Christianity

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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Metro Area Armenians Welcome their Pontiff

November 1, 2007

Author: Gregg Krupa

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071101/LIFESTYLE04/711010368/1041/LIFESTYLE04

SOUTHFIELD -- Elizabeth Aprahamian, 5 years old and precious in a folkloric costume of her family's homeland, stood in the vestibule of St. John Armenian Church on Wednesday night waiting for the arrival of Karekin II, the pontiff of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox...

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Democrats Keep The Faith

October 31, 2007

Author: Brian Montopoli

Source: CBS News

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/10/31/politics/main3437433.shtml

In the 2004 election, according to exit polls, 78 percent of white evangelicals voted for George W. Bush. The president's deft use of religious language, socially conservative policy positions and unprecedented outreach program had galvanized highly religious voters, and there was serious talk of a permanent Republican...

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Interfaith Dialogue Ponders Global Conversion Issues

October 26, 2007

Author: Mark Kelly

Source: Baptist Press

http://www.sbcbaptistpress.org/BPnews.asp?ID=26698

Evangelicals should take a cautious view of a proposed code of ethics banning "unethical" efforts to persuade people to accept Christ, two Southern Baptist professors have said.

In August, the World Evangelical Alliance joined the World Council of Churches and the Roman Catholic Pontifical Council in a dialogue at Toulouse, France, aimed at creating a...

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Muslims Chide Pope for Not Moving Faster on Dialogue

October 24, 2007

Author: Francis X. Rocca

Source: The Pew Forum, Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=14377

Muslim leaders who attended an interfaith peace conference with Pope Benedict XVI chided the pope for not responding to a recent olive branch from Muslim scholars, and complained that the reaction of a high Vatican official "misses the very point of dialogue."

Their complaints stem from an open letter, signed by 138 Muslim...

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Christian College Embraces Romney Bid

October 24, 2007

Author: GLEN JOHNSON

Source: The Associated Press

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jRqe3yywGAI4Y6ZtwLqpe8k0GmVg

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has been embraced in a most unlikely place: at Bob Jones University, the influential Christian college that teaches that his Mormon church is a cult.

In early voting South Carolina, Romney has picked up support among the evangelicals and social...

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India Police And Hindu Militants Besiege Christian Convention

October 21, 2007

Author: Stefan J. Bos

Source: BosNewsLife News

http://www.bosnewslife.com/news/3228-india-police-and-hindu-militants-besieget

Police forces and Hindu militants interrupted a major Christian convention in India's state of Chhattisgarh and forced a pastor to hand over names of people who "accepted Christ", a Christian official told BosNewsLife Sunday, October 21.

Police and Hindu militants attempted to storm the "...

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Nativity Dispute Divides Berkley

October 15, 2007

Author: Jennifer Chambers

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007710150365

BERKLEY -- Christmas may be weeks away, but a quarrel that has become an annual holiday tradition across America is in full swing: heated disputes over religious displays on public property.

An infant Jesus, mother Mary and Joseph are again at the center of this long-brewing legal controversy, this time in the city of...

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Jewish Congress Chief Meets With Pope

October 8, 2007

Author: NICOLE WINFIELD

Source: The Associated Press

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gPP2fFZeWbgrtj1sxY3wth8S8neAD8S52J280

Top officials from the World Jewish Congress met Monday with Pope Benedict XVI to voice concern about Iran but also to encourage pursuing a dialogue with moderate Muslims, participants said.

WJC President Ronald Lauder and the group's new secretary general, Michael Schneider, met with Benedict in...

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Evangelists Attacked in Karnataka, India, by Hindu Radicals

October 7, 2007

Author: James Varghese

Source: Jouranl Chretien/Assist News Service

http://www.spcm.org/Journal/spip.php?breve1985

Two evangelists were beaten up by Hindu attackers in a church in Mangalawadi village in the Hassan District of Karnataka on Thursday, October 4.

This news was carried by Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) on their website [->www.persecution.in].

According to their report, the evangelists, Sudhakar and Issac, who...

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'Elders' in Landmark Darfur Visit

October 2, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7023413.stm

A delegation of influential elder statesmen led by Archbishop Desmond Tutu has been visiting Darfur to try to find solutions to the conflict.

The "Elders" have been talking to local community leaders and to displaced people living in camps.

The visit comes three days after an attack on the African Union base in southern Darfur left 10...

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Judges Weigh Whether City's Emblem Religious

October 2, 2007

Author: Felisa Cardona

Source: The Denver Post

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_7056577

Three Latin crosses displayed on the official city emblem of Las Cruces, N.M., are the subject of a legal battle over the U.S. Constitution's treatment of religion and its proper place in government.

The fight made its way to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday as a three-judge panel heard arguments from lawyers representing the city and Paul...

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