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Counsellors look ahead as conference concludes | BWNS

Counsellors from across the world spent the past six days consulting about how Bahá’í efforts to foster social transformation can further intensify in the years ahead.

2021 in review: A momentous year | BWNS

BWNS looks back on a historic year of intense efforts by countless people and communities, including marking the centenary of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s passing.

Ignoring COVID-19 will just perpetuate it, WHO warns 

As many friends and families consider whether to celebrate Christmas together, the UN health agency issued a reminder on Wednesday that “anyone who ignores COVID-19 is…perpetuating it”. 

Lifesaving support for new mothers in crisis-wracked Afghanistan

The Malalai Maternity Hospital is one of the busiest in the Afghan capital, Kabul, welcoming around 85 babies into the world every day, including 20 by Caesarean section. But the ongoing crisis in the country is drastically undermining the staff’s capacity to care for their patients.

BIC New York: UN Calls on Iran to end religious discrimination

The UN General Assembly calls on Iran to observe human rights for all its citizens, including members of the Bahá’í Faith.

Migrant workers still at great risk despite key role in global economy

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the key role that migrant workers play in the global economy, as well as the “terrible risks” that they are forced to take, to find work.

Turkey: Mayor of Edirne marks centenary of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s passing

The centenary was recently honored in Edirne, where Bahá’u’lláh, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, and a small band of believers lived as exiles for over four years.

Pastafarianism: lack of required conditions of seriousness and cohesion, to be protected, ECHR says

Given the applicant’s complaints, the core question was whether Pastafarianism could be regarded as a “religion” or “belief” to be protected by Article 9. The Court replied in the negative. In particular

Houses of Worship: Bahá’í temples become focal points of commemorations

On Saturday, Bahá’í Houses of Worship became focal points of centenary commemorations, bringing diverse people together for profound reflection on ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s life.

Council of Europe’s human rights dilemma

The Council of Europe has come into a serious dilemma between two of its own conventions that contain texts based on outdated discriminatory policies from the first part of the 1900s and the modern...

Are you sure you want to share that? Sorting online fact from fiction

Since the creation of the World Wide Web, we have had access to more information than ever before. However, we are also bombarded with dangerous disinformation. The UN’s Verified campaign has launched an online course to help us decide which is which, and protect vulnerable people from potential harm.

Centenary of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s passing: Formal program begins after days of spiritual preparation

The formal program for the centenary began today with a reading of a message by the Universal House of Justice addressed to the gathering.

Centenary of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s passing: Representatives prepare themselves in spiritual atmosphere

Representatives have been preparing for the centenary, visiting Bahá’í Holy Places associated with the lives of Bahá’u’lláh and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.

Centenary of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s passing: Representatives from around the world arrive

Representatives of Bahá’í communities from around the world have been arriving in Haifa for a gathering at the Bahá’í World Centre commemorating the centenary.

“Exemplar”: New film explores ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s profound effect on people past and present

A film commissioned by the Universal House of Justice for the centenary commemoration of the passing of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá has been released.

60% of migrants who spoke to WHO/Europe on the Belarus-Lithuania border need some form of medical attention

The Regional Director calls for the health of migrants along the Belarussian border to be protected and depoliticized Copenhagen, 12 November 2021 WHO/Europe has sent a team of experts to Lithuania for a rapid assessment to...

Religious News From Around the Web November 8, 2021

Sikh Festival Draws 100,000 to Yuba City, Calif.; Texas Voters Amend State Constitution, Expand Religious Liberty; Judge: Religion Exempt From LGBTQ Bias Liability; U.S. Supreme Court On Religious Liberty Cases; Christian Website Designer LGBTQ...

Religious News From Around the Web November 1, 2021

President Biden “a Good Catholic” Says Pope Francis; Buddhist Reality and Freedom From Illusion; Ásatrú, Viking Religion on Rise in Iceland; Religious Exemption to Vaccine Mandates Rejected by Supreme Court; America: An Evolving Identity...

An overview of the European Convention on Human Rights

The European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) is widely recognized as an important and effective international treaty for human rights protection. It has had an important role in the development and awareness raising of...

European Court rejects request for an advisory opinion on biomedicine treaty

The European Court of Human Rights has decided not to accept the request for an advisory opinion submitted by the Council of Europe’s Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO) under Article 29 of the Convention on...

Council of Europe again being urged to promote human rights

Members of the European Parliament Disability Intergroup and the Coalition for Mental Health and Wellbeing this week addressed the Committee of Bioethics of the Council of Europe with a new demand that the Committee...

WHO/Europe urges countries to collect gender data through their health information systems

Accurate gender data is critical for building an effective and equitable response to the COVID-19 pandemic, says a new WHO report launched at this year’s Gender Equality Index conference.

What is the Synod of Bishops? A Catholic Priest and Theologian Explains, By William Clark

On Oct. 10, 2021, Pope Francis formally opened a two-year process called “a synod on synodality,” officially known as Synod 2021-2023: For a Synodal Church.” In brief, the process involves an expansion of an...

Bahá’í World Publication: New essays honoring life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá focus on peace and higher education

The Bahá’í World online publication releases two new articles.

WHO announces plan for ‘profound transformation’ following sexual abuse allegations in DR Congo

The suffering of survivors of sexual abuse allegedly perpetrated by World Health Organization staff during the tenth Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is going to be “the catalyst for a profound transformation” of WHO’s culture. 
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