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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

UN condemns Iran for continuing human rights violations

 

New Delhi (Source: Baha’i World News Service), 21 November 2015  — The UN expressed "serious concern" yesterday over Iran's continuing human rights violations, affirming that increased engagement with the international community on some fronts does not mean that Iran is no longer expected to uphold international standards for its people.

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'Embodied Light' exhibition features Chile House of Worship

New Delhi,  5 November 2015, (Source BWNS) — The construction of South America's first Baha'i House of Worship has been at the center of an exhibition in Canada this week.

Titled 'Embodied Light: The Bahá'í Temple of South America', the exhibition features photos and material samples of the temple in Santiago and a lecture by the temple's architect, Siamak Hariri.

"The aim was to achieve an interplay of seeming contradictions: stillness and movement, simplicity and complexity, intimacy and monumentality, solidity and yet a building capable of dissolving in light," said Hariri, who spoke at the exhibition opening in Toronto on 29 October.

"The architectural challenge was to design a sister temple to the existing temple of North America, while also enabling it to find its own unique presence at the foot of the Andes."

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Award-winning film explores power of religion

20 October 2015, (BWNS)—Internationally renowned Iranian director, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, has made available to the general public his award-winning film, The Gardener.

Filmed in the Baha'i gardens on the slopes of Mount Carmel and in the outskirts of the fortress city of Acre, it is an exploration of religion, reflected in a dialogue between father and son.

The two characters represent the differing views of two generations. For the father, played by Makhmalbaf himself, religion possesses a profound power. While that power has been used for destructive ends, Makhmalbaf argues that it has also been channeled towards peace, forgiveness, and love — and can be again.

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Iranian President Rouhani's speech to UN falls short on human rights

NEW YORK, 29 September 2015, (BWNS) — The Baha'i International Community expressed its disappointment over Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's failure to address the human rights situation in his country during his speech today at the United Nations.

"While we note the promise of coexistence and dialogue with other nations that marked President Rouhani's speech, we are extremely disappointed that he did not discuss any steps he would take to improve the human rights of Iranian citizens," said Bani Dugal, the principal representative of the Baha'i International Community to the United Nations.

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Faith leaders contribute to UN Agenda 2030

BRISTOL, United Kingdom, 16 September 2015, (BWNS) — The Baha'i International Community (BIC) and representatives of 23 other major religious traditions have offered to the United Nations (UN) ideas and action plans in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—called Agenda 2030, the UN's primary development agenda for the next 15 years.

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