Pope Francis will meet with leaders of various religions when he visits the Philippines next month, pushing a message of tolerance in order to combat global religious conflicts, a church official said Monday.
Police have detained 15 people from Myanmar over a string of gruesome murders in a popular Malaysian tourist destination, and believe the killings are linked to ethnic unrest in their native country, reports said on Friday.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offered flowers and worshipped Monday at a historic Buddhist temple outside Colombo as he wrapped up his two-nation South Asian tour that also took him to Bangladesh.
Hundreds of Buddhists threatened to kill Muslims as they rode on motorcycles through Myanmar`s second-largest city of Mandalay on Friday, raising the prospect of further communal violence after two people died in unrest earlier in the week.
There has been increasing violence against Muslims in Sri Lanka since 2012, mirroring events in Myanmar, which has seen a surge of attacks by members of the majority Buddhist community against Muslims.
Muslim majority Malaysia will form a committee to look into issues pertaining to conflicts between the civil and Islamic Sharia courts in cases involving Muslim converts and their non-Muslim former spouses.
President Thein Sein on Tuesday travelled to Myanmar`s conflict-torn west as a new spate of sectarian violence gripped the state of Rakhine, with police saying Buddhist rioters killed a 94-year-old Muslim woman and torched more than 70 homes.