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In Maharashtra, police took action against the mob which gather together for Namaz.

Police registered the cases against 29 people who gathered for Namaz at a mosque by refusing curfew order impose by Maharashtra Government...

Upset Hindus urge Papa John’s to withdraw its Papadias TV Commercial ‘Yoga immediately’ and apologize.

Upset Hindus are urging Papa John’s, pizza delivery company headquartered in Louisville (Kentucky), to withdraw its Papadias TV Commercial ‘Yoga immediately’ and apologize...

Coronavirus pandemic: Kolkata Churches will not hear confessions.

Till the lockdown is over, priests of Roman Catholic Churches, under the Archdiocese of Kolkata, will not hear confessions...

In Kolkata, over one lakh Christians attend online Church mass.

Over one lakh Christians in Kolkata and some living abroad attended the Holy Eucharist mass online, read out by Archbishop Thomas D'Souza from Archbishop House on Park Street...

UP CM Yogi Adityanath shifts idol of Ram Lalla to the makeshift temple in Ayodhya.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath attended a ceremony at the Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya and shifted the idol of Ram Lalla to the makeshift temple...

Church priest arrested for violating the Government's orders on Coronavirus pandemic.

In Kerala, a priest has been arrested for conducting mass despite strict direction to suspend services in the wake of coronavirus disease...

Telangana Churches to go online to preach Bible teachings.

Pastors and evangelists of several Churches across the State took to social media to preach the Bible as part of Sunday mass because all services being suspended till March 31, 2020, in the wake of Coronavirus pandemic...

Coronavirus hits Kumbh preparations in Haridwar.

Coronavirus scare has singed preparations for Maha Kumbh Mela, one of the largest congregations in the history of mankind...

Criminal cases are registered against the Maulana, trustees of the mosque in Mumbai.

To prevent the spread of Coronavirus, the Collector imposed section 144 under which mobilization is prohibited. However, many Muslims of Vasai gather together for namaz. For violating the Collector's order, police registered the criminal cases against Maulana and trustees of the mosque...

A group of Muslim youth beats police who urged them to leave from Masjid area over Coronavirus pandemic.

Dhule police, namely Prakash Shankar Thorat, urged the group of Muslim youth sitting in Masjid area at midnight to leave the area as a precaution against the spread of Coronavirus. After the appeal from the police, the group of Muslim youth refused to leave and beat the police..

Iran's Muslim religious leader who said 'Corona is Allah's punishment', infected with Coronavirus.

Hadi Al-Modarresi, an Iraqi Shiite leader and Muslim cleric, infected with Coronavirus, who had claimed Coronavirus is the punishment to China given by Allah. He became famous after saying that Coronavirus was the punishment of Allah...

Casteism in Islam: Police files case against Muslim community members who boycotted a family which supports intercaste marriage.

Mumbai Police registered a case against 17 people belonging to Muslim Mansuri Kathiawad community for allegedly asking people to boycott a couple for inter-caste marriage..

ISKCON publishes an educational booklet to explore 'Hare Krishna Movement'.

International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), a Hindu religious organisation, has published an educational booklet to explore 'Hare Krishna Movement' within students and teachers of schools...

In Malaysia, 48 out of 130 new Coronavirus cases found linked with Islamic gathering.

Malaysia reported 130 new cases of Coronavirus cases. out of these 130 cases, 48 cases are found linked with an Islamic gathering held last month (Feb 2020) near Kuala Lumpur...

Darul Ifta Jamia Nizamia issues fatwa which favors skipping of congregational prayers.

Hyderabad based seminary called Darul Ifta Jamia Nizamia has issued a Fatwa citing in the present situation, where the Coronavirus is rapidly growing in the State, to prevent or combat the virus, sermons can be shortened, and the devout can perform prayer at home even on Shab-e-Meraj...

Coronavirus: Nuns in Rome convents infected.

Nuns at the Institute of Daughters of St. Camillo, in the hill town of Grottaferrata, have tested positive for Coronavirus. One of the nuns has been hospitalized...

Coronavirus kills 13 Church priests in Italy.

The death toll of Church clergy in Italy due to Coronavirus has now reached at least 13..

Church priest who converted the family into Christianity booked for that family member’s deaths.

Tamil Nadu Church priest who converted the family into Christianity, booked by police for the deaths of all that family members and in connection with the family’s property transfer to him...

To prevent the spread of Coronavirus, Ganga Aarti at Haridwar to be live-streamed for devotees.

The Ganga-Aarti at the ‘Har Ki Pauri’ Ghat in Haridwar will be live-streamed for the devotees..

