Christianity

Pope Tells Muslims That Religion Rejects Violence

March 19, 2009

Author: Victor L. Simpson

Source: The Houston Chronicle

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6321336.html

Religion must reject violence, Pope Benedict XVI told Muslim leaders Thursday before celebrating an open-air Mass in front of thousands and delivering a message of hope for Africa's expanding, vibrant Catholic flock.

In Cameroon's capital of Yaounde, a clapping,...

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Photos Explore African-American Culture Of Faith

March 19, 2009

Author: Theresa Winslow

Source: Examiner/The Associated Press

http://www.examiner.com/a-1913972~Photos_explore_African_American_culture_of_faith.html

If Leroy Evans doesn't go to church, he feels lost.

"It's a part of me," said the trustee of Mount Olive African Methodist Episcopal Church in Annapolis, where he's been going for decades. "It's about everything. I came in young, I've really enjoyed being...

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Religious Bias Found In Public Sector

March 19, 2009

Author: Bae Ji-sook

Source: The Korea Times

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2009/03/113_41615.html

Koreans are guaranteed with the constitutional right to any religious belief, but some schools and civil service offices have been found to have practiced religious bias, the government said Thursday.

Forty-five cases of such bias have been reported to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism since October last...

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Ex-R.I. Priest Who Follows Two Faiths Faces Ouster

March 15, 2009

Author: Richard C. Dujardin

Source: The Providence Journal

http://www.projo.com/news/content/priest_03-15-09_QMDMFI7_v3.1dc7473.html

Even as a Brown University student, Ann Holmes Redding was never far away from controversy.

She was barely into her freshman year in 1968 when she joined a black student walkout to get the university to admit more blacks — a move that resulted in a near quadrupling of the number of...

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Air Force Queries Whether E-Mail Crosses Religious Line

March 15, 2009

Author: Eric Lichtblau

Source: The Houston Chronicle/The New York Times

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6311899.html

The Air Force has begun an investigation into whether an e-mail message from an Air Force commander in Europe directing service members under her command to an “inspirational” story on a Catholic Web site violated the military’s official position of religious neutrality.

The...

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'The Troubles' Return

March 14, 2009

Author: Carrick Mollenkamp and Jennifer Martinez

Source: The Wall Street Journal

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123699310634827165.html

On Friday, this village in the heart of Ulster buried a local constable, Stephen Carroll. Townspeople gathered under a gray sky to watch Mr. Carroll's funeral procession, as a lone bagpiper played. Four days earlier, the constable had been shot in the back of the head as he and other officers responded to a woman...

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Russian Film Crew Records Faith In America

March 13, 2009

Author: Barbara Karkabi

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6309815.html

Standing at the back of a crowded church, Nataliya Sergeeva combined prayer and work, watching her videographer tape the elaborate candle-lit service.

It was the last day of filming for Sergeeva, a producer with The Orthodox Encyclopedia, a Russian Orthodox TV program. The crew spent 10 days capturing footage for a...

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Egyptian Christian's Recognition Struggle

March 13, 2009

Author: Christopher Landau

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7888193.stm

Maher al-Gohary has converted from Islam to Christianity. In spite of facing death threats, he's engaged in a legal battle to have his changed religion recognised on his official Egyptian documents.

We drive through the chaotic streets of Cairo to meet Mr Gohary's lawyer at a petrol station.

His client lives in hiding, and doesn't...

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One Priest, Two Faiths, And Lots Of Questions

March 12, 2009

Author: Daniel Burke

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=17707

Friday afternoons find the Rev. Ann Holmes Redding at the Al-Islam Center in Seattle, reciting Muslim prayers.

Come Sunday, she heads about two miles south to kneel in the pews of St. Clement's of Rome Episcopal Church.

"My experience and my call is to continue to follow Jesus," said Redding, an Episcopal priest for the past 25...

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Malaysia's Minority Religious Leaders Condemn 'Allah' Ban

March 9, 2009

Author: Michelle Green

Source: Ecumenical News International

http://www.eni.ch/featured/article.php?id=2797

Leaders of Malaysia's minority religious groups have criticised the country's government for restricting the use of the word Allah by non-Muslims in Bibles, a Catholic newspaper and other texts.

The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism said in a statement made available on 6 March that...

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Clergyman Defends His Zen Buddhist Practices

March 8, 2009

Author: Ruth Gledhill

Source: Times Online

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article5869562.ece

An Anglican clergyman elected as a bishop has defended his right to use the practices of Zen Buddhism to deepen his Christian faith.

Conservatives in The Episcopal Church of the US are demanding that Rev Kevin Thew Forrester, a priest in the diocese of Northern Michigan, be barred from the episcopate because he received...

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