Christianity

Vatican Demands Explanation for Chinese Arrest of Bishops

June 23, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3833861.stm

On June 23, 2004 the BBC News reported, "The Vatican has strongly protested to China over the arrest of three Roman Catholic bishops - one of them 84 years old - in the past month. A strongly-worded statement demanded an explanation from China, which has long sought to control religious expression. Its millions of Catholics are split between followers of Pope John Paul II and members of a state-backed...

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After Court's Ruling Against Jehovah's Witnesses, Religious Minorities Concerned

June 22, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0622/p06s01-woeu.html

On June 22, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "A district court decision here to ban the Jehovah's Witnesses, upheld by the city's top appeals court last week, is either an isolated event or a chilling sign of reviving religious intolerance in Russia, depending on whom you ask. The judgment ends a six-year court battle by the Jehovah's Witnesses to maintain legal...

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"Outsourcing" Religion to India: Catholic, Hindu, Sikh Rituals

June 22, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/3829161.stm

On June 22, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Is nothing sacred? The hard-nosed commercialism that has spawned a boom in international business outsourcing is catching on in the religious world. In the West, there is a growing shortage of holy men of all religions, and the costs of spiritual services are on the rise. An opportunity, then, for India, where high-quality, low-cost 'religious outsourcing'...

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Religious Leaders Protest Bush Visit

June 21, 2004

Source: online.ie

http://www.online.ie/news/viewer.adp?article=3129175

On June 21, 2004 online.ie reported, "A group of leading Irish religious representatives came out in support of protests against the forthcoming visit of U.S. President George Bush to Ireland. Christian, Buddhist and Muslim representatives, together with the NGO Peace Alliance, have planned a number of peaceful protests for this weekend. They are calling on Irish people to join their demonstrations...

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Methodist Church Publication Proposes "Ways Forward" in Interfaith Relations

June 21, 2004

Source: ekklesia

http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/content/news_syndication/article_040621meths.shtml

On June 21, 2004 ekklesia reported, "A new publication aiming to counter fears about relating to other religions, and pave the way forward in Inter Faith relations, will be launched at the Methodist Conference next week. 'Faith Meeting Faith' is a 72-page booklet which will tackle some thorny issues including the Christendom concept of Britain as a '...

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Pope Criticizes Decision Not to Include Reference to Christianity in EU Constitution

June 20, 2004

Source: The Washington Times

Wire Service: UPI

http://www.washtimes.com/upi-breaking/20040620-092431-8102r.htm

On June 20, 2004 United Press International reported, "Pope John Paul II used his noon appearance at his window Sunday to criticize the EU's failure to include a reference to Christianity in its new constitution. Speaking in his native Polish, the pope declared, 'One does not cut the roots to one's...

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Irish PM: EU Constitution Recognizes Inspiration in "Religious Inheritance" of Europe

June 20, 2004

Source: EU Business.com

Wire Service: AFP

http://www.eubusiness.com/afp/040620201140.n1n7j3va

On June 20, 2004 Agence France-Presse reported, "Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern stressed on Sunday that leaders of the 28 current and future EU members agreed to include in the preamble that they 'drew their inspiration from the religious inheritance of Europe'. Ahern was responding to a communique by the Vatican saying it regretted that the...

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Dalits Convert to Christianity, Islam in Protest to Hindu Caste System

June 19, 2004

Source: Frontline

http://flonnet.com/fl2113/stories/20040702002204500.htm

On June 19, 2004 Frontline reported, "Ever since Dr. B.R. Ambedkar embraced Buddhism along with about five lakh Dalits in 1956, mass conversion has become a form of collective protest for Dalits across the country, a willing abandonment of what they consider an oppressive hierarchical social system. The rejection of a system as a form of protest gets reinforced by necessarily choosing one of...

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Christians Mobilized to Pray for Toronto During Dalai Lama's Visit

June 18, 2004

Source: Christian World News

http://www.cbn.com/CBNNews/CWN/061804toronto.asp

On June 18, 2004 Christian World News reported, "When the news broke that the Dalai Lama, Tibetan Buddhism's spiritual leader, was planning to visit Toronto, Mission GTA kicked into gear. Mission GTA is a network of Christian pastors and leaders representing a variety of denominations and cultures. They saw this event as serious cause for concern. 'The prime mission of the Dalai Lama's visit,'...

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Interfaith Worship? Christian Groups Proceed With Caution.

June 17, 2004

Source: Grand Rapids Press

http://www.mlive.com/news/grpress/index.ssf?/base/news-15/10874837581663

On June 17, 2004 Grand Rapids Press reported, "Interfaith discussions are great, but pray with caution. That was the upshot of a Christian Reformed Church policy on interfaith worship adopted by the CRC Synod on Wednesday. While encouraging CRC ministers to take part in interfaith dialogue, delegates cautioned they should be 'especially discerning...

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Children Expelled from Schools Due to Catholic/Protestant Conflict

June 17, 2004

Source: Contra Costa Times

Wire Service: AP

http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/nation/8944038.htm

On June 17, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "Thousands of children have been forced to leave their schools as a new form of segregation takes root in rebellion-racked southern Mexico, with conflicts in Indian communities pitting Catholics against Protestants and traditionalists against the political...

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Moscow Court Upholds Ban on Jehovah's Witnesses' Religious Activites

June 17, 2004

Source: The Plain Dealer

Wire Service: AP

http://www.cleveland.com/religion/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/living/1087471824168140.xml

On June 17, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "Reflecting increased pressure on religious minorities in a country dominated by the Russian Orthodox Church, a Moscow court Wednesday upheld a ban on activities by Jehovah's Witnesses in the capital. The ruling by the...

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Interfaith Group Runs Ad Condeming Iraqi Prisoner Abuse

June 16, 2004

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/nation/8931909.htm?1c

On June 16, 2004 the Philadelphia Inquirer reported, "A month after President Bush appeared on Arabic television to express regret for the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, a U.S. interfaith group yesterday began running an independent ad on the Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiyya TV stations condemning 'the sinful and systemic abuses committed in our name.' The 30-second ad...

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