the country’s hopes for democratic reforms.
(RNS) A new study of Twitter finds that atheists — among the smallest populations in the U.S. — are the most prolific tweeters.