Christianity

As the Vatican Begins Investigation, a Smithsonian Exhibit Celebrates Nuns’ Accomplishments

February 12, 2010

Author: Daniel Burke

Source: Kansas City Star/Religion News Service

http://www.kansascity.com/255/story/1744597.html

Ever since the first Catholic nuns set out for America nearly 300 years ago, their sisterhood has been besieged by pirates, attacked by nativists, bullied by lumberjacks, swarmed by mosquitoes, harangued by bishops, robbed by bandits, hemmed in by black habits and laden with headgear the size of large birds.

As a new exhibit at...

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Tension Among Haiti's Religions Grows After Quake

February 12, 2010

Author: Paisley Dodds

Source: Google News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5idZiVQhHcyG1gpBjzXaAmmk4_OtAD9DQV1680

Christian and Voodoo leaders put aside their differences for a moment Friday, joining hands under a canopy of tropical trees as some earthquake survivors on crutches and in wheelchairs mourned the more than 200,000 Haitians killed by an...

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Algerian Inter-Faith Leaders Call for More Religious Freedom

February 12, 2010

Author: Walid Ramzi

Source: Magharebia

http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/awi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/features/2010/02/12/feature-01

Algeria is a religiously tolerant nation that will never encroach on the rights of non-Muslims to worship, Religious Affairs Minister Bouabdellah Ghlamallah told participants at an Algiers seminar on Wednesday (February 10th).

Under the banner of "Religious Worship: A...

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Mexican Lower House Approves Bill to Separate Church And State

February 11, 2010

Author: Adriana Lopez Caraveo and Jens Erik Gould

Source: Business Week

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-02-11/mexican-lower-house-approves-bill-to-separate-church-and-state.html

Mexico’s lower house of Congress approved a constitutional amendment that formally establishes the separation of church and state after religious leaders criticized legislation on gay rights and...

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Man Faces Prosecution for Taking Daughter to Church

February 11, 2010

Author: Jackie Walker

Source: The Houston Chronicle/Religion News Service

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6863014.html

A Chicago man could face prosecution for violating a restraining order by taking his 3-year-old daughter to church.

Joseph Reyes, 35, converted from Catholicism to Judaism when he married his wife, Rebecca. According to Rebecca Reyes, they agreed to raise their daughter Jewish. But when the...

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Ecumenical Outcry Follows Coptic Christian Killings

February 9, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Christian Century

http://www.christiancentury.org/article.lasso?id=8181

The drive-by gunfire killing of six Coptic Christians in Egypt at their church on January 6, the eve of their Christmas celebration, has drawn widespread shock from the Vatican and church leaders in Europe, the Middle East and Australia.

Jerusalem Lutheran Bishop Munib Younan has denounced the killing of the Christians and a Muslim...

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Billboards On Tampa Bay Roads Duel Over Existence Of God

February 8, 2010

Author: Dong-Phuong Nguyen

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.tampabay.com/news/religion/billboards-on-tampa-bay-roads-duel-over-existence-of-god/1071537

A group representing people who do not believe in God or any gods has revved up an awareness campaign in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

The United Coalition of Reason paid to have two billboards erected that feature a...

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Muslims Seek Probe Of Mayor's 'Christian Community' Remarks

February 8, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: USA TODAY

Wire Service: AP

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2010-02-08-christian-muslim_N.htm

A Muslim group filed a federal civil rights complaint Friday after a Southern California mayor remarked that he was "growing a Christian community" in a state of the city address last week.

In a letter to the U.S. Justice Department, the Council on American-Islamic...

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Democrats Push to Repeal Religious Dress Ban In Schools

February 5, 2010

Author: Melica Johnson

Source: KATU News

http://www.katu.com/news/local/83691437.html

A decades-old law banning teachers from wearing religious clothing in public classrooms received vigorous debate Friday during a public hearing on the 1923 law.

Democrats are leading the charge to lift the ban because they say it is unconstitutional and discriminatory. In a move to make their proposed law more palatable to critics of repealing the ban,...

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Egypt Restores Monastery, Touting Religious Harmony In Wake Of Drive-By Shooting

February 5, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Denver Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.denverpost.com/headlines/ci_14337886

Egypt's chief archaeologist unveiled on Thursday an extensive renovation of the oldest monastery in the world, touting the work at the 1,600-year-old site as a symbol of peaceful coexistence between the country's Muslims and Christians.

It's the message Egypt's government has been emphasizing ever since a...

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Kenyan Churches Protest Islamic Courts' Clause In Constitution

February 4, 2010

Author: Fredrick Nzwili

Source: Ecumenical News International

http://www.eni.ch/featured/article.php?id=3756

Church leaders in Kenya are rallying their followers against a draft constitution they say favours Muslims and will tear the country apart. 

"Christians will not relent in holding out this position as it is our national duty," said the Rev. Peter Karanja, general secretary of the National Council of Churches of...

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Cross Found At Air Force Academy's Wicca Center

February 3, 2010

Author: DeeDee Correll

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation-and-world/la-na-wicca3-2010feb03,0,3367750.story

The Air Force Academy, stung several years ago by accusations of Christian bias, has built a new outdoor worship area for pagans and other practitioners of Earth-based religions.

But its opening, heralded as a sign of a more tolerant religious climate at the academy in...

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Family Helps Adopted Haitian Children Keep Their Spiritual Heritage

February 3, 2010

Author: Manya Brachear

Source: San Jose Mercury News/The Chicago Tribune

http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-living-headlines/ci_14326159

Images of the washed out Haitian hillside where their children's relatives lived have led Peter and Paula Fitzgibbons to fear that their adopted son and daughter have no biological family left.

The strongest bond their chil...

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