Christianity

Pope Benedict XVI Meets Non-Christian Leaders

July 18, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Australian

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24039586-2702,00.html

Leaders of non-Christian faiths have met Pope Benedict XVI, who hailed the shared moral values of the world's major religions.

About 20 religious leaders from the Jewish, Hindu, Islamic and Buddhist communities gathered to meet the Pope and the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney George Pell in the Chapter Hall...

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Pakistan Court Rules Conversion of Kidnapped Christian Girls is Legal

July 15, 2008

Author: Anto Akkara

Source: Ecumenical News International

http://www.eni.ch/featured/article.php?id=2084

A Christian father in Pakistan is trying without success through the courts to gain custody of his two pre-teen daughters who were kidnapped and made to convert to Islam.

On 12 July, a judge in Pakistan's Punjab province ignored pleas that Saba Younis, aged 12, and her 10 year old sister, Anila Younis, who went missing on 26 June from the...

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Religious Tensions Rise in West Papua

July 15, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: One News Now

http://www.onenewsnow.com/Business/Default.aspx?id=178632

Authorities in West Papua, Indonesia, must move fast to prevent tension between Christian and Muslim communities escalating into a Malukan-style conflict, according to a recent report by the International Crisis Group (ICG). The neighboring Maluku islands erupted into bitter sectarian warfare between 1999 and 2002, leaving thousands dead, injured...

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Faith Under Trial

July 13, 2008

Author: Father John Flynn, LC

Source: Zenit.org

http://www.zenit.org/article-23190?l=english

The small Christian community in Algeria has undergone a rough period in the last few months. Two converts to Christianity were recently convicted of promoting their faith and given suspended sentences and fines, the Associated Press reported July 2.

Rachid Mohammed Seghir and Jammal Dahmani were sentenced for the crime of “distributing documents...

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Universities Struggle to Keep the Faith

July 11, 2008

Author: Louise Brown

Source: The Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/living/Religion/article/458352

There is nowhere for Muslims to pray at McGill; the Montreal university shut the prayer room three years ago, arguing religious space has no place on a secular campus.

But at the University of Toronto, Muslims and anyone else who wants to pray between class can choose from among more than eight prayer rooms, including four at the airy new...

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South Asian Students Sample U.S. Religions

July 11, 2008

Author: Tim Johnson

Source: Burlington Free Press

http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080711/NEWS02/807110310/1007/NEWS02

For a tour showcasing "religious pluralism" in the Burlington area, the first stop was appropriate enough: the First Unitarian Universalist Society, which not only embraces a diversity of faiths, but displays their symbols on the walls of its sanctuary....

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Harvard Bells on Their Way Back to Russia

July 9, 2008

Author: Andrea Shea

Source: WBUR

http://www.wbur.org/news/2008/78529_20080709.asp

Eighteen antique bells that rang from a tower at Harvard for the past 78 years are on their way home to a monastery in Russia. WBUR's Andrea Shea has the story behind their long-awaited return.

SHEA: As tradition has it the ornate bells in the belfry at Lowell House, a dorm at Harvard, chime each Sunday for about 15 minutes. Grad student Ben Rappaport is the Head...

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Minorities Push for Secular Constitution in Muslim Bangladesh

July 8, 2008

Author: Anto Akkara

Source: Ecumenical News International

http://www.eni.ch/featured/article.php?id=2064

A joint forum of Buddhist, Christian and Hindu minorities in Bangladesh is lobbying quietly for the restoration of a secular constitution that was abolished 20 years ago making Islam the state religion in the Muslim-majority nation.

"We are trying our best to make our voices heard," Nirmal Rozario, organizing secretary of the Bangladesh Hindu...

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Freedom of Religion in the Schools

July 8, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Hankyoreh

http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_entertainment/297616.html

Ten civic organizations, including the Lawyers for Democratic Society and Citizens’ Solidarity for Human Rights, held a press conference to announce that they support a lawsuit filed by Kang Ui-seok against his high school in front of the Seoul Appellate Court on July 7. In the foreground, an activist with...

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Egypt's Christian-Muslim Gap Growing Bigger

July 8, 2008

Author: Ethan Cole

Source: The Christian Post

http://www.christianpost.com/article/20080708/egypt-s-christian-muslim-gap-growing-bigger.htm

The divide between Egypt’s Coptic Christian community and the Muslim majority is growing bigger as an increasing number of Christians are cutting ties with Muslim neighbors and turning to the Church for all their social needs.

Many Christians in Egypt are...

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Buddhist Groups Plan to Fight Christian Bias in Lee Gov’t

July 4, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Hankyoreh

http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_national/297004.html

Buddhist groups, which have complained that the government of President Lee Myung-bak is more partial to his Christian religion, have decided to take action.

In a meeting with some 20 groups held at Jogyesa, the main temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, in Seoul’s Gyeonji-dong on July 3, they...

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Religion Plays a Strong Role in Lives of Central American Immigrants

June 30, 2008

Author: Jack Spillane

Source: The Standard-Times

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080630/NEWS/806300304/-1/news

On a cold Friday night on Dec. 20, a small procession made its way down the ice-clogged sidewalks of New Bedford's North End.

The temperature was well below freezing and the wind-chill far below that. But it didn't seem to bother the Central American marchers, most...

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Pastor Assaulted by Hindu Radicals in India

June 28, 2008

Author: James Varghese

Source: Journal Chretien

http://journalchretien.net/breve13658.html

Hindu radicals assaulted an elderly pastor recently. The alleged perpetrators were members of Sangha Parivar (also called Vishwa Hindu Parishad). They attacked 65-year-old Pastor Murugan of the Gospel Church in Karnataka on the evening of June 24.

According to a report on www.persecution.in, Murugan and some other church members went to conduct a prayer...

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Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu and Catholic Schools to be Integrated into Nepal’s Education System

June 27, 2008

Author: Kalpit Parajuli

Source: Asia News

http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=12627&size=A

Confessional schools will be recognised by the state and receive public funds but must in return adapt to a national curriculum. This change does not pose any problem to Catholic schools, which are among the best in the country, but not so for all confessional schools which must implement major changes.

“Small amounts of money have been...

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