Christianity

U.S. Catholic Women Raise Question of Women's Ordination in Puffs of Pink Smoke

April 19, 2005

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0504190122apr19,1,4411559.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed

On April 19, 2005 the Chicago Tribune reported, "Protesting the absence of women in the conclave by using a puff of pink smoke, a group of Roman Catholic nuns and lay women Monday called on church leaders to select a new pope who supports ordaining women as priests. About 50...

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Hindu Organization Welcomes Pope, Remains Cautious

April 19, 2005

Source: Navya Shastra

http://www.shastras.org/PressRelease11.html

On April 19, 2005 a Navya Shastra press release reported, "Navya Shastra, a global Hindu organization of scholars, practitioners and priests with members in over ten countries, has congratulated the Catholic Church for selecting Joseph Ratzinger--now Benedict XVI--as its new Pope. However, the organization expressed concern over Ratzinger's stance towards Hinduism. 'Ratzinger has described Hindu meditative...

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Challenges for the Pope's Successor Include Expanded Interfaith Outreach

April 18, 2005

Source: MSNBC/Newsweek

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7446931/site/newsweek/page/4/

On April 18, 2005 Newsweek reported, "John Paul II made interfaith dialogue a priority, but his successor needs to expand and intensify those exchanges, says Diana Eck, professor of comparative religion at Harvard. 'He went much further with the Jewish people than with Muslims,' she says. 'And much further with Abrahamic dialogue than either Buddhists or Hindus.' Relations between the...

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Opinion: Religious Pluralism Central Issue for Papal Successor

April 18, 2005

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

http://www.smh.com.au/news/Opinion/Key-issue-for-next-pope-is-a-meeting-of-the-faiths/2005/04/17/1113676643828.html?oneclick=true

On April 18, 2005 The Sydney Morning Herald ran an opinion piece by Neil Ormerod, professor of theology at the Australian Catholic University, about the importance of the new pope addressing religious pluralism. Ormerod writes, "The...

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45 Christian Converts Returned to Hindu Fold in Village

April 18, 2005

Source: The Indian Express

http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=68645

On April 18, 2005 The Indian Express reported, "Leaving the West Bengal government groping in the dark, the VHP today said that they have 're-converted' 45 Adivasi Christian families to Hinduism in Popra village, 20 km from Malda. The day-long function, organised at an ashram of VHP-affiliate Akhil Bharatiya Santhal Samaj, was attended by Adivasi families from nearby...

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Buddhist Leader Calls for Crackdown on "Unethical Conversions" in Wake of Tsunami

April 17, 2005

Source: Asian Tribune

http://www.asiantribune.com/show_news.php?id=14105

On April 17, 2005 the Asian Tribune reported, "The Venerable Medagama Dhammananda Thera of the Asgiriya Maha Vihara has called for strong legal measures to protect Buddhists and Hindus from dollar-waving ‘religious’ pied pipers. Hordes of them from the West and their local supporters were spreading out to the island’s remote corners to 'save souls,' while their own countries were...

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Scottish Student Group Wants to Remove Bibles from Student Rooms

April 15, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/4450363.stm

On April 15, 2005 BBC News reported, "A students' association has called for the Bible to be removed from more than 2,000 university rooms because it could offend non-Christians. Stirling University Students' Association (SUSA) wants the Gideons Bibles taken out of all student rooms. Students said providing the Bible in all university accommodation was 'presumptuous' and offensive to...

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Tories Advocate for More Faith Schools

April 14, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/vote_2005/frontpage/4438453.stm

On April 14, 2005 BBC News reported, " The Conservatives say they want to see "perhaps thousands" more faith schools. Education spokesman Tim Collins says a commitment to a major expansion of religious schools 'is absolutely at the heart of the Conservative vision.' He says Christian, Jewish and Islamic schools have higher standards and a stronger...

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Christian Conference of Asia Gathers, Theme of "Building Communities of Peace for All"

April 14, 2005

Source: Sightings

http://marty-center.uchicago.edu/sightings/archive_2005/0414.shtml

On April 14, 2005 Sightings reported, "With a theme of 'Building Communities of Peace for All,' the Christian Conference of Asia held its twelfth general assembly in Chiang Mai, Thailand, from March 31 to April 6...They were joined by an equal number of representatives of the World Council, other regional councils, and the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences, as well...

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Plans for Yorktown Muslim Center Held Up by Traffic

April 14, 2005

Source: The Journal News

http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050414/NEWS02/504140355/1020/NEWS04

On April 14, 2005 The Journal News reported, "the Yorktown Planning Board could vote on dividing the old Franciscan High School property, part of which would be used as a mosque and Muslim center, as soon as May 9. If the opening of public hearings on plans to turn a former Catholic high school into a Muslim...

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Interfaith Service in Los Angeles Honors Memory of John Paul II

April 13, 2005

Source: India Post News Service

http://www.indiapost.com/members/story.php?story_id=4707

On April 13, 2005 the India Post News Service reported, "Bibi Inderjit Kaur Khalsa, Bhai Sahiba of the Sikh Dharma, addressed a gathering of 500 in an Interfaith Memorial Service for Pope John Paul II at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angeles in Los Angeles, California. She shared some personal experiences with her husband Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Khalsa Yogiji and their...

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Papal Candidates and the Role of Islam

April 11, 2005

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/12/international/worldspecial2/12islam.html

On April 11, 2005 The New York Times reported, "One is from Nigeria, a man who grew up among Muslims and says there is no clash of cultures. Another is from Germany, who believes that it may be useful to talk to Muslims but that it is better to revitalize Christianity. Others speak of the need for Muslims in Europe to integrate better or even to...

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The Pope’s Interfaith Outreach Symbolic, Personal

April 11, 2005

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/world/3127863

On April 11, 2005 the Houston Chronicle reported, "The symbols of cooperation left to the world by Pope John Paul II transformed interfaith relations. He was the Polish pope who came of age under Nazi occupation and prayed at one of Judaism's most holy sites, Jerusalem's Western Wall. The leader of more than 1 billion Catholics, he shed his shoes to enter a mosque and urged repentance...

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