Christianity

Megachurch Opens in Muslim-Majority Indonesia

September 20, 2008

Author: Telly Nathalia and Sugita Katyal

Source: Reuters

http://www.iht.com/articles/reuters/2008/09/20/asia/OUKWD-UK-INDONESIA-CHURCH.php

A multimillion dollar megachurch opened on Saturday in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, with a rousing service attended by some 4,000 people singing hymns and reading from the Bible in Bahasa Indonesia.

Jakarta's grand Katedral Mesias is the brainchild of...

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More Church Attacks in Karnataka

September 17, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7621590.stm

Two more churches have been vandalised in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, police say.

They say that a prayer hall was damaged by unidentified men in an attack at Ujjre near the city of Mangalore and a church attacked in the town of Kolar.

Police have arrested more than 170 people for violence in the state which injured at least 40 over...

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Catholics Could Play Pivotal Role in U.S. Election

September 17, 2008

Author: David D. Kirkpatrick

Source: International Herald Tribune

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/09/17/america/catholics.php?page=2

Until recently, Matthew Figured, a Sunday school teacher at the Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church here, could not decide which candidate to vote for in the presidential election.

He had watched progressive Catholics work with the Democratic Party over the last four years to remind the faithful...

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Buddhism Losing Fast in Mongolia

September 17, 2008

Author: Michael Kohn

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=47,7139,0,0,1,0

Mitch Tillman is an unlikely savior. Six years ago, the Baptist missionary languished in an Alabama jail, facing a prison sentence on drug charges. Today he builds hospitals, feeds street children and saves souls in Mongolia.

For Christian missionaries like Tillman, Mongolia is the new El Dorado. Since communist rule ended...

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India's `Untouchable' Christians Push for Protection

September 16, 2008

Author: Vishal Arora

Source: The Charlotte Observer

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/175/story/196942.html

Franklin Caesar Thomas was one of India's millions of unlucky souls, born into a Dalit, or outcast, family that is the lowest of the low in this nation's rigid caste system.

His parents converted from Hinduism to Christianity, hoping for an escape. They sacrificed and saved to send their son to college for separate degrees in...

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Church of England Apologizes to Darwin

September 16, 2008

Author: Al Webb

Source: Religion News Service

http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2008/09/church-of-england-apologizes-t.php

Some 126 years after Charles Darwin's death, the Church of England has gone into 21st-century cyberspace to issue an official apology to the naturalist for its own 19th-century "misunderstanding" over his theory of evolution.

Darwin's thesis that all life evolved over millions of years was published...

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In Philippines, Abandoned Deal Reignites Rebel War

September 14, 2008

Author: Blaine Harden

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/13/AR2008091302274.html

After years of calm, the oldest insurgency in Asia has flared into a brutish war, with burned villages, slain families, artillery bombardments, vigilante death squads and hundreds of thousands of displaced people.

The match was lit last month when the Philippine government...

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In New York, Pennsylvania and Nationwide, Episcopalians Remember September 11 Attacks

September 12, 2008

Author: Janet Kawamoto

Source: Episcopal News Service

http://www.episcopal-life.org/79901_100625_ENG_Print.html

On the seventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 that killed some 3,000 people in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., Episcopal congregations around the country remembered the dead, comforted the bereaved, and sought hope for the future.

At St. Paul’s Chapel in lower Manhattan, which...

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Vietnamese Catholics Assert Themselves in Land Dispute With Vietnam's Communist Government

September 6, 2008

Author: Ben Stocking

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.amny.com/news/nationworld/wire/sns-ap-vietnam-catholic-challenge,0,5224939.story

At a vacant lot in downtown Hanoi, Catholics have gathered to worship the Virgin Mary — and pressure the communist authorities.

For the second time this year, the city's Catholics have taken the extraordinary step of occupying state-controlled land that...

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Florida Court Tosses Challenge to Religious Funding Ban

September 4, 2008

Author: Tim Murphy

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=16427

Florida's Supreme Court on Wednesday (Sept. 3) tossed out two statewide ballot initiatives aimed at ending a longstanding ban on public funding for religious institutions, drawing praise from church-state watchdogs.

Civil liberties groups had filed suit to remove the amendments headed for the November ballot, which sought to rewrite the state...

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Religious Diversity Celebrated at Interfaith Event

September 3, 2008

Author: Trish Hollenbeck

Source: Northwest Arkansas Times

http://nwanews.com/nwat/News/68743/

A Muslim from Palestine, Fadil Bayyari, is helping to build the Jewish Temple Shalom in Fayetteville. It is being designed by a Christian.

University of Arkansas Chancellor G. David Gearhart gave this as an example of tolerance and diversity as he spoke during the Institute of Interfaith Dialog's fourth annual Interfaith Banquet Tuesday night at the Fayetteville...

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Catholics Invite Hindus for Inter-Religious Commission

September 1, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: News Track India

http://www.newstrackindia.com/newsdetails/14460

Catholics have invited Hindu leader Rajan Zed, the president of Universal Society of Hinduism, for an interfaith dialogue. He has been invited to attend the Diocesan Ecumenical Interreligious Commission meeting of Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento schedule for November 18.

Most Reverend William Keith Weigand, Bishop of Sacramento Diocese, in a...

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