Thousands of Muslim gathered to pray "healing verses" from the Quran to rid the country from the deadly virus.

Tens of thousands of Muslim faithful in Bangladesh gathered in an open field in Raipur town in southern Bangladesh to pray "healing verses" from the Quran to free the country from the deadly virus...

Kerala Police booked two Catholic priests for violating orders by conducting mass.

The two catholic priests namely Fr Thomas Pattamkulam, vicar of St Joseph Forane Church at Kollichal and his assistant vicar Joseph Orath have been booked for conducting mass. Around 150 persons attended the mass, despite strict direction to suspend services in the wake of Coronavirus disease in Kasaragod district...

SC issues notice to UP Government on plea challenging State takeover of temple management.

The Supreme Court of India issues a notice to Uttar Pradesh (UP) Government on a plea which sought to restore the day-to-day religious affairs of Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi to the Lingiya Brahmin family. The family claimed that it had been taking care of the temple management before the commencement of the UP Kashi Vishwanath Temple Act 1983...

Friday prayers at home not possible, but religious leaders will decide, says Muslim leaders to Mumbai Police.

As a precaution against the spread of Coronavirus, Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh urged Muslim community leaders to stop namaz at mosques for a few days, but the Mufti replied, "Friday prayers cannot be performed at home." ..

Coronavirus: 'Holy Water' infects 46 Churchgoers in South Korea.

About 46 worshipers at a South Korean Church were infected with the Coronavirus due to consumption of Holy water. The worshipers had falsely believed that the Holy Salt Water would help to prevent the spread of the Corona virus...

Though the area under 'Disturbed Areas Act', Hindus can sell their shops to Muslims, says Gujrat High Court.

The Gujarat High Court (HC) has granted permission to the sale of shops by Hindus to Muslims in a Vadodara area, where the State Government has imposed the Disturbed Areas Act...

At least ten priests have died in Italy due to Coronavirus.

At least ten priests have died in Italy after contracting Coronavirus. More than half of them were from the Diocese of Bergamo, a town outside of Milan in Lombardy...

Iranian scholar Hossein Momeni says Coronavirus is human-made, a weapon that targets Shiites, Muslims and Iranians.

Hossein Momeni, an Iranian scholar, said in a March 10, 2020 interview that Coronavirus is without a doubt a human-made disease that has emerged as a weapon against the Shiites, the Muslims, and the Iranians...

Due to communal tension in Coimbatore, police provides security to Hindu functionaries.

State Police have provided personal security officers to various Hindu functionaries, who are facing a threat to life...

Rape accused Bishop Franco's discharge petition dismissed by the district court.

Additional District and Sessions Court I, Kottayam, dismissed the discharge petition filed by rape accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal, former head of the Latin Catholic Diocese of Jalandhar...

Vadodara Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church suspended religious services to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

To prevent the spread of Coronavirus within the followers, Vadodara Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church suspended all programmes and religious services...

Bishops Council (KRCBC) has urged members to greet each other with Namaste.

Karnataka Region Catholic Bishops Council (KRCBC) has urged the Church members to avoid handshakes and greet each other with Namaste as a precaution on a spread of Coronavirus...

NHRC ordered the Tiruppur DC to take action against the Church, which denied the burial of poor woman's dead body.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) ordered the District Collector of Tiruppur to take action against 'True Light Jesus Apostolic Church'. The Church had denied the burial of poor Christian woman's dead body into its graveyard because she did not make any financial contribution to the Church. ..

Sri Maha Vidya Peetham along with Dharma Jagarana Samithi has decided to offer Sri Rama Deeksha from March 25.

To spread the moral, ethical and spiritual values among the people, Hyderabad based Sri Maha Vidya Peetham in association with Dharma Jagarana Samithi has decided to offer Sri Rama Deeksha from March 25...

A pastor endorses a "sacred" oil accompanied by chanting "blood of Jesus" for 100 times to keep the virus at bay.

A pastor in Pune endorsed ”sacred" oil accompanied by chanting "blood of Jesus" for 100 times to keep the virus at bay. The claim made by Pastor Perter Silway along with his wife Jayashree Silway, both has run a Church called Vineyard Workers' Church at Dapodi town. ..

Talisman (Taweej) seller 'Corona Wale Baba' arrested by UP Police.

The Uttar Pradesh Police have arrested Ahmad Siddiqui who had put up a board outside his shop in Daliganj area, claiming that he had a cure for the deadly Coronavirus..

Jharkhand bishops submitted a memorandum against CAA-NRC-NPR to CM Hemant Soren.

