Christianity

Vatican to Accept Muslim Dialogue Call Soon

November 25, 2007

Author: Tom Heneghan

Source: Reuters

http://africa.reuters.com/top/news/usnBAN540920.html

The Vatican plans to respond positively and very soon to an appeal by Muslim scholars for an unprecedented dialogue between Christianity and Islam, Roman Catholic cardinals and Islam experts say.

The Catholic Church, representing more than half the world's two billion Christians, has not yet officially answered the call made last month and hailed by...

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The Vatican’s Asian Vexation

November 24, 2007

Author: David Gibson

Source: Newsweek

http://www.newsweek.com/id/71986

For nearly a quarter century before his election as pontiff, Joseph Ratzinger served as the Vatican's guardian of Roman Catholic orthodoxy, earning a tough reputation for his campaign to quash the Marxist-tinged movement known as liberation theology. Cardinal Ratzinger's success in that crusade won him few plaudits in Latin America, the cradle of liberation theology and home to nearly half the world'...

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Turks in Christian Murder Trial

November 23, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7108607.stm

The trial has started in eastern Turkey of five men accused of killing three Christians earlier this year.

The Christians, who included a pastor and a German missionary, were stabbed repeatedly and had their throats cut.

The suspects, aged 19 and 20, were detained at the scene of the crime, a Protestant publishing house in Malatya.

The trial...

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Four Cases of Religious Persecution a Week in India

November 23, 2007

Author: Michael Zera

Source: Religious Intelligence

http://www.religiousintelligence.co.uk/news/?NewsID=1207

A leading journalist and member of the National Integration Council reports that four cases of Christian persecution occur each week across India.

Dr John Dayal reports the number of atrocities against Christians a year has surpassed what was the entire year’s record in 2006 and 2005. By November 16 this year, 190...

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Pope Benedict Praises Indonesia's Stance on Religion

November 13, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: ABC Radio Australia

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/news/stories/s2088879.htm

The head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Benedict has praised Indonesia's efforts to promote relations between different religions.

He made the statement at a ceremony to welcome Indonesia's new ambassador to the Holy See.

The Pope says Indonesia is playing an important and positive role in promoting...

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Board Puts Faith in 'In God We Trust'

November 7, 2007

Author: Steve Chawkins

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-trust7nov07,1,4858008.story?coll=la-news-religion

After months of contentious debate, a Bakersfield school district has voted to display the phrase "In God We Trust" on the walls of more than 2,300 classrooms, school libraries, administrative offices and the board's meeting room.

Adopted by Congress as...

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Historic Saudi Visit to Vatican

November 6, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7080327.stm

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has met Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican - the first audience by the head of the Roman Catholic Church with a Saudi monarch.

The Vatican described the private meeting as "warm" and said the two men discussed the presence and hard work of Christians in Saudi Arabia.

An estimated 1.5m Christians live in Saudi Arabia but are...

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Vatican Wishes Hindus Well for Diwali Festival

November 5, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: EarthTimes

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/136619.html

The Vatican Monday urged religious tolerance in a greeting for the Hindu festival of Diwali which many of the estimated one billion followers of the world's oldest religion will celebrate on November 9. The message titled "Christians and Hindus: Determined to Walk the Path of Dialogue", was signed by the head of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious...

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2,000-Year-Old Christian Community in Iraq Gains a Spiritual First in Baghdad

November 4, 2007

Author: ALISSA J. RUBIN

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/05/world/middleeast/05cardinal.html

There is neither a cross nor a sign on the heavy metal gate to indicate that this is the official residence of one of the country’s most prominent Christians, the first in Iraq in modern times to be elevated to cardinal by the Roman Catholic Church.

The simple structure, in a dilapidated neighborhood of...

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