Christianity

GWU College Democrats Apologize for Vandalism

February 3, 2009

Author: Susan Kinzie

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/02/AR2009020203289.html

Crosses used in an antiabortion demonstration at George Washington University were defaced last week, and the school's College Democrats organization has apologized for the vandalism.

The crosses had been stored in a locked office shared by College Republicans and College...

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Hindus Attack Christians On Indian Island

February 1, 2009

Author: Nirmala Carvalho

Source: Spero News

http://www.speroforum.com/a/17973/Hindus-attack-Christians-on-Indian-island

It was supposed to be a day of celebration, but instead it turned into the latest example of violence by Hindu radicals against Christians and the conversion of tribals. Hundreds of Catholic faithful were beaten, humiliated, mocked, and driven away.

On January 24, a few hundred Catholics crossed the...

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Iraqi Christians Caught In Middle Of Mosul Vote

February 1, 2009

Author: Kim Gamel

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iGDzglMzQnftT6gvmsFlzmYulxNgD962CIG82

Iraqi Christians still reeling from a string of murders last fall find themselves caught in the middle of a power struggle between Kurds and Sunni Arabs that was fueled by this weekend's elections.

The minority community has faced years of violence and intimidation from al...

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Faith On the Side Of a Bus

January 31, 2009

Author: Jason Buckland

Source: CNEWS

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2009/01/31/8215376-sun.html

A provocative and highly controversial religious ad set to debut today is being welcomed by church groups who say it encourages open discussion about the validity of God.

In response to a popular British billboard that will appear soon on the TTC, the United Church of Canada has launched the ad in today's Globe and Mail.
...

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Vatican Orders Review Of Women's Religious Orders

January 31, 2009

Author: Eric Gorski

Source: CNEWS

Wire Service: AP

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2009/01/31/8212561-ap.html

The Vatican has begun a first-ever comprehensive study of women's religious orders in the United States, four decades into a steep decline in the number of Roman Catholic sisters and nuns in the country.

The study, ordered by a Vatican congregation in December and announced Friday in...

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Report: Myanmar’s Chin People Persecuted

January 28, 2009

Author: Denis D. Gray

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20090128/NEWS0402/901289983/-1/NEWS09

The Chin people, Christians living in the remote mountains of northwestern Myanmar, are subject to forced labor, torture, extrajudicial killings and religious persecution by the country's military regime, a human rights group said today.

The New York-based Human Right Watch said as many as...

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Thousands Attend Boulder Debate On Atheism And Religion

January 28, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Catholic News Agency

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=14909

Writers Dinesh D’Souza and Christopher Hitchens brought their polemics on religion and atheism to a debate Monday evening at the University of Colorado at Boulder before a sold-out crowd of 2,050 in the campus’ Macky Auditorium.

D’Souza, a Catholic and author of the book “What’s So Great about Christianity,”...

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Six Bahais, Christian Arrested In Iran: Judiciary

January 27, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: AFP

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gx82ftet4H2W9CQ3S1gj8arJnmSA

ran has arrested six adherents of the banned Bahai faith and a Christian for alleged propaganda against the Islamic republic and insulting Islam, the judiciary spokesman said on Tuesday.

"These people were not arrested for their faith. The six Bahais are accused of insulting religious sanctities and...

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"Inaugural Jesus," a Commentary by Martin E. Marty

January 26, 2009

Author: Martin E. Marty

Source: Ponderings On a Faith Journey

http://pastorbobcornwall.blogspot.com/2009/01/inaugural-jesus-sightings.html

The apostle Paul claimed that Jesus, in the form of "Christ crucified," was "a stumbling block [skandalon=scandal=offence] to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles." (I Corinthians 1:23) Jews+Gentiles=pretty much everybody. You may ask, "What is Jesus doing in Sightings," given this column's...

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Council to Keep Meeting Prayers

January 26, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/devon/7852446.stm

A Devon council has voted to continue saying prayers at the start of one of its monthly meetings following a debate over whether to scrap the tradition.

The vote was taken by Dartmouth Town Council after Councillor Brian Boughton, who is an atheist, wore his iPod earphones during prayers.

He denies playing his iPod at the time but says the...

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Beijing Holds Secret Talks With Banned Churches as 100 Million Defy Party Rules

January 26, 2009

Author: Jane Macartney

Source: The Times Online

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article5587017.ece

A secret meeting between Chinese officials and leaders of the banned underground Protestant Church has marked the first significant step towards reconciliation in decades.

The discussions, which were held in an office in Beijing, were the first time that members of the Government and stalwarts of the outlawed...

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Pastors Say China Easing Up On Churches

January 26, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: United Press International

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/01/26/Pastors_say_China_easing_up_on_churches/UPI-98991232990027/

Protestant pastors in China say they are negotiating a reconciliation with the government that would allow "house churches" to operate openly.

Recent meetings between government officials and leaders of banned underground Protestant house...

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Nigeria: Nirec Moves to Stop Religious Crisis In Country

January 23, 2009

Author: Ayegba Israel Ebije

Source: AllAfrica.com

http://allafrica.com/stories/200901230406.html

The Nigeria Inter Religious Council (NIREC) has concluded plans to train 250 youths on how to overcome the issue of reli-gious crisis in Nigeria that has led to the loss of so many lives in Nigeria.

The national coordinator, Pro-fessor Ishaq Oloyede, disclosed this in Minna yesterday in an address he delivered at the first Nigerian youths summit on...

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