Christianity

School Will Not Have Prayer At Graduation

May 14, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Chillicothe Gazette

http://www.chillicothegazette.com/article/20090514/NEWS01/905140302/1002/rss01

Southeastern High School graduates will not have a clergyperson delivering an invocation and benediction at their ceremony.

Superintendent Brian Justice explained Wednesday he and the board are not anti-prayer, but are obliged to follow the law.

"We will not violate the laws...

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Obama And Notre Dame: As Commencement Nears, Debate Over President Obama's Invitation Rages On

May 14, 2009

Author: John McCormick

Source: The Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-obama-notre-dame-14-may14,0,6517040.story

Andrew Chronister will graduate from the University of Notre Dame this Sunday, but the theology major from suburban La Grange will not be at his own commencement ceremony, choosing instead to attend a prayer service for the unborn.

"This president stands for...

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The Pope Joins In Multi-Faith Peace Song

May 14, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: ITN

http://itn.co.uk/3e70c9e40a5a6888d01a2d506623f4cb.html

Pope Benedict joined Muslims and Jews in singing a peace song during a trip to Nazareth.

At the end of a meeting involving representatives from different faiths, a rabbi announced he had composed a song using Arabic, Hebrew and English phrases about peace.

A Vatican spokesman said the Pope did not expect to be invited to sing the song but...

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Muslims Struggle to Erect Minarets Next to Steeples

May 14, 2009

Author: Elizabeth Bryant

Source: Religion News Service

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

The dusty patch of weeds and litter may not look like much now, but the site nonetheless carries the hopes and a sense of sweet victory for Muslims in this hardscrabble Paris suburb.

The short story of the construction site is of a years-...

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In Iraq, An Exodus Of Christians

May 14, 2009

Author: Paul Schemm

Source: Connecticut Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.connpost.com/ci_12368251

Iraq has lost more than half the Christians who once called it home, mostly since the war began, and few who fled have plans to return, The Associated Press has learned.

Pope Benedict XVI called attention to their plight during a Mideast visit this week, urging the international community to ensure the survival of "the ancient...

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Catholics, Buddhists Unite to Serve Devotees During Vesak

May 14, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: UCA News

http://www.ucanews.com/2009/05/14/catholics-buddhists-unite-to-serve-devotees-during-vesak/

Religious harmony prevailed in a farming village in central Sri Lanka as Catholics and Buddhists joined hands to celebrate the Buddhist festival of Vesak (Vesakh).

Devotees of both faiths offered meals and refreshments at a dansala (alms-giving center) in Hammalawa village...

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Hindus Praise Pope's Espousal Of Interfaith Dialogue

May 13, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Indian Catholic

http://www.indiancatholic.in/news/storydetails.php/12104-1-1-Hindus-praise-Pope%E2%80%99s-espousal-of-interfaith-dialogue

Welcoming Pope Benedict’s reported affirmation of the importance of interreligious dialogue in the pursuit of peace in Jerusalem yesterday, Hindus have urged him to take the lead in organizing one.

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Muslim BBC Religion Job 'Insult'

May 13, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/8047537.stm

The BBC's appointment of a Muslim as head of religion and ethics is insulting to Christians, an Ulster Unionist assembly member has said.

Retired Presbyterian minister Dr Robert Coulter said the appointment of Aaqil Ahmed was "a juvenile gimmick".

"According to the Church of England 70% of the UK are Christian, 3% are...

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Pakistan's Religious Minorities Report Violence

May 13, 2009

Author: Kathy Gannon

Source: The Guardian

Wire Service: AP

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/feedarticle/8505630

Fauzia Abrar had finally gotten her crying baby to sleep when screaming men pounded on the steel doors of her home in the mostly Christian slum in the port city of Karachi.

Suddenly she heard shots, and the screaming grew louder: "Long live Taliban! Death to infidels!"

The men forced their...

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Pope's Speech On Holocaust Receives Lukewarm Response

May 12, 2009

Author: Richard Boudreaux

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-pope-mideast12-2009may12,0,1951298.story

Pope Benedict XVI, trying to quell Jewish anger over a Holocaust-denying bishop, bowed in silence Monday at Israel's memorial to Jews exterminated during World War II and declared that their suffering must "never be denied, belittled or forgotten."

"They...

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Group Issues Southeastern Request to End Prayer At Graduation

May 11, 2009

Author: Jona Ison

Source: Chillicothe Gazette

http://www.chillicothegazette.com/article/20090511/NEWS01/905110301

Southeastern Local Schools has received notice from a Washington group that it would be a violation of the Establishment Clause to include a prayer at the graduation ceremony.

Traditionally, the school has had a reverend deliver an invocation and benediction at the ceremony, but the practice recently was...

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Pope Benedict XVI Tells Middle East Christians to Persevere

May 11, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article6261820.ece

Pope Benedict XVI urged Christians in the Middle East to hold on to their faith and traditions at an open-air Mass attended by 50,000 worshippers.

He told them to work with other religions to enrich their daily lives and counter violent ideologies. “Be faithful to your roots,” he said yesterday in his homily at...

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Nature Church Honors Divine Mother

May 11, 2009

Author: Melissa Nann Burke

Source: York Daily Record

http://ydr.inyork.com/ci_12339729

Many gave thanks in church Sunday to mom.

At the spiritually eclectic Nature Church, which attracts followers of Earth-based and nature religions, congregants also remembered the divine mother -- mother goddesses first revered by ancient cultures for qualities of motherhood, fertility or creation.

"She is the oldest, most primal, most universal of deity concepts...

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N.E.'s Identity Bolsters Gay Marriage Tolerance

May 11, 2009

Author: Jenna Russell

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/05/11/nes_identity_bolsters_gay_marriage_tolerance/

Two days before he voted to approve same-sex marriage, Larry Sirois stood and faced the congregation in his small Maine church.

Word had gotten out that he was planning to vote yes, and Sirois, a retired math teacher, self-...

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