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"Is not the object of every Revelation to effect a transformation in the whole character of mankind, a transformation that shall manifest itself, both outwardly and inwardly, that shall affect both its inner life and external conditions?"

~Bahá'u'lláh

Bahá’í World News Service
The Bahá’í World News Service reports on current Bahá’í activity around the world.

Youth Conferences

Message from The Universal House of Justice, the international governing council of the Baha’i’s,addressed to the 114 Youth Conferences throughout the World, dated 1 July 2013.

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The Baha'i House of Worship of India

The Baha'i House of Worship in New Delhi, which is considered as India’s symbol of communal harmony by the Government of India, was dedicated to the people of India and all humanity in December 1986.

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National News of the Baha'is of India

Festival of Ridvan celebrated around the world

New Delhi, 7 May 2017 (Source: Baha'i World News Service) — For 12 days at the end of April and beginning of May, Baha’i communities around the world celebrated their most holy festival: Ridvan.

This annual festival marks the anniversary of the days Baha’u’llah spent along the River Tigris in Baghdad.

In 1863, Baha’u’llah stayed in a garden on the banks of the Tigris River for 12 days, during which His many admirers in the city came to bid Him farewell. Baha’u’llah announced to the friends gathered with Him during those days that He was God’s Messenger for a new age, foretold in the world’s scriptures. He called the garden they were gathered in “Ridvan,” meaning “paradise.”

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Naw-Ruz receptions promote harmony

BAHA’I WORLD CENTRE, 6 April 2017, (BWNS) — In August 1868, Baha’u’llah and his companions arrived by sea to the prison-city of Akka under an Ottoman edict of perpetual banishment. His exile resulted in the Holy Land becoming home to the spiritual and administrative heart of the Baha’i world. Those serving at the Baha’i World Centre have since those earliest days tried to exemplify, through their life and work, a consciousness of the oneness of humanity.

The annual celebration of Naw-Ruz, the Baha’i New Year, has been an occasion when the Baha’i World Centre has brought together in fellowship a diverse range of people from society. In addition to a commemoration at the World Centre itself, a set of receptions are held in Akka and Jerusalem around the same time.

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Moving tribute by India’s President

NEW DELHI, 3 April 2017, (BWNS) — 2017 marks the two hundred year anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, and thousands of Baha’i communities in localities around the world are preparing to commemorate this momentous occasion in October of this year.

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Construction progresses on Cambodia Temple

BATTAMBANG, Cambodia, 29 March 2017, (BWNS) — Excitement is stirring in Battambang as anticipation builds for the completion of the first local Baha’i House of Worship. Scores upon scores of inhabitants in the region have been galvanized to offer service to their communities as well as at the Temple site, where hundreds of shrubs and flowers have been planted since the initiation of this historic endeavor.

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Catalyzing an education revolution: Brookings Institution highlights Baha’i-inspired program

WASHINGTON D.C., 19 March 2017, (BWNS) — In the last twenty years, remarkable strides have been achieved in providing access to education for children around the world. However, research in the field of education is showing that increased schooling has not automatically led to increased learning. The United Nations estimates that 250 million children are not able to read, write, or perform basic math, whether they have been to school or not.

Addressing what it calls a “learning crisis”, the Brookings Institution—a major think tank in the United States—started an initiative in 2015 called “Millions Learning”. The study sought to identify educational interventions where not only access to schools was improving, but also learning itself.

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