News

How Inclusive is the National Day of Prayer?

April 30, 2008

Author: Jane Lampman

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0430/p01s02-usgn.html

On Thursday, several million Americans will gather in special observances across the country to mark the National Day of Prayer, first inaugurated by Congress in 1952.

Under the energetic sponsorship of a national task force, the events have mushroomed into the thousands in recent years. They are held at houses of worship but also...

Read more about How Inclusive is the National Day of Prayer?

Activists: China Persecuting Buddhist Monks in Tibet

April 30, 2008

Author: TINI TRAN

Source: AP

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5h5Z6bJwtN_roGSIUQiQnfbf2NkhgD90CA5E05

China has stepped up persecution of Buddhist monks with mass detentions, Tibet activists said Wednesday, as China prepares to take the Olympic torch to the top of Mount Everest.

The actions came a day after six monks were given lengthy prison sentences in the first trial of rioters since deadly violence in Tibet's...

Read more about Activists: China Persecuting Buddhist Monks in Tibet

Community Pushing to Preserve Indian Burial Ground

April 30, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: WPXI

http://www.wpxi.com/news/16095336/detail.html

McKees Rocks wants to move debris at the base of a burial mound.

One man find[s] this extremely offensive.

Euegene Strong says, "If a person were to write a story of Pittsburgh, this is the beginning of that story."

Hidden on a tree covered mountain, in a place people talk about, let alone ever get to see, stands a Native American Burial Ground....

Read more about Community Pushing to Preserve Indian Burial Ground

Sikh Parade in Carteret Sends Message About Faith’s Strength

April 30, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: WSN Network

http://worldsikhnews.com/30%20April%202008/Sikh%20Parade%20in%20Carteret%20sends%20message%20about%20faith%20strength.htm

The gritty, working-class enclave of Ukrainian, Polish, Hungarian and German immigrants, Carteret, clearly came out as the cultural epicenter for Sikhism — the world’s fifth-largest religion — when...

Read more about Sikh Parade in Carteret Sends Message About Faith’s Strength

Baha'is Elect Universal House of Justice

April 30, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/629

The results of the election of the nine members of the Universal House of Justice, the governing body of the Baha’i Faith, have been announced.

Delegates to the Tenth International Baha’i Convention cast ballots yesterday for membership in the council that serves as the head of the religion.

Those elected are Farzam Arbab, Kiser Barnes...

Read more about Baha'is Elect Universal House of Justice

Pope, Iranian Scholars Discuss Christianity, Islam

April 30, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Fox News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,353421,00.html

Pope Benedict XVI met Wednesday with a group of Islamic scholars from Iran following their talks with a Catholic delegation on issues apparently related to recent tensions between Muslims and Christians.

The Vatican said the pope received the Iranians after his weekly public audience, describing Benedict...

Read more about Pope, Iranian Scholars Discuss Christianity, Islam

Pakistan Churches Back UN on Defamation Call

April 29, 2008

Author: George Conger

Source: Religious Intelligence

http://www.religiousintelligence.co.uk/news/?NewsID=1938

The National Council of Churches in Pakistan (NCCP) has backed the UN Human Rights Council’s call for legislation forbidding the defamation of religion.

On April 16, the NCCP voiced its concern over “the mischievous acts, maligning the Islamic faith in the name of modernisation, secularism and so-called freedom of...

Read more about Pakistan Churches Back UN on Defamation Call