Christianity

Chinese Orchestra to Play for Pope, Suggesting Warmer Ties

May 5, 2008

Author: ANITA CHANG

Source: Washington Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/05/AR2008050500375.html

The China Philharmonic Orchestra plans to perform this week for Pope Benedict XVI, state media reported Monday, the latest indication that the often-strained ties between Beijing and the Vatican are improving.

The performance at the...

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New 25th Infantry Leader Riles Religious-Rights Group

May 3, 2008

Author: John Milburn

Source: Star Bulliten

Wire Service: AP

http://starbulletin.com/2008/05/03/news/story09.html

The founder of a foundation that has sued the military, alleging widespread violations of religious freedom, has criticized the promotion of an Army general who was reprimanded last year for helping a Christian group produce a fundraising video.

Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom...

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Kazakhstan Considers Restrictive New Religion Law

May 1, 2008

Author: Jeremy Reynalds

Source: crosswalk.com/ASSIST News Service

http://www.crosswalk.com/news/religiontoday/11574580/

The lower chamber of Kazakhstan's parliament has passed new legislation that would impose tough new restrictions on foreign missionary activity and evangelical churches.

Kazakhstan is located in Central Asia, northwest of China; a small portion west of the Ural River in eastern-most Europe.

According to a news...

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Pope, Iranian Scholars Discuss Christianity, Islam

April 30, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Fox News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,353421,00.html

Pope Benedict XVI met Wednesday with a group of Islamic scholars from Iran following their talks with a Catholic delegation on issues apparently related to recent tensions between Muslims and Christians.

The Vatican said the pope received the Iranians after his weekly public audience, describing Benedict...

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Mayors Prayer Breakfast Set for Thursday

April 29, 2008

Author: Katherine Geyer

Source: The Signal

http://www.the-signal.com/news/article/1623/

A local business group will be hosting the 4th annual Santa Clarita Valley Mayors Prayer Breakfast on Thursday morning at the Valencia Hyatt to pray for leaders who shape the future of the community.

The Santa Clarita Valley Interfaith Council will be hosting its own prayer event in front of City Hall after the breakfast.

The breakfast has drawn fire...

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Day of Prayer Stirs Controversy

April 25, 2008

Author: BROOKE EDWARDS

Source: Daily Press

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Though all faiths are welcome to attend Apple Valley’s National Day of Prayer, so far only Christians are hosting the event.

“Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims and Sikhs are being excluded,” said Simone Kvalhein of the Baha’i faith.

Kvalhein said she called Pastor Doris Eddy of Valley Christian Fellowship, who has coordinated the event along with the Town Council for the last 13...

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At Synagogue, Pope Reiterates Respect For Jews

April 24, 2008

Author: JOHN THAVIS

Source: The Georgia Bulletin/CNS

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In a brief, movingly simple visit to a New York synagogue, Pope Benedict XVI expressed his respect for the city’s Jewish community and encouraged the building of “bridges of friendship” between religions.

The encounter April 18 marked the first time a pope has visited a Jewish place of worship in the United States, and it came a day before the start of the Jewish Passover.

The pope said...

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Florida Lawmakers Debate Offering a Christian License Plate

April 24, 2008

Author: JESSICA GRESKO

Source: AP

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Florida drivers can order more than 100 specialty license plates celebrating everything from manatees to the Miami Heat, but one now under consideration would be the first in the nation to explicitly promote a specific religion.

The Florida Legislature is considering a specialty plate with a design that includes a Christian cross, a stained-glass window and the words "I Believe."

Rep....

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