Christianity

Obama's Speech Spurs Dialogue on Race, Religion

March 22, 2008

Author: Paul Eakins

Source: Press Telegram

http://www2.presstelegram.com/news/ci_8666950

Before moving to California in 2004, Elyssa Taylor-Stewart attended the same South Side Chicago church as Barack Obama and listened to the same sermons that since have enveloped the Democratic presidential candidate in controversy.

The Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.'s criticism of America at Trinity United Church of Christ has shocked and outraged many people....

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Protestants, Jews, African-Influenced Faiths Among Non-Catholic Religions Represented in Cuba

March 21, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: AOL News

Wire Service: AP

http://news.aol.com/story/_a/protestants-jews-african-influenced/n20080321141709990003

Although 85 percent of Cubans were nominally Roman Catholic before the 1959 revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power, church experts say fewer than half of Cubans identify themselves as Catholics today, with a very small percentage ever...

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Holiday or Not, Schools Gird for Absences

March 21, 2008

Author: Keith O'Brien

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2008/03/21/holiday_or_not_schools_gird_for_absences/

For as long as anyone here can remember, Good Friday, the most solemn of Christian holy days, has been a holiday for public school students, a day set aside for prayer and quiet reflection.

But not today, not in Winchester.

In the quest to create...

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Blessed Friday as Religious Festivals Harmonise

March 20, 2008

Author: Aroosa Masroor

Source: The International News

http://www.thenews.com.pk/print1.asp?id=102278

March 21 will be of special significance this year as the calendars of five different religions will coincide, giving each faith a reason to celebrate the day.

As Muslims celebrate Eid Milad-un-Nabi (the birth of Prophet Muhammad PBUH) on Friday, Christians will mark the crucifixion and death of Jesus as Good Friday, while Hindus and...

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Calvin To Host Koldenhoven

March 20, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Calvin College News

http://www.calvin.edu/news/releases/2007-08/koldenhoven.htm

Calvin College will host Dean Koldenhoven on March 31 for the 12th annual Paul B. Henry Lecture.

A former mayor of Palos Heights, Ill., and a 2002 recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, Koldenhoven will speak on "Religious Tolerance, Love your Neighbor" at 7:30 p.m. at the Prince Conference Center. The...

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Premier of Ontario, Canada, Asks For a More Comprehensive Prayer

March 19, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Hinduism Today/Religion News Service

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2008/3/19.shtml#3

The premier of Ontario has dropped a political hot potato with his recent announcement that the daily recitation of the Lord's Prayer in the provincial legislature should be dropped. "It's time for us to ensure that we have a prayer that better reflects our diversity," Dalton McGuinty, a Liberal Party member, said last month. "The...

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Gadhafi Celebrates Prophet's Birthday

March 19, 2008

Author: ALFRED de MONTESQUIOU and Godfrey Olukya

Source: AP

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gEoBixN6lIls6zpQ35lG1y8FGTNgD8VGO00G0

In his drive to spread Libyan and Islamic influence in Africa, Moammar Gadhafi inaugurated a huge new mosque in this predominantly Christian country Wednesday, with several African heads of state attending and scores of Arab journalists flown in for the occasion.

Packed in Kampala's soccer...

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Obama Speaks on Race to Defuse Pastor Controversy

March 19, 2008

Author: WILLIAM DOUGLAS

Source: The Kansas City Star

Wire Service: AP

http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation/story/537176.html

Sen. Barack Obama sought to right his shaken presidential campaign with his bold speech on race Tuesday, political analysts said.

“I’ve never heard anybody give a speech like that, ever. It transcends John F. Kennedy’s speech on his faith and his politics,”...

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Religion-Affiliated Schools Offer Study in Single Faith

March 17, 2008

Author: Huang Yi-jing

Source: Taipei Times

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2008/03/17/2003405885

The country's religion-affiliated schools are accepting applications for the upcoming school year after the Ministry of Education (MOE) agreed last year to allow religion-based schools to set up departments devoted to the study of a single faith.

The decision was a major move for the ministry, which historically...

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Muslims Denounce Attack on Priest

March 17, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/7301382.stm

Muslim leaders have condemned an attack on an Anglican clergyman calling the assault "cowardly and despicable".

Canon Michael Ainsworth, 57, was beaten by youths described as Asian in the grounds of St George-in-the-East, Shadwell, east London, on 5 March.

Mr Ainsworth suffered cuts, bruises and two black eyes when he...

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Bishop Speaks of 'Christian UK'

March 17, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/kent/7300387.stm

An Anglican bishop who received threats after comments about Islamic extremism has spoken on the importance of the UK's Christian heritage.

The Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, was threatened after claiming Islamic extremism made some places "no-go areas" for non-Muslims.

In an exclusive interview, he...

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