The Catholic bishops of Jharkhand have urged the government to totally abrogate or suitably amend the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019, suspend the National Population Register and unequivocally clarify its stand on the National Register of Citizens...

Devotees can attend 'Aarti' at Ram Janmabhoomi premises on the occasion of Ram Navmi.

For the first time, devotees will be allowed to attend 'Aarti' during Ram Navmi celebrations on the Ram Janmabhoomi premises next month. The arrangements are being made to shift the Ram Lalla idols to a place 200 metres from the present makeshift temple...

Lingaraj Temple launches awareness drive to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The administration of Lingaraj Temple located at Bhubaneswar, Odisha, launches awareness drive to prevent the spread COVID-19 among the devotees...

Tamil Nadu Government invites Muslim leaders to discuss CAA.

Tamil Nadu (TN) Government's Chief Secretary K. Shanmugam, wrote a letter to Muslim leaders regarding doubts about the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in the minds of the public and more particularly among the minority community...

Telangana High Court favouring 2 % reservation for converted Dalit Christians.

Telangana High Court supports two percent reservation for Dalits who converted to Christianity, in social welfare Gurukul school admissions...

Akal Takht request GOI not to ban Kartapur Sahib visit over precaution against Coronavirus.

Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs, requested the Government of India not to impose the ban on Indian devotees visiting Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara in Pakistan as a precaution against Coronavirus...

The Vatican began an investigation on sexual abuse case of Australian Bishop Christopher Saunders.

The Vatican has begun an investigation into claims that Saunders sexually abused boys several decades ago...

Month-long Chaitra Mela starts in Orrisa's Tara Tarini temple.

Thousands of devotees from State and neighbouring States visited the 17th-century temple Tara Tarini temple on the occasion of the month-long Chaitra Mela...

The Vaishno Devi shrine has seen a record number of visitors of the last five years.

In January and February 2020, more than 9 lakh devotees, which is the record number of visitors of the last five years, had darshan at the Vaishno Devi shrine...

"Our personnel are neither Hindus nor Muslims," says IPS Association on New York Times report.

On 12 March 2020, the New York Times published the report on Delhi Riot with the heading 'How Delhi's Police Turned Against Muslims'. Replying to the report, Indian Police Service (Central) Association says, "We strongly condemn the article published by the New York Times on the conduct of Police in Delhi riots. The article is a combination of biased reporting."..

Church of North India conducts 9th Masihi Chetna Yatra in Punjab to connect with non-Christians.

The Christians associated with Church of North India (CNI) conducts annual Masihi Chetna Yatra in Punjab's Ajnala, Batala, Tarn- Taran, Khemkaran, and Attari areas. Every year the CNI conducts this Chetana Yatra to connect with non-Christans. The year 2020 is their ninth successive year. ..

"Sunni Waqf Board has no right to take a decision on the formation of Trust," says a member of Babri Masjid Action Committee (BMAC).

Senior leaders of the Muslim community demanding that the trust for the construction of the mosque in Ayodhya must be independent and not under the control of the Sunni Waqf Board...

In Bodh Gaya, Buddhist monks offer special prayers for the eradication of coronavirus.

In Bodh Gaya, Bihar State, thousands of Buddhist monks gathered under the holy Bodhi tree and offered special prayers for the eradication of coronaviru...

On women's day, the temple Aacharya told men to respect women as a form of the Goddess.

On the occasion of international women's day, the Aacharya of the Chilkur Balaji Temple in Hyderabad asked devotees to recite the shlokas that stressed about the need to respect women...

Karnataka's Chamarajanagar priests asked to chant mantras in Kannada.

Karnataka's Chamarajanagar district administration has asked temple priests to recite mantras and perform rituals in Kannada to be more accessible to devotees...

On women's day, a group of women demand equality in the Church.

A group of women collected 140 endorsements regarding the demand for equality in the Church and handed them to Fr K. T. Emmanuel at the Holy Name Cathedral in Pune on women's day...

Sri Lanka suspends Buddhist pilgrimage visits to India over COVID-19.

Sri Lanka suspended Buddhist pilgrimage tour, popularly known as 'Dambadiva Vandana', involves trips to Buddhist shrines in Bodhgaya, Varanasi and Sarnath in India and Lumbini in Nepal...

Kerala Church shuns handshake, urges for "Namaste."

A Catholic Church in Aythala village in Ranni, Kerala State, asked the people to say 'Namaste' with folded hands instead of shaking them to prevent getting affected by the deadly coronavirus...

