Religion

Pope reaffirms zero tolerance to child abuse

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Pope Francis has reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s adherence to a ‘zero tolerance’ of child abuse by members of the clergy in a letter to his bishops on the Feast of the Holy Innocents. Caleb Cluff The Courier The feast day, held on December 28, is usually reserved by… Pope reaffirms zero… Read More »

Political Islamists brace for Trump era

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump talks to members of the media as retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn stands next to him at Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., December 21, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria - RTX2W2D8

Donald Trump’s election has sent shock waves throughout the loosely knit community of religious-minded Muslims working to gain political power through democratic means. Julian Pecquet Al Monitor From Washington to London to Istanbul, the broad spectrum of so-called political Islamists are bracing for what many fear is a becoming witch hunt that threatens to undo the few gains they were able to secure post-Arab Spring. For the past… Political Islamists brace… Read More »

Parties can’t use religion, caste to win votes: Indian court

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Landmark ruling comes ahead of polls in five states, including UP, where BJP has pledged to build a Ram temple at the disputed Ayodhya site Asia Times In a landmark judgement on Monday, India’s Supreme Court said political parties cannot seek votes in the name of religion, race, caste, community or language. The ruling came Parties can’t use… Read More »

After ISIS, What’s Next for Iraqi Christians?

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The bells in churches across northern Iraq may have been rung again during Christmas, but the future is unclear. Seth J. Frantzman The National Interest Christmas has been a dangerous time for Christians in Iraq. In 2013, three bombings targeted Christians in Baghdad, killing 38. Two days before… After ISIS, What’s… Read More »

Intolerant post-Brexit Britain: history shows we can be better than this

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The surge in hate crimes after 23 June stands in stark contrast to the decency shown to black GIs in the UK during the second world war Hugh Muir The Guardian Are we the nation suggested by the 41% spike in hate crimes that followed the Brexit vote? Where non-white Britons are abused in the… Intolerant post-Brexit… Read More »

The Christianophobia in the UK and in Syria are connected

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Here in the UK and across the pond the anti-Russian and anti-Christian hysteria continues to fever-pitch, signalling as it does the last mad flings of the mad regime of Obama and his neocon-liberal cabal. Robert Eastern KATEHON I have previously written that we have an almost total media blackout on the… The Christianophobia in… Read More »

Will Britain’s new definition of antisemitism help Jewish people? I’m sceptical

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While some consensus is needed in this debate, I fear this definition is imprecise, and isolates antisemitism from other forms of bigotry The Guardian David Feldman Antisemitism is anathema. From Ken Livingstone to… Will Britain’s new definition of… Read More »

The legacy of the Crusades in contemporary Muslim world

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The conflict between the West and the Arab and Islamic worlds is at its core political. Al Jazeera News As’ad AbuKhalil It is always debatable whether the Crusades remain relevant in Arab political rhetoric. Islamists in general believe… The legacy of the… Read More »

Pope urges end to Syria fighting in Christmas message

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“It is time for weapons to be still forever and actively seek negotiated solution,” Francis says in Vatican address. Al Jazeera Pope Francis has urged an end to the fighting in Syria as he gave his Christmas address at the Vatican, saying “far too… Pope urges end… Read More »

Nigel Farage hits out after Archbishop says 2016 has left world ‘awash with division’

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FORMER Ukip leader Nigel Farage has hit out at the Archbishop of Canterbury, after he said the past year had left a world “awash with division and fear”. Sunday Express In his Christmas Day sermon, the Most Rev Justin Welby said 2016 had left people facing a future that… Nigel Farage hits… Read More »

Uniting Church Reverend avoids jail despite molesting young parishioner

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A retired Uniting Church minister has avoided jail time despite pleading guilty to molesting a boy in his parish more than 50 years ago in south-east Queensland. ABC Sharnie Kim Reverend Barry Dangerfield, 83, today pleaded guilty to five counts of indecently treating a boy under the age of 14, and six counts of the historical offence of indecent treatment between males. The crimes happened in the… Uniting Church Reverend avoids… Read More »

Armageddon in 2017: Ancient omen predicts conflict that will bring ‘THE END OF THE WORLD’

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A CALAMITOUS conflict in 2017 will create “the End of The World” according to an ancient ritual using the blood of an Italian patron saint. Express Aletha Adu Italy’s Catholic Church perform a global miracle three times a year which declares the safety of the world, using San Gennaro’s blood, the patron Saint of Naples known globally as Saint Janarius. In January and September, the religious… Armageddon in 2017: Ancient omen predicts… Read More »

If we made contact with alien, how would religion react?

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The discovery of life on another planet might seem incompatible with faith in a deity. BBC News Brandon Ambrosino Yet many theologians are already open to the existence of extraterrestrials, argues the writer Brandon Ambrosino. In 2014, Nasa awarded $1.1M to the… If we made contact with… Read More »

Peru: The Sodalitium scandal

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Investigating allegations of corruption involving one of Latin America’s wealthiest Roman Catholic societies. Al Jazeera News The leaders of the Sodalitium of Christian Life, a secretive sect within the Peruvian Catholic Church, were accused last year by 30 former followers of physically, emotionally and even sexually abusing them, some while they were… Peru: The Sodalitium… Read More »

France will soon have a new crime: online obstruction of abortion

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(RNS) France will soon create a new crime that will make someone running an anti-abortion website as liable to a lawsuit as a protester blocking the door to an abortion clinic. Religion News Service Tom Heneghan The new crime, called the “online obstruction of abortion,” won’t be an outright ban, because that would amount to government censorship. But the law will be so broadly worded that… France will soon have a new crime: online… Read More »

Angela Merkel endorses party’s call for partial ban on burqa and niqab

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German chancellor tells CDU conference ‘full facial veil is inappropriate and should be banned wherever it is legally possible’ The Guardian Philip Oltermann Angela Merkel has for the first time endorsed her party’s call for a partial ban on the burqa and the niqab in Germany, telling delegates at the Christian Democratic Union’s conference in Essen “the full facial veil is inappropriate and should be banned wherever it is legally possible”. The German chancellor’s CDU party is expected this week ... Read More »