Christianity

Faith Schools to Educate About Other Religions

February 23, 2006

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,173-2053482,00.html

On February 23, 2006 The Times reported, "Faith schools are to be instructed to teach pupils about other religions besides their own. Leaders from the Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist faiths have signed a joint statement backing the teaching of an awareness of the 'tenets' of other faiths in schools. The declaration, made jointly with the Department for...

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Coptic Christians Struggle in a Muslim-Majority Country

February 23, 2006

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/22/AR2006022202437.html

On February 23, 2006 The Washington Post reported, "The sectarian battle [a recent event in which Muslim rioters attacked a Christian church in Odayssat] was one of a series that have recently pitted the minority Coptic Christians, an ancient community in Egypt, against the majority Muslims. Repeated instances of violence have...

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Catholicism Increasingly Popular Amongst Urban Youth

February 22, 2006

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0222/p06s01-woap.html?s=hns

On February 22, 2006 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "New churches are mushrooming in this corner of northern Vietnam where Catholicism has sunk deep roots. Fr. [Peter] Phuc is amazed at the rapid growth. 'In the past 10 years, almost every year a new church is built. I can't keep track,' he says. Religion is still a sensitive subject in Vietnam. The US accuses...

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Editorial: Council for Interfaith Harmony Holds First National Conference

February 21, 2006

Source: The New Nation

http://nation.ittefaq.com/artman/publish/article_25797.shtml

On February 21, 2006 The New Nation ran an editorial that commented, "The Council for Interfaith Harmony, Bangladesh held its first ever 'National Conference 2006' in the capital city last week when noted religious leaders and scholars of the four religious communities of the country highlighted the teachings of all the religions for maintaining harmony in the society as well as...

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Religious Leaders from Asia and Australia Issue "Ten Commitments"

February 21, 2006

Source: UCA News

http://www.catholic.org/international/international_story.php?id=18787

On February 21, 2006 UCA News reported, "Religious representatives from Asia and Australia have committed to use the "peaceful" elements in religion to counter violence and terrorism. The 200 participants from 17 countries, who met Feb. 12-13 in Jakarta, also said at the end of their meeting that they are committed to uprooting 'all kinds of corruption by...

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Wiccan Sues State Over Sales-Tax Exemption for Bibles

February 20, 2006

Source: Agape Press

http://headlines.agapepress.org/archive/2/202006d.asp

On February 20, 2006 the Agape Press reported, "Liberty Counsel, a Florida-based organization that defends the constitutional rights of Christians, has filed a brief with the state supreme court defending a law that provides a sales tax exemption for Bibles and other religious publications. Recently, the Wiccan Religious Cooperative of Florida sued the state department of revenue claiming...

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Pope Urges Respect, Condemns Violence

February 20, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4734454.stm

On February 20, 2006 BBC News reported, "The Pope has said that it is necessary to respect the world's religions and avoid harming religious sensibilities. Pope Benedict XVI was speaking after deadly protests in Libya and Nigeria over cartoons satirising the Prophet Muhammad.

But the head of the Catholic Church said that violence could not be justified as a response to offences.

...

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Government Markets Religious Diversity to Attract "Spiritual Tourism"

February 20, 2006

Source: Hindustan Times

Wire Service: PTI

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1630588,0011.htm

On February 20, 2006 the Press Trust of India reported, "Malaysia is all set to cash in on its multi-ethnic culture by featuring several Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Sikh and Buddhist houses of worship as the country's premier 'spiritual tourism' destinations. Tourism Minister Adnan Tengku Mansor also plans to showcase religious and cultural...

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Diverse Faiths Unify to Support Synagogue Defaced by Anti-Semitic Graffiti

February 20, 2006

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0602200160feb20,1,432204.story

On February 20, 2006 the Chicago Tribune reported, "The message Sunday from a politician, a clergyman, a rabbi and a Muslim activist to a Jewish congregation in Uptown that saw its synagogue recently defaced by anti-Semitic graffiti was the same: A hate crime against one group is a crime against all humanity.

Nearly 200...

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Opinion: “Better Ways to Handle a Prayer Breakfast”

February 20, 2006

Source: Lexington Herald-Leader

http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/editorial/13903485.htm

On February 20, 2006 the Lexington Herald-Leader ran an opinion piece by Nancy Jo Kemper, the executive director of the Kentucky Council of Churches. She comments on the Governor's Annual Prayer Breakfast held recently by the Christian Business Men's Club in Kentucky. "The CBMC of the Bluegrass, formerly known as the Christian Business Men's Club, may surely...

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Cartoon Riots Target Christians

February 19, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/4728616.stm

On February 19, 2006 BBC News reported, "Sixteen people have been killed in northern Nigeria during protests by Muslims over the cartoons satirising the Prophet Muhammad. Most of the deaths occurred in rioting in Maiduguri, capital of north-eastern Borno state. One person died in similar riots in north-central Katsina state. Witnesses said most of the dead were from Maiduguri's minority Christians....

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A Buddhist Chaplain at Alaska Medical Center

February 19, 2006

Source: Anchorage Daily News

http://www.adn.com/life/hometown/story/7463101p-7373293c.html

On February 19, 2006 the Anchorage Daily News reported, "In the world of health care, chaplains play an important role in maintaining the human side of a hospital. A program at Providence Alaska Medical Center, the only one of its kind in the state, delivers the training chaplains need to balance medicine, the spirit and the tough questions that follow when the two meet...

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