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Vatican Orders Review Of Women's Religious Orders

January 31, 2009

Author: Eric Gorski

Source: CNEWS

Wire Service: AP

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2009/01/31/8212561-ap.html

The Vatican has begun a first-ever comprehensive study of women's religious orders in the United States, four decades into a steep decline in the number of Roman Catholic sisters and nuns in the country.

The study, ordered by a Vatican congregation in December and announced Friday in...

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Faith On the Side Of a Bus

January 31, 2009

Author: Jason Buckland

Source: CNEWS

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2009/01/31/8215376-sun.html

A provocative and highly controversial religious ad set to debut today is being welcomed by church groups who say it encourages open discussion about the validity of God.

In response to a popular British billboard that will appear soon on the TTC, the United Church of Canada has launched the ad in today's Globe and Mail.
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USLME Changes Turban Search Policy

January 30, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Sikh Coalition

http://www.sikhcoalition.org/advisories/USMLEPolicyChange.htm

The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) has agreed not to ask Sikh examinees to remove their turbans for security screenings at test centers. The Sikh Coalition applauds the NBME for understanding and responding to the concerns of the Sikh American community.

Medical Student Speaks Out

The Coalition first...

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Interfaith Week Promotes Harmony, Understanding

January 30, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Deseret News

http://deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,705281465,00.html

Commemorating the Olympic Spirit every February, Interfaith Week in Utah returns Feb. 1-8 for its seventh year, renewing a vision of religious, intercultural and global goodwill.

It is sponsored by the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable (founded in 1999 for the 2002 Olympics).

Interfaith Week is the group's annual signature event....

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Art Shows Hope for Peace

January 30, 2009

Author: Barbara Karkabi

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6239025.html

Let’s get one thing straight: The Pakistani artist Jimmy Engineer is not and has never been an engineer.

But his father and grandfathers were, and it’s the custom among Zoroastrians, an ancient religion founded in Persia, to name families after their professions. He answers this very common question...

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Turban Searches Humiliating, Local Sikhs Say

January 30, 2009

Author: Tom Lochner

Source: West County Times

http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_11593508

Some Sikh men say they are subjected to systematic and humiliating searches of their turbans whenever they fly out of Oakland International Airport, but a federal airport security official says their complaint is unjustified.

J.P. Singh, co-founder of the Sikh temple in El Sobrante, says he was subjected to a secondary search for explosives all six times he...

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Ottawa Using Intervention to Extinguish Muslim Extremism

January 30, 2009

Author: Stewart Bell

Source: National Post

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/story.html?id=1237450

The government has been using "counter-radicalization techniques" to steer Canadian Muslims away from extremism, according to a secret intelligence report obtained by the National Post.

The document outlines a little-known, government-wide, counter-radicalization strategy that aims to prevent al-Qaeda-inspired terrorists such...

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