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Anticipation rises for Chile Temple inauguration
30 September 16

SANTIAGO — A surge of excitement and anticipation is palpable among the Baha'i community in Santiago and abroad as the inauguration of the last of the continental Baha'i Houses of Worship approaches. The President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, is expected to attend the opening ceremony with other dignitaries

Focus on what unites us, says BIC
29 September 16

WARSAW — In the face of growing racism and xenophobia, now is the time to focus on what unites us. This was one of the key points made by the Baha'i International Community (BIC) at a recent forum of European leaders in Warsaw, Poland, taking place from 19 to 30 September

Colombian Baha’is release open letter for peace
CALI, Colombia, 25 September 16

The Baha’i community of Colombia has released an open letter appealing to all Colombians to seize an “historic opportunity” and work for the cause of peace. The letter comes in advance of the signing of a peace deal between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) on 26 September.

Cambodian Temple progress inspires collective action
Battambang, Cambodia, 16 September 16

It has been eight months since construction work started on the local Baha'i House of Worship in Battambang. Since the groundbreaking in November of last year and the completion of the earthworks in March, access roads have been built, ponds have been dug, and foundations laid. Construction of the central edifice has also begun and is well underway. Its design was unveiled on 17 July 2015.

BIC calls on President Rouhani to end systematic economic oppression
06 September 16

NEW YORK — The Baha'i International Community has called on Iran's President, Dr Hassan Rouhani, to end the severe economic oppression imposed on the Baha'is in that country

“We are all Baha’is”—Spirit of solidarity grows to unprecedented levels
23 August 16

SANA'A, Yemen — An extraordinary wave of support by organizations and individuals has kindled hope in the hearts of the Baha'is of Yemen in the wake of recent arrests there. It has also revealed the degree to which the motivation of Baha'is to build unity has resonated with so many in that country and across the region. One statement of support opened with this dramatic assertion of solidarity: "We are all Baha'is"

Songs to inspire social change
CHONGON, Ecuador, 11 August 16

Near Ecuador's southwestern coast lies the town of Chongon. For the past four years, this small locality has brought together young adults from across Latin America for an innovative songwriting workshop. Participants all have an interest and talent in music as well as experience working with young people in Baha'i-inspired educational programs.

New website launched for Chile House of Worship
SANTIAGO, Chile, 21 July 16

A new website for the Baha'i House of Worship in Santiago, Chile, has recently been launched. The site, which can be accessed at, has been redesigned in the lead up to the Temple's inauguration in October of this year. The beauty of the Temple's design, which the architect, Siamak Hariri, has described as "embodied light", is captured in the imagery and graphics throughout the site.

More voices from Islamic countries call for Iran to stop persecuting Baha'is
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 17 July 16

A group of Bangladeshi lawyers have joined the increasing numbers of Muslim intellectuals, religious leaders, and professionals worldwide who have called for an end to the persecution of Baha'is in Iran.

Faiths' contribution to peace explored at Presidential Palace in Colombia
12 July 16

BOGOTA — Approaching a highly anticipated, historic peace agreement in Colombia between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), President Juan Manuel Santos invited over 100 religious representatives to gather at the Presidential Palace on 4 July 2016

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