BANGKOK (RNS) — In Thailand's highly formal society, Pope Francis’ relaxed approach has already brought together political and religious leaders to help those left behind in the country's increasingly commercial culture.
BANGKOK (RNS) — Pope Francis praised Thai Catholics as 'missionary disciples' for their work in health care and serving others during his visit to the mostly Buddhist nation this week.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — As Francis continues to promote the care of creation, he aims to connect with a broader audience than the country's tiny Catholic community.
(The Conversation) — In Theravada Buddhist practice, ordination as a monk and donating the merit thus gained is one of the greatest honors that a person can give to another.
NEW YORK (AP) — The producers behind Christian films like 'God's Not Dead' are already in Thailand with plans to develop a movie about the 18-day saga of the soccer team trapped in a flooded cave.
(The Conversation) In Thailand, caves like the one the soccer team was trapped in are said to be ruled by nature spirits who offer their followers something that Buddhism cannot: assistance with love, money, and other things monks do not provide. At the same time, the spirits pose a danger if slighted.
(AP) — Along a muddy mountain path not far from the entrance to a flooded cave where 12 young members of a Thai soccer team have been missing for four days is a shrine to a mythical princess whose spirit is said to inhabit the caverns below.
(RNS) — An internationally derided "lèse-majesté" law may send Sulak Sivaraksa to jail for 15 years.
CHIANG MAI, Thailand (RNS) — Yee Peng, or two full moons festival, is one of many lunar festivals held annually across Thailand, Myanmar and Laos.
A raid to remove live animals from the temple began Monday (May 30) amid an investigation into suspected wildlife trafficking and abuse.
BANGKOK (Reuters) A stand-off in Thailand between investigators and a powerful Buddhist sect intensified after its influential abbot failed to appear at a police station to answer graft charges because followers said he had fainted.
Religion is becoming a proxy war for political rivalries and sex and money scandals, leaving millions of Buddhists stuck in the middle.
Churches attack bike lanes for "burdening" their religious freedom as Saint Barbie leads a plastic revolution in Argentina. Savor every word of this last ever recap as I say “so long” to On Freedom.
Celebrity Pope Francis photobombed selfies on his U.S. album launch tour. Conservative “It Girl” Kim Davis sat in jail and won awards for not doing her job. And India threw a “beef party” to celebrate religious tolerance and protest new meat bans.
The Bible and Fifty Shades of Grey share more than a few raunchy sex scenes. On Banned Books Week and International Blasphemy Rights Day, these eight titles are still too hot to handle.
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