Christianity

Christians Find Oman an Oasis Of Religious Tolerance

January 6, 2010

Author: Saleh al Shaibany

Source: The National

http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100107/FOREIGN/701069854/1011

As another Christmas season winds down, Christians in Oman say they enjoy tolerance and a number of privileges in this deeply conservative Muslim society and that the country’s ruler has made a point of supporting the diverse community.

“We are lucky that His Majesty...

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Area Catholics, Hindus Mark New Year With Hope, Optimism

January 2, 2010

Author: Christine Rook

Source: Lansing State Journal

http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20100102/NEWS01/1020328

In a world fraught with anger and conflict and violence, there were thoughts of peace on the first day of this new year.

Greater Lansing residents gathered to hope for a better future, offering prayers at places such as the Bharatiya Temple of Lansing in Haslett and at Cristo Rey Church in Lansing.

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Malaysian Court Rules Non-Muslims May Call God Allah

December 31, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8435975.stm

A court in Malaysia has ruled that Christians have a constitutional right to use the word Allah to refer to God.

The High Court said a government ban on non-Muslims using the word was unconstitutional.

The court was ruling on a lawsuit filed by the Herald, a publication of the Catholic Church in Malaysia, in 2007.

The authorities had...

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Buddhists, Christians Unite for Christmas Celebration

December 28, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Union of Catholic Asian News

http://www.ucanews.com/2009/12/28/buddhists-christians-unite-for-christmas-celebration/

More than 300 Catholics and 700 Buddhists joined a Christmas celebration in the village of Ohn-pin-su, which is home to just one Catholic family.

People came from villages in Pantanaw parish, south of Yangon, for the event where the message was one of unity...

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Christmas Celebrated Amid Tight Security

December 26, 2009

Author: Aamir Yasin

Source: Daily Times

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2009%5C12%5C26%5Cstory_26-12-2009_pg7_23

The Christian community of Rawalpindi and Islamabad celebrated Christmas on Friday with religious fervour, enthusiasm and gaiety amidst tight security.

The Christians community decorated Christmas trees and cribs in their houses. The Christians living in slums celebrated the...

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Vatican's Top Cleric In Arabia Walks a Thin Line

December 25, 2009

Author: Barbara Surk

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/25/AR2009122500542.html

The Vatican's top cleric in the heart of Muslim Arabia tends to a flock of 2 million Christians spread around six desert nations. But he has to do it quietly: Most of them must still pray in secret and are forbidden to display crosses...

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Christmas Stars Light Up Hindu Temples In Margao

December 25, 2009

Author: Rajeshree Nagarsekar

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/Christmas-stars-light-up-Hindu-temples-in-Margao/articleshow/5376519.cms

Even as church bells rang in the liturgical celebrations to mark Christmas, the sparkling star, signaling the birth of Jesus Christ, lit up a few Hindu temples in the commercial town of Margao. The stars...

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Why Is This Christmas Different From All Others?

December 25, 2009

Author: Jennifer Medina

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/26/nyregion/26convert.html?emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

She kept the tree, but decorated it exclusively in blue, white and silver. She invited friends for a festive dinner, but paused to light Sabbath candles.

For Charlotte Jett, this Christmas was unlike any other. For the first time, it was more her mother’s celebration than her own. Ms...

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US Buddhists Join In Christmas Celebration

December 24, 2009

Author: Suli Yi

Source: VOA News

http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/lifestyle/-US-Buddhists-Join-in-Christmas-Celebration-80088737.html

It has long been true that Christmas is not just for Christians any more.  Many people, of many different religious persuasions or of no persuasion at all, celebrate the day and the season.  Followers of Buddhism in the Washington area are among the...

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For the Holidays, County Sikhs Meld Religious Celebrations With Christmas Traditions

December 23, 2009

Author: Erin Donaghue

Source: The Gazette

http://www.gazette.net/stories/12232009/bethnew184058_32563.php

To tree or not to tree? It's only one of the many dilemmas county Sikhs are faced with around the holiday season. And for followers of the faith, there seems to be just as many approaches to melding their own traditions with the Santas, reindeer, presents and elves that are pervasive in the communities in which they live.

For...

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Furor Erupts Over Atheist Display At State Capitol

December 23, 2009

Author: Adam Harrington

Source: CBS 2

http://cbs2chicago.com/politics/capitol.atheist.display.2.1387754.html

A conservative activist and Illinois comptroller candidate was escorted from the Illinois State Capitol building Wednesday when he tried to remove a sign put up by an atheist group. 

William J. Kelly, a Chicago Republican, announced Tuesday that he planned to take down the sign put up by the Freedom...

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