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Taiwanese Falun Gong Followers Rally Against China

March 8, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Yahoo News

Wire Service: AP


More than 1,000 Falun Gong followers have marched and distributed anti-China pamphlets in downtown Taipei to protest against Beijing's suppression of the spiritual movement.

Demonstrators said Sunday they want to show support for the group's...

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India's 'Untouchables' Declare Own Religion

February 3, 2010

Author: Harmeet Shah Singh

Source: CNN


In an event considered rare, one of India's low-caste communities has declared its own distinct religion.

Followers of a 14-century spiritual figure, Guru Ravidass, will now have their own holy scriptures, a flag and a greeting, sect officials said.

The new holy book compiles Guru Ravidass' writings, which until now were...

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Scientology Sees Historic Growth

January 2, 2010

Author: David Yonke

Source: The Toledo Blade


In a tumultuous year in which most religious groups scraped by or tried to hold their own, the Church of Scientology reported its biggest expansion in history in 2009.

The church that was founded in 1954 by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard said it has expanded to more than 8,000...

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Ancient Iraqi Minority Group Seeks Mass. Center

December 6, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Boston Channel

Wire Service: AP


Refugee activists are hoping to build a Mandaean cultural center somewhere in Massachusetts as more Iraqi Mandaean refugees relocate to the Bay State.

Mandaean doctor Wisam Breegi said activists are developing plans to raise $2.5 million for a cultural center that would offer job...

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