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Milestone for Vanuatu Temple uplifts, galvanizes island

Sat, 11/16/2019 - 16:00
The people of Tanna, joined by government officials, gathered for a historic groundbreaking celebration for one of the first local Baha’i Houses of Worship in the world.

UN to Iran: End human rights violations against Baha’is

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 16:00
Following recent reviews of Iran’s human rights record, the UN General Assembly condemns Iran for its continued attacks against religious minorities, including Baha’is.

At BIC, bicentenary celebrations explore peace, oneness of humanity

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 16:00
Baha’i International Community offices bring together dozens of dignitaries and other officials in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Bab.

“The hand of the community crafted the outcome”: Baha’i House of Worship receives prestigious international prize

Tue, 11/05/2019 - 16:00
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada International Prize recognizes the House of Worship in Santiago as an exceptional creation.

72 hours, one world

Wed, 10/30/2019 - 17:00
For 72 hours the whole earth was illuminated by the power of unity.

Celebrations have now encircled the globe

Tue, 10/29/2019 - 17:00
As global bicentenary celebrations pass the halfway mark, stories and images from around the world paint a hopeful picture of humanity, united in its rich diversity.

President of Israel visits World Centre to honor bicentenary amid wave of commemorations in Haifa and across the globe

Sun, 10/27/2019 - 17:00
President Reuvin Rivlin visited the Shrine of the Bab and Baha’i gardens to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Bab.

Worldwide celebrations begin, live updates on bicentenary site

Sun, 10/27/2019 - 17:00
The highly anticipated bicentenary celebrations have begun with sunset in Kiribati.

For bicentenary, Shrine of the Bab opens to thousands of visitors, community leaders

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 17:00
To commemorate the bicentenary, a reception was held for community leaders, and the terraces as well as the Shrine opened at night to the general public.

Anticipation mounts: A guide for 72 hours of bicentenary coverage

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 17:00
This article provides a road map for connecting to the historic global celebrations marking the bicentenary, which begins Monday at sunset.

Construction progresses on Kenya Temple

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 17:00
The historic project reaches a new stage of development as the foundation of the central edifice is laid and work on other structural elements advances.

Thinkers challenge social structures, link women’s empowerment to peace and progress

Sun, 10/13/2019 - 17:00
Academics examined the inseparable relationship between the advancement of women and the creation of prosperous and peaceful societies.

‘Ali Nakhjavani, 1919–2019

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 17:00
The Universal House of Justice released a message to all National Spiritual Assemblies on the passing of former House of Justice member ‘Ali Nakhjavani.

Bicentenary preparations intensify throughout Australasia

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 17:00
This fifth and final article in a series on bicentenary preparations on each continent highlights efforts across Australasia.

At General Assembly summit, civil society given prominent voice

Sun, 10/06/2019 - 17:00
At a first-of-its-kind meeting at the UN, civil society organizations participated in a high-level discussion on the status of the Sustainable Development Goals.

British Library marks bicentenary, exhibits works of the Bab and Baha’u’llah

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 17:00
The Library is marking the bicentenary with various initiatives alongside its launch of a new website and exhibition displaying examples of the Faith’s original texts.

David Rutstein appointed as Secretary-General of the Baha’i International Community

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 17:00
Dr. Rutstein succeeds Joshua Lincoln, who had been serving in this capacity since 2013.

Rapidly approaching bicentenary galvanizes communities across Asia

Sat, 09/28/2019 - 17:00
With the historic anniversary four weeks away, a diversity of action is emerging throughout the vast continent.

Dutch parliamentary year begins with interfaith gathering, gives voice to youth

Thu, 09/26/2019 - 17:00
The prime minister, members of parliament, mayor of The Hague, and faith communities mark the opening of the parliamentary year by reflecting on a vision for the future.

“Dawn of the Light”: New bicentenary film explores search for truth and meaning

Sun, 09/22/2019 - 17:00
A feature film commissioned for the upcoming 200th anniversary of the birth of the Bab was released today on