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The Bahá’í World News Service - BWNS - The official news source of the worldwide Bahá’í community, reports on major developments and endeavors of the global Baha’i community.
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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

Design concept for the Shrine of ‘Abdu’l-Baha unveiled

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 17:00
A sacred structure, distinctive in its design, will be built to honor ‘Abdu’l-Baha, Who held a unique station in religious history.

Members of parliament honor bicentenary

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 17:00
In Australia and in California, United States, MPs have commemorated the historic anniversary.

Worldwide spirit of bicentenary inspires communities throughout Europe

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 17:00
Communities are preparing for the historic anniversary by composing music, performing drama, and intensifying community building efforts.

Bicentenary website to reflect worldwide celebrations

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 17:00
Launched today, a new website publishes glimpses of celebrations worldwide.

Role of sacred space: A conversation on places of worship

Sun, 09/01/2019 - 17:00
Religious leaders, students, scholars, and others explored the role that sacred spaces play in contemporary Indian society.

In Americas, spirit of oneness moves communities in anticipation of bicentenary

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 17:00
Bicentenary preparations are prompting artistic creativity, reflection on history, and intensification of community building activities.

Baha’i studies: Aiming to apply spiritual principles to humanity’s social progress

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 17:00
The annual conference of the Association for Baha’i Studies brought together 1,400 people for a lively discussion on contributing to social progress.

In Africa, preparations energize and focus communities

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 17:00
Communities reflect on the significance of the coming bicentenary through film, gatherings with traditional chiefs, youth conferences, and numerous other efforts.

The transformative power of prayer: How devotional gatherings are taking root in Uganda

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 17:00
An interview with representatives of a community in Uganda explores how collective prayer is influencing society at large.

Preparations gain momentum for worldwide bicentenary

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 17:00
Photos provide glimpses of the preparations around the world for the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Bab.

Artistic expressions blossom across the globe

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 17:00
Communities around the world draw on the arts to honor the approaching 200th anniversary of the birth of the Bab.