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Ore. Lawmakers to Examine Parenting, Faith Healing

June 20, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Boston Examiner

http://www.examiner.com/a-1451820~Ore__lawmakers_to_examine_parenting__faith_healing.html

A legislative leader says Oregon lawmakers will take another look at state laws in the light of the death of a 16-year-old boy who died of a treatable urinary tract disorder while family and church members prayed over him.

"We're going to have to look at it again,"...

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Religious Leaders Open their Arms, Altars for Ceremonies to Continue

June 17, 2008

Author: David Smith

Source: The Boston Examiner

http://www.examiner.com/a-1445001~Religious_leaders_open_their_arms__altars_for_ceremonies_to_continue.html

Much of the attention about this week’s same-sex weddings is focused on City Hall, but churches and other religious centers are also gearing up for the festivities.

On Friday, Congregation Sherith Israel on California Street...

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Catholic Order Hoping to Rebuild in Myanmar

June 16, 2008

Author: Mike Thomas

Source: The Chicago Sun-Times

http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/religion/1007410,CST-NWS-servite16.article

In early May, a monster cyclone ripped apart the southeast Asian country of Myanmar (formerly Burma), killing tens of thousands and mangling the landscape.

International relief efforts were immediately stalled by the country's ruling military junta, and several factors stemmed the flow of...

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ICG Fears Religious Strife in Indonesia

June 16, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: DAWN

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.dawn.com/2008/06/17/int7.htm

There is a growing risk of conflict between Muslims and Christians in Indonesia’s Papua, partly fuelled by migration and a growth in fundamentalism, International Crisis Group said in a report on Monday.

Twice last year in Papua, two provinces on the western half of New Guinea island, communal tensions almost erupted...

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Babies' Health Trumps Religious Rights

June 15, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Australian

Wire Service: AFP

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23866917-2703,00.html

Donald Brenner, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, ruled yesterday that child welfare authorities were right to briefly seize the couple's four surviving children so they could receive doctor-recommended blood transfusions that their parents had...

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Russian Monastery Anticipates the Familiar Toll of Ancient Bells

June 13, 2008

Author: Amy Farnsworth

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0614/p15s01-alar.html

As the chiming of bells rang through Harvard University's campus among a field of caps and gowns last week, it was the final time they would be heard – the end of an era for the university, but also a new beginning.

For the past 78 years, the 18 bells have hung high above Harvard's buildings, chiming on Sunday afternoons...

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Report: China Funding Campaign to Eliminate House Churches

June 11, 2008

Author: Michelle Vu

Source: Christian Post

http://au.christiantoday.com/article/report-china-funding-campaign-to-eliminate-house-churches/3934.htm

A new report released on Sunday, exactly two months ahead of the Beijing Olympic Games, details the current Chinese Government’s crackdown on unregistered Christians, including the funding of a campaign to eradicate house churches throughout China....

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Algeria: Four Condemned to Prison for Becoming Christian

June 6, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Catholic Information Service for Africa

http://allafrica.com/stories/200806060879.html

Four Algerians who converted to Christianity have been condemned to prison and heavy fines, while two others were set free after renouncing their conversion.

The defence lawyer said the four were charged with "illegally practicing a non-Muslim faith," the French news agency AFP reported.

Attorney Khelloudja Khalfoun said...

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Muslim Leaders Affirm Saudi King's Interfaith Effort

June 6, 2008

Author: Caryle Murphy

Source: Religion News Service/The Pew Forum

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=15791

Hundreds of Muslim leaders from around the world have endorsed Saudi King Abdullah's recent call for intensified interfaith dialogue in order to dampen global conflict and demonstrate Islam's commitment to solving world problems.

The declaration came on Friday (June 6) at the close of a three-day conference in Islam's holy city...

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Iran Releases Two Christian Prisoners on Bail

June 3, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: One News Now/Compass Direct News

http://www.onenewsnow.com/Persecution/Default.aspx?id=130506

Two Iranian converts to Christianity jailed for the past few weeks have been released by security police, who demanded valuable property deeds as bail collateral.

Authorities in the southern city of Shiraz set free 21-year-old Mojtaba Hussein late yesterday afternoon, requiring a bail guarantee worth US$20,000...

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St. Maarten a Terrific Candidate for Tapping Faith Tourism Market

June 3, 2008

Author: Judy H. Fitzpatrick and Hazel Durand

Source: The Daily Herald

http://www.thedailyherald.com/news/daily/l010/faith010.html

St. Maarten may be only sixteen square miles, but its varied facilities, natural Caribbean setting, strategic location and cultural and religious diversity make it a prime candidate for faith tourism, a multibillion-dollar industry beckoning to be exploited.

With the pressure to find new niche markets to...

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Aomori Aillage Holds Ceremony Beside 'Christ's' Grave

June 2, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Mainichi Daily News

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/national/news/20080602p2a00m0na009000c.html

The "Christ Festival," marking a town which claims to be the location where Jesus Christ spent the rest of his life after avoiding crucifixion, was held over the weekend.

Shingo's association with Christ began in the 1930s with the discovery there of a letter claiming to contain the last testament of Christ....

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