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

Tue, 11/05/2019 - 6:00pm
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 - 7:00pm
For 72 hours the whole earth was illuminated by the power of unity.

Celebrations have now encircled the globe

Tue, 10/29/2019 - 7:00pm
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 - 7:00pm
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 - 7:00pm
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 - 7:00pm
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 - 7:00pm
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 - 7:00pm
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 - 7:00pm
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 - 7:00pm
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 - 7:00pm
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 - 7:00pm
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 - 7:00pm
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 - 7:00pm
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 - 7:00pm
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 - 7:00pm
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 - 7:00pm
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 - 7:00pm
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 - 7:00pm
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 - 7:00pm
Communities are preparing for the historic anniversary by composing music, performing drama, and intensifying community building efforts.