Christianity

Judge Urges Counseling for Parents Of Teen Convert

March 2, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2010/03/judge-urges-counseling-for-par.php

A judge urged an Ohio couple to stick with counseling toward a reconciliation with their teenage daughter, who ran away to Florida last year claiming she would be harmed for converting from Islam to Christianity.

Rifqa Bary's parents have denied their daughter'...

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Kerala Court Allows Earlier Divorce for Christians

March 1, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: CathNews Asia

http://www.cathnewsasia.com/2010/03/01/kerala-court-allows-earlier-divorce-for-christians/

Striking down a clause in the Indian Divorce Act as “discriminatory”, Kerala’s High Court has allowed Christian couples to apply for divorce after less than two years of their marriage.

The court struck down a section that said Christians can apply...

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Iraqi Christians Protest Over Killings

March 1, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8542326.stm

Hundreds of Iraqi Christians have taken part in protests calling for government action after a spate of killings.

At least eight Christians have been killed in the past two weeks in the volatile northern city of Mosul.

The killings prompted an appeal by Pope Benedict on Sunday for Iraqi authorities to protect vulnerable religious minorities.

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EU Says Bangladesh Must Curb Violence Against Buddhists And Christians

February 28, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Nepal News

http://www.nepalnews.net/story/606692

The European Union has condemned last week's ethnic violence in Bangladesh. 

A number of families have been displaced from the Chittagong Hill Tract area, which has a significant Buddhist population. 

At least five people were killed and over twenty injured when a number of people from the Buddhist groups were targeted and their houses burned down....

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Faith Community Rallies Around Sikhs

February 24, 2010

Author: Joanne Shuttleworth

Source: The Guelph Mercury

http://news.guelphmercury.com/News/Local/article/601721

The faith community is rallying around the Guelph Sikh Society as it faces backlash to its proposal to build a Sikh temple in Guelph’s south end.

Eleven United Church ministers have written a letter supporting the Sikh community and chastising those whose opposition to the temple is racially motivated.

“I...

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Germany’s Mega Passion Play Is Back, And Jews Are Watching Carefully

February 24, 2010

Author: Niels Sorrells

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/rnstext/germanys_mega_passion_play_is_back_and_jews_are_watching/

With its focus on the last days of Jesus’ life, a Passion play should, by its nature, arouse passions. But here, the world’s most famous Passion play keeps stirring the wrong kind.

As it has almost every 10 years since...

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Voodooists Attacked At Ceremony for Haiti Victims

February 23, 2010

Author: Paisley Dodds

Source: MSNBC

Wire Service: AP

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35541950/ns/world_news-haiti_earthquake/

Angry crowds in a seaside slum attacked a group of Voodoo practitioners Tuesday, pelting them with rocks and halting a ceremony meant to honor victims of last month's deadly earthquake.

Voodooists gathered in Cite Soleil where thousands of quake survivors live in tents and...

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India State Mulls Blasphemy Law In "Smoking Jesus" Row

February 23, 2010

Author: Biswajyoti Das

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE61M1KB20100223

Christian outrage at a school book picture showing Jesus Christ holding a beer bottle and a cigarette has spurred authorities in northeastern India to draft an anti-blasphemy law for schools.

Police in Meghalaya state have seized the notebooks and are taking a New-Delhi based private publisher to court on accusations of offending religious sentiments...

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Voodoo Religion's Role In Helping Haiti's Quake Victims

February 21, 2010

Author: Henri Astier

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8517070.stm

A month before Haiti's devastating earthquake, prominent musician Theodore "Lolo" Beaubrun and a few friends were summoned by spirits who tried to warn them about the impending cataclysm.

"They told us to pray for Haiti because many people would die," says Mr Beaubrun -the frontman of the group Boukman Eksperyans.

"I thought it was about politics. I...

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Anglican Leader Worried About Mideast's Christians

February 20, 2010

Author: Dale Gavlak

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/20/AR2010022001237.html

The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams voiced grave concern Saturday over the eroding Christian presence in the Holy Land on the first stop of his four-day pilgrimage to the region.

Williams, the spiritual leader of the...

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