Christianity

Christian Leaders Petition China to Allow Protestant Chaplains at Olympics

June 1, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Ecumenical News International

http://www.anglicanjournal.com/issues/2008/134/jun/06/article/christian-leaders-petition-china-to-allow-protestant-chaplains-at-olympics/

A Hong Kong Christian leader who works in a sports ministry says Chinese authorities should allow foreign Protestant clergy and faithful to serve as volunteer chaplains at...

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Students Protest Order to Remove Statue of Jesus

May 31, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The News Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/religion/story/377020.html

Two students who put up a small statue of Jesus in their high school said their freedom of speech was violated when they were asked to take it down.

Mount Abraham Union High School Principal Paulette Bogan said the statue violated a policy requiring student displays to exhibit...

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Jesters of Different Faiths Use Laughs to Bridge the Divide

May 31, 2008

Author: Marek Fuchs

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/31/us/31religion.html?_r=1&em&ex=1212379200&en=93d9f037fa917cc8&ei=5087%0A&oref=slogin

The Jewish comedian began with a routine about raising adolescents. “There was a reason Abraham was asked to sacrifice Isaac at 12 and not 13,” he said. “At 13, it wouldn’t have been a sacrifice....

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Longtime High School Wrestling Coach Says Religious Controversy Sparked Firing

May 30, 2008

Author: Diane Macedo

Source: Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,360383,00.html

A high school wrestling coach in a Michigan city known for its large Arab community says he’s being forced out of his job of 35 years on trumped up allegations he allowed his assistant, a local clergyman, to try converting students to Christianity.

The coach, Jerry Marszalek, told FOXNews.com he thinks the decision to not renew his contract with...

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Tiny Amish Sect in Pennsylvania Clashes with State Over Unlikely Religion Issue: Outhouses

May 30, 2008

Author: Genaro C. Armas

Source: Star Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/faith/19385369.html?location_refer=Faith%20+%20Values

Amish farmer Andy Swartzentruber is determined to live the simple life of his forefathers, plowing his field with a horse-drawn tractor, getting around in a horse-drawn buggy and offering eggs for sale to help support his family....

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Interfaith Pep Rally for Israel Rocks the Forum

May 29, 2008

Author: Brad A. Greenberg

Source: Jewish Journal

http://www.jewishjournal.com/los_angeles/article/interfaith_pep_rally_for_israel_rocks_the_forum_20080528/

Karen Lyons kept smacking my leg and acting as if she was going to jump out of her seat. She's a church-going Christian from Pacific Palisades, married to a temple-attending Jew, and she's prone to such reactions when asked why she loves Israel...

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Seventh-Day Adventist Church Invites Hindu Leader Zed to its World Headquarters

May 28, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: News Blaze

http://newsblaze.com/story/20080528150555tsop.nb/newsblaze/WORLDNEW/World-News.html

As a remarkable interfaith gesture, Seventh-day Adventist Church has invited acclaimed Hindu leader Rajan Zed to its world headquarters in Maryland (USA) and meet its leaders.

Carol E. Rasmussen of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty department of the Church, in a communique to Zed,...

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Young Muslims More Open to Interfaith Dialogue Says Vatican

May 28, 2008

Author: Bess Twiston Davies

Source: Times Online

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article4023109.ece

Younger Muslims are radically altering the "climate" of interfaith dialogue, the head of the Vatican's Council for interreligious dialogue has said.

"There is a change of climate [in interreligious dialogue] now" said Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, head of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue said on...

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Appeal Over US Sect Raid Ruling

May 24, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7417776.stm

US officials in Texas have appealed against a court ruling which said they had no right to seize 463 children from a polygamist sect last month.

Texan child welfare workers filed the appeal to the state's Supreme Court.

Thursday's ruling said the reasons given for the children's removal were "legally and factually insufficient".

In April...

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China's Catholics Visit Shrine Under Watchful Eyes

May 24, 2008

Author: Joseph Chaney

Source: Washington Post

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/24/AR2008052400552.html

Bells clanged, children played and police kept watch as pilgrims clutching rosary beads flocked to one of China's most revered Catholic shrines on Saturday, the day Pope Benedict XVI designated World Day of Prayer for China.

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Kenya: Religious Leaders Support New Child Health Initiative

May 23, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Catholic Information Service for Africa

http://allafrica.com/stories/200805230982.html

Religious leaders have backed a national campaign to improve the health of children under the age of five.

The Malezi Bora programme is an initiative of the Ministry of Health and the United Nations children's agency UNICEF. The services offered by the programme include immunization, provision of Vitamin A supplements, protection...

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McCain Rebukes Controversial Pastor

May 22, 2008

Author: Joseph Williams

Source: The Boston Globe/Political Intelligence

http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2008/05/interfaith_grou.html

After winning the backing of an influential Texas televangelist, presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain today abruptly rejected the pastor's endorsement after more of his controversial remarks became public -- including a sermon in which he...

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Asian Catholics Helping Myanmar Cyclone Victims

May 19, 2008

Author: S. Digal and M. M. Perera

Source: Asian News

http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=12289&size=A

Asia’s Churches continue to mobilise in favour of the victims of cyclone Nargis in Myanmar. In some cases they are trying to get aid into the country via Catholic channels; in others, they are collaborating with the local Buddhist community.

In the Philippines Caritas Manila is shipping its first aid collected in Manila...

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