Christianity

Muslims, Mormons Join Forces for Airlift of Tsunami Aid

January 1, 2005

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/utah/ci_2507136

On January 1, 2005 The Salt Lake Tribune reported, "A plane carrying more than 70 tons of relief supplies for tsunami-devastated Asia is slated to lift off from Salt Lake City early today, thanks to a joint effort by Mormons and Muslims. About 143,000 pounds of medical supplies and hygiene items provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were loaded Friday onto an Indonesia-bound MD-11 cargo plane...

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Rev. Jacques Dupuis, Noted Theologian on Religious Pluralism, Dies at 81

January 1, 2005

Source: Grand Forks Herald

Wire Service: AP/Reuters

http://www.grandforks.com/mld/grandforks/news/world/10544622.htm

On January 1, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "The Rev. Jacques Dupuis, a Belgian theologian whose book on religious plurality exploring salvation through non-Christian faiths was attacked by the Vatican, has died in Rome. He was 81. Dupuis collapsed Monday night after dinner and was taken to a hospital,...

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Chicago Religious Communities Pray, Raise Funds for Tsunami Victims

January 1, 2005

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/southsouthwest/chi-0501010241jan01,1,5780991.story

On January 1, 2005 the Chicago Tribune reported, "As the death toll from the earthquake and tsunami in South Asia climbed past the 121,000 mark Friday, religious communities responded with sacred rituals to remember the dead and looked for ways to help survivors. Hindu temples and missions around the region...

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Tsunamis Challenge Faith of Many South Asians

December 31, 2004

Source: Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/nation/10538253.htm

On December 31, 2004 the Kansas City Star reported, "Not only did the tsunami drown southern Asia; it challenged its soul. When the waves washed over India's coastal villages Sunday, thousands of pilgrims to a Marian shrine were washed away while paying homage and attending mass. Bodies were scattered and buried in the sand, and the shrine suddenly became a morgue...

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More Muslim, Christian Women Wearing Headscarf for "Protection"

December 30, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A35086-2004Dec29.html

On December 30, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "This is the new reality for many women in Iraq, Muslims and Christians alike. As the months have passed since the U.S.-led invasion, fewer women are daring to venture out without wearing a traditional Muslim head scarf, called a hejab in Arabic. In Baghdad, moderate Muslim women used to feel they had a choice...

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Interfaith Service for Tsunami Victims Held in Nebraska

December 29, 2004

Source: KETV

http://www.theomahachannel.com/family/4032305/detail.html

On December 29, 2004 KETV reported, "At least 150 Omahans gathered Tuesday night to grieve and marshal help in the wake of the Asian tsunami. An interfaith prayer service at the Hindu Temple focused on victims of the disaster. Many people at the prayer service had a direct connection to the disaster. Some lost friends or family and some are still waiting to find out... Hindus, Muslims and...

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Sikhs, Christians Protest Play About Rape and Murder in Sikh Temple

December 29, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/158/story_15869_1.html

On December 29, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "The violent clash of views sparked by a dark comedy depicting rape and murder in a Sikh temple shows that art and religion still often fail to understand each other.

Some British Sikhs feel 'Behzti,' or Dishonor, is offensive to their religion - an opinion shared by a Roman Catholic...

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New Book Offer Insights for Developing Christian-Muslim Friendships

December 26, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-muslim26dec26,1,6506715.story?coll=la-news-religion

On December 26, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported, "for a first-time author from Lake Forest [CA], a book demystifying Muslims for Christians was easy, because she had grown up as both... First-time author Shirin Taber, 38, said the idea for the book came in the months after the terrorist attacks of...

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Israel Allows Free Travel to Bethlehem on Christmas Eve, Distributes Candy to Palestinians

December 24, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/158/story_15854_1.html

On December 24, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "Israel allowed free travel into Bethlehem on Christmas Eve and handed out candy to Palestinians and foreign pilgrims at roadblocks, the latest sign that Israeli-Palestinian relations have warmed since the death of Yasser Arafat. During more than four years of fighting, Christmas in the...

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Orthodox Jews Join Carolers in Protest

December 22, 2004

Source: Washington Times

http://www.washtimes.com/national/20041221-103610-9207r.htm

On December 22, 2004 the Washimgton Times reported, "Susan Rosenbluth and fellow Orthodox Jews yesterday came to Maplewood, N.J., to join a crowd of more than 100 carolers in singing Christmas and Hanukkah songs in front of Columbia High School. Holiday hymns were sung in response to school policies that Steve Lonegan -- the Republican mayor of nearby Bogota, N.J., who organized...

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Catholics, Protestants Decline; Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism on the Increase

December 22, 2004

Source: NZZ Online/swissinfo

http://nzz.ch/2004/12/22/english/page-synd5418722.html

On December 22, 2004 swissinfo reported, "The religious landscape has changed in Switzerland, with the Catholic and Protestant Churches emerging as the biggest losers. A substantial proportion of the population say they are not religious and minority religions, such as Islam, are on the rise. About 75 per cent of the population are practising Catholics and Protestants, according to...

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