Christianity

Monks, Now Homeless, Look to Future After Wildfires Destroy Monastery

November 24, 2008

Author: Lilly Fowler

Source: Religion News Service

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

For more than 60 years, Mount Calvary Monastery sat as a patch of holy ground high atop the Santa Barbara hills, home to seven Benedictine Anglican monks whose only jobs in life were prayer and welcoming pilgrims.
...

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Pope Questions Interfaith Dialogue

November 23, 2008

Author: Rachel Donadio

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/24/world/europe/24pope.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

In comments on Sunday that could have broad implications in a period of intense religious conflict, Pope Benedict XVI cast doubt on the possibility of interfaith dialogue but called for more discussion of the practical consequences of religious differences.

The pope’s...

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Church Wins Partial Victory in Colorado Land-Use Dispute

November 21, 2008

Author: DeeDee Correll

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-church21-2008nov21,0,466950.story

Boulder County, Colo., officials acted illegally when they turned down a local church's request to double its size, but their decision was not motivated by religious bias, a federal jury decided this week.

Rocky Mountain Christian Church sued the county in 2006 after...

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UN Rejection of Iranian ‘No-Action Motion’ Is Victory for Human Rights, Say Baha’is

November 21, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá’í World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/670

The Baha’i International Community praised the United Nations General Assembly for today rejecting a so-called “no-action motion” on human rights in Iran.

Such a motion, if it had passed, would have used procedural rules to set aside a resolution that is sharply critical of the Islamic Republic of Iran over its use of torture, the...

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Hindu Extremists' Reward to Kill Christians, As Britain Refuses to Bar Members

November 20, 2008

Author: Rhys Blakely

Source: The Times Online

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article5186703.ece

Extremist Hindu groups offered money, food and alcohol to mobs to kill Christians and destroy their homes, according to Christian aid workers in the eastern state of Orissa.

The allegations follow the British Government’s refusal to prevent members of two radical groups linked to the worst anti[-]Christian...

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Italian Jews Stand Up for Faith in Face of Pope's Prayer

November 19, 2008

Author: Richard Owen

Source: The Times Online

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article5190702.ece

Italy's Jewish leaders have said they will refuse take part in traditional joint Jewish-Catholic prayers in January because of the re-introduction last Easter by Pope Benedict XVI of a "prayer for the conversion of the Jews" as part of the revived Tridentine mass.

Rabbi Giuseppe Laras, head of the Italian Rabbinical...

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Colorado Church Takes County to Court

November 18, 2008

Author: DeeDee Correll

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-church18-2008nov18,0,5054482.story

When the largest church in Boulder County, Colo., wanted to double its size two years ago, county commissioners said no.

Rocky Mountain Christian Church already dominated a rural corner of the county northwest of Denver. If it became any larger, commissioners said,...

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VHP Opposes Govt Relief to Rebuild Orissa Churches

November 18, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Times of India

Wire Service: IANS

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/VHP_against_govt_aid_to_Orissa_churches/articleshow/3726931.cms

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Tuesday said it was opposed to the move by the Orissa government to rebuild churches that were damaged during the communal violence in the state's Kandhamal district...

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Los Angeles-Area Catholics and Muslims No Strangers to Dialogue

November 17, 2008

Author: Raja Abdulrahim

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-beliefs17-2008nov17,0,2237585.story

World Roman Catholic and Muslim leaders made headlines this month when they met in a first-of-its-kind interfaith forum at the Vatican. Locally, some faithful saw the forum not as something new but as an affirmation of efforts they have been making for years.

The goal of the...

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Archbishop in London Visits Temple

November 16, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Indo-Asian News Service

http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv/story.aspx?id=NEWEN20080072848

The head of the Church of England has contrasted the "organised attacks" on Christians in Orissa with the treatment of Hindus in Britain, and said India risks losing its place as "an international beacon" if the violence is allowed to continue.

In a letter written to Indian church leaders on the eve of a...

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A Rare Imam Who Juggles Fatwas, Interfaith Confabs

November 13, 2008

Author: Ilene R. Prusher

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/1113/p01s01-wome.html

Sheikh Ishaq Abdel-Jawad Taha's phone is ringing off the hook.

"You're welcome, go ahead," says Sheikh Taha, sitting behind his desk at the Palestinian Authority's Al-Fatwa Council, of which he is the director. "She's still recovering, so she doesn't have to pray," he says.

The voice on the other end of the phone is...

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Justices Weigh Religious-Monument Dispute

November 13, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.denverpost.com/nationworld/ci_10968740

The Supreme Court warily confronted a case Wednesday that mixes limits on free speech with issues of church-state separation.

The justices engaged in lively arguments over a small religious group's efforts to place a monument in a public park that already is home to a Ten Commandments display.

The court seemed reluctant to accept the...

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