Banned outfit organisation issued a statement threatening Hindu-Bengalis in Meghalaya.

The Meghalaya Police has booked the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) for creating fear in the State after the banned outfit issued a statement threatening a Hindu-Bengalis even as the State is limping back to normalcy from days of violence...

In Coimbatore, Hindu and Muslim organisations call for bandh but for different reasons.

For the single related issue, both Hindu and Muslim organisations have called for a dawn to dusk bandh today, but for separate reason..

Devotees of Lord Parshuram appeal Gov to act against Ramkrishna Jalmi over his defamatory statements against Lord Parshuram

Devotees of Lord Parshuram resolved to boycott the Zilla Panchayat election if the Goa Government failed to act against Ramkrishna Jalmi and the organisers of the anti-CAA meeting that was held at Dando, Benaulim...

Hindus urge Singapore firm to withdraw Lord Ganesha rug & apologize.

Hindus are urging Singapore based online retailer Quiltliving Store for the immediate withdrawal of rug carrying images of Hindu deity Ganesha...

The Supreme Patriarch has donated 2 million baht for the purchase of face masks for monks.

The Supreme Patriarch has donated 2 million baht for the purchase of face masks for monks across the country to protect themselves from Covid-19, said Prime Minister's Office Minister Tewan Liptapallop...

Pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia's Mecca, Medina and Friday prayers in Iran halts due to Coronavirus.

Saudi Arabia Government expanded its decision to ban foreigners from making the pilgrimage to Mecca & Medina- holy sites in Islam. At the same time, Iran Government has decided to cancel all Friday prayers in major cities...

Jacobite Christians begin five-day sit-in protest against Orthodox Christians in Kochi.

The Jacobite faction on Monday started five-day long sit-in protest at Marine Drive. The protest is against the takeover of churches by their rival faction, Times of India reported. ..

The Vatican opens WW2-era files of Pope Pius XII, who has been accused of failing to save Jews.

After decades of pressure from historians and Jewish groups, the Vatican began allowing scholars access to Word War-2 era Archives of Pope Pius XII...

CBI booked Christian NGO called Caruna Bal Vikas for using funds for religious conversions.

A case registered by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against a Chennai based NGO, Caruna Bal Vikas for allegedly receiving crores of rupees funds from Colorado-based donor, Compassion International and the fund utilised for religious conversion in India...

Replying to PIL seeking minority status to Hindus in eight States, SC told to approach respective HC of States.

The Supreme Court of India told the petitioner to approach the individual High Court of the States where Hindus are in the minority. The petition was filed by Ashwani Upadhyay seeking benefits in education and Government jobs for Hindus who are in the minority in eight States of India, Republic World reported. ..

Saudi Arabia planning to stop funding mosques located in foreign countries.

Saudi Arabia was promoting Wahhabi Islam to the world by funding the multi-million dollar since the 1960s. According to the reports, in 2007, Saudi Arabia had spent close to $2 billion annually on promoting this ideology...

For the construction of a mosque, Sunni Waqf Board accepts 5-acre land offered by UP Gov.

According to the direction of the Supreme Court of India in Ayodhya case, the Sunni Waqf Board has decided to accept the land offered by Uttar Pradesh Government for the construction of the mosque...

Jathedar of Akal Takht meets a family of Sikh girl in Pakistan.

Jathedar of Akal Takht, Sikh's supreme temporal seat met the family of a Sikh girl of Nankana Sahib who was allegedly abducted, forcibly converted to Islam and married to a Muslim youth in Pakistan last year 2019...

Assam Government decided to remove the Arabic word "Maktab" from the names of 63 schools.

The Assam Government has decided to drop the Arabic word "Maktab" (means Elementary School where Islamic studies like Quran, Hadith taught) from the names of 63 schools located across the State...

Besides Hindu seers, saints of the Sikh, Jain and Buddhist religions are going to organise religious discourse and special prayers across the country during Ram Mahotsav.

The Hindu organisation namely Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) is going to celebrate Ram Mahotsav in around three lakh villages across the country from the start of Navratri on March 25 till the festival of Hanuman Jayanti on April 8...

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg located in USA, facing bankruptcy due to compensation claims by sexual abuse victims.

Due to the increasing number of victim’s claims compensation for sex abuse by Church priests and clergy, The Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg located at Pennsylvania, USA, facing bankruptcy...

New allegations of sexual assault highlighted against rape-accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal.

Fresh allegations have surfaced after a nun, who is at present a witness in the ongoing trial against the Bishop, has stated that Mulakkal hugged her and forcibly kissed her on the forehead at the convent in April 2017...