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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

Six radical teachings on gender equality that will transform the world

 

Where spirit and form fuse: reflections on the architecture of the Chile Temple

SANTIAGO, 12 October 2016, (BWNS) – Siamak Hariri is visibly moved as he surveys the Baha’i House of Worship here that has taken his Toronto-based architectural team, and hundreds of other contributors from all around the world, some 14 years to bring to completion.

“You have a sense of what it will be because you’ve been so intimately involved in every detail,” he says, “but it’s so much more than our imaginations could have predicted."

Chile TempleThe architect has returned to Santiago to see the building for the first time in its finished state and is clearly delighted by the results which he says could not have been foreseen, despite the years of highly detailed design and preparation.

“We looked at it on the computer a million times,” he says, “but the effect of it – the way that the light is captured in the glass, how it comes through and just touches the marble – that was one of our biggest worries. Would that in fact happen? It was a theory, we tested it, and we hoped that it would. But now that we see it, it’s way beyond what we could have imagined.”

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Century-long process about to culminate

SANTIAGO, 12 October 2016, (BWNS) — The dedication of the Baha’i House of Worship taking place in Santiago, Chile, signifies a historic conclusion to a century-long process of raising up continental Baha’i Houses of Worship around the world.

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Dramatic footage captures Chile Temple developments

 

SANTIAGO, 11 October 2016, (BWNS) — The final newsreel on the construction of the Baha’i House of Worship for South America has been released as the highly-anticipated dedication of the Temple approaches.  The video highlights major developments over the past year and the growing connection of the community to the Temple and the activities of service and worship that it has inspired.


To see the video, go to http://goo.gl/hL6vED.
The establishment of this Temple marks the final step in a more than century-long period during which continental Baha’i Houses of Worship have been built across the planet..
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Two UN rights experts decry latest wave of incitement against Iranian Baha’is

Geneva—8 June 2016—Two UN experts on human rights today said recent statements by Iranian officials about the Baha'i Faith amounted to a “shocking and utterly unacceptable” round of incitement to hatred.

In a press release(link is external) issued by the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights, Ahmed Shaheed and Heiner Bielefeldt said attacks on Baha’is following a meeting between the daughter of a former president and a Baha'i prisoner on furlough “has exposed the Iranian authorities’ extreme intolerance for adherents of the religious minority group.”

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