Christianity

Church Gives Generously to a Centre for all Faiths

February 22, 2008

Author: Ruth Gledhill

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article3412722.ece

A diocese of the Church of England is giving an unprecedented £250,000 towards a multifaith building in which the largest amount of worship space will be reserved for Muslims.

The Guildford diocese is one of the wealthiest in the UK. The Bishop of Guildford, the Right Rev Christopher Hill, gave the £250,000 cheque...

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China Official Explains Religion Policy

February 20, 2008

Author: FOSTER KLUG

Source: AP

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gIY_47Y6UfWb4U9DqcLsYDJzAfAwD8UUB5NG0

A senior Chinese official is trying to calm U.S. misgivings ahead of Beijing's coming Olympic Games about what the Bush administration sees as religious intolerance.

In Washington, the director of China's religious affairs bureau met with U.S. officials and spoke at Georgetown University.

Ye Xiaowen told...

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Kremlin's Plans for Christian Curriculum in Schools Have Russian Jews Worried

February 19, 2008

Author: Anshel Pfeffer

Source: Haaretz

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/955554.html

Russia's Jewish community is concerned about a possible government decision to allow the Pravoslav Orthodox Church to teach the principles of Christianity in all government schools. Now local Jewish leaders are trying to enlist Muslim community leaders in a fight against the decision.

Officially, Russia maintains a separation of church and state, but under...

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The President’s Passion Play

February 18, 2008

Author: Tracy McNicoll

Source: Newsweek

http://www.newsweek.com/id/109547

Being an Honorary Canon of The Basilica of Saint John of Lateran is an honor enjoyed by French leaders since Henri IV. Most don't care much (Presidents François Mitterrand and Georges Pompidou skipped the trip to Rome altogether). Not so current President Nicolas Sarkozy, who has been gaining a reputation as France's chief sermonizer. Last December, as he received his title, he made a long...

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Missouri House Backs Right-to-Pray Amendment

February 18, 2008

Author: KIT WAGAR

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics/story/495344.html

The Missouri House gave preliminary approval Monday to a proposed constitutional amendment that would emphasize the right to pray in any public setting, including public schools.

The action came after more than an hour of debate over whether such an amendment would make any difference and whether the names of individual deities...

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World Religious Leaders Pray for Global Peace

February 17, 2008

Author: Kestur Vasuki

Source: Thaindian News

http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/india-news/world-religious-leaders-pray-for-global-peace_10018352.html

Hundreds of religious leaders from across the globe have congregated at the Art of Living Centre here for a two day conference on Vedanta and Buddhism at the outskirts of Bangalore.

The religious leaders from India, Taiwan, China,...

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Hired and Fake, Wedded Bliss for Japanese

February 16, 2008

Author: Danielle Demetriou

Source: The Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/02/17/wjapan117.xml

As with any Westerner working in Japan, it helps to be smart and presentable and to have a grasp of the local language.

But for Kevin Charles, a suave and friendly American living in Tokyo, being "just the man for the job" has involved exactly that. The 32-year-old's regular job is as a...

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Campaign to Display Religious Motto Sees Some Success

February 16, 2008

Author: Tiffany Hsu

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-beliefs16feb16,1,3855378.story

The way Jacquie Sullivan sees it, the motto "In God We Trust" is more about patriotism than religion.

So when the Bakersfield councilwoman, 68, heard on a Christian radio station in 2001 that protesters on the East Coast were trying to remove the phrase from public buildings, she considered it...

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Defining the Limits of Exceptionalism

February 14, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Economist

http://www.economist.com/world/international/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10696111

AMONG family-law buffs, the case is seen as a key example of the messy ways in which religious and civil law can get entangled. It concerns an Italian couple who wed in a Catholic church in 1962. After 25 years of less-than-blissful union, she got a legal separation from a civil court, which told him to...

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Premier Orders Lord's Prayer Review

February 14, 2008

Author: ROBERT BENZIE

Source: The Star

http://www.thestar.com/article/303495

Premier Dalton McGuinty wants to end the daily recital of the Lord's Prayer in the Legislature in what opposition parties are calling a bid to heal wounds from a divisive provincial election fought over religious schools.

McGuinty, whose Liberals were re-elected Oct. 10 partly by defending public funding of Catholic schools while attacking a Progressive Conservative scheme to...

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