Christianity

Christian-Muslim Dialogue: Experts Demarcate Common Ground

October 22, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: World Faith News

http://www.wfn.org/2008/10/msg00124.html

Christian communities should improve their knowledge of Islam, be good neighbours to Muslims and bear witness to their faith in an appropriate manner, according to an international group of church leaders and experts on Christian-Muslim dialogue.

These were some of the recommendations put forward at an 18 to 20 October consultation aimed at developing an ecumenical...

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Metro Chaldeans Meet to Mount Relief Efforts for Harried Iraq Christians

October 21, 2008

Author: Gregg Krupa

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081021/LIFESTYLE04/810210382/1041/LIFESTYLE04

When his phone rings, Nabil Roumayah knows it's more bad news from Iraq.

"My friends and family are calling all of the time and telling us that people were shot and killed because they are Christian, and there are cars going around with loudspeakers...

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Indian PM Recognises Christianity as Part of National Life

October 20, 2008

Author: Anto Akkara

Source: Ekklesia

http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/7801

Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh observed that "Christianity is part of our national heritage" when the Rev Dr Samuel Kobia, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), called on him at his residence in New Delhi on 18 October 2008.

"We are extremely pleased to hear this assertion from the Indian prime minister," Kobia told a news conference after his meeting with...

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Liberia: Religious Group Writes MOE to Ban Bible Teaching

October 19, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Analyst

http://allafrica.com/stories/200810220870.html

The Ministry of Education is under pressure to put an end to the teaching of Bible in public schools across the country as evidence[d] by a call from a religious advocacy institution which has been praying for religious tolerance.

The group, Muslim and Christian United for Peace and Reconciliation in Liberia (MUCUL) says it has written the authorities of the...

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TV Series Covers Touchy Subject of Interfaith Relationships

October 18, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Institute for War and Peace Reporting

http://www.iwpr.net/?p=syr&s=f&o=347250&apc_state=henh

A recent TV series has broken taboos by tackling the sensitive topic of Christian-Muslim relationships in Syria.

“Not a Mirage” was a mini-series shown during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which this year coincided with September. The drama, focusing on the secret marriage of a Muslim man and a...

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Religious Extremism 'One of Greatest Threats', Says WCC Leader

October 17, 2008

Author: Anto Akkara

Source: Ecumenical News International

http://www.eni.ch/featured/article.php?id=2381

The general secretary of the World Council of Churches, the Rev. Samuel Kobia, has said during a visit to India that "one of the greatest problems facing the world today is religious extremism."

Kobia expressed his concern following a recent outbreak of violence against Christians in Orissa state in eastern India, and while he was visiting...

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In Key Battleground State, Religious Patterns Seem Stable

October 17, 2008

Author: Mary Warner

Source: Beliefnet/Religion News Service

http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2008/10/in-key-battleground-state-reli.php

A group of twentysomethings at the Evangelical Free Church of Hershey spoke admiringly about Barack Obama's eloquence, his impulse to heal divides and his historic campaign as a black man nominated for the presidency.

But only one of the four in this key battleground state was even...

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Muslim, Christian Religious Leaders Blame ‘Human Greed' for Financial Crisis

October 16, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Middle East Online

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/culture/?id=28338

The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams blamed "human greed" for the international financial crisis after a meeting of Christian and Muslim religious leaders on Wednesday.

The conference in Cambridge, central England, was also attended by the second most senior figure in the Church of England, Archbishop of York John...

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Holy Row Over India's First Woman Saint

October 16, 2008

Author: K S Hari Kumar

Source: Asia Times Online

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/JJ16Df01.html

Christians, who form 20% of the 32 million people living in the southern Indian state of Kerala, are celebrating Sunday's canonization of their beloved Sister Alphonsa, unaware of the controversies that surround the life of the first Indian woman to be elevated to sainthood.

Alphonsa lived in Bharananganam, a remote village 33...

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More Iraqi Christians Flee Mosul

October 15, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7671609.stm

At least 1,300 Christian families have fled the Iraqi city of Mosul after an upsurge of violence against them by Muslim extremists, the authorities say.

Thousands of people have sought refuge in outlying villages since last week after a dozen Christians were murdered, said local official Jawdat Ismail.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has...

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OK City Funds 3rd Attempt for Public Religious Art

October 15, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Examiner

http://www.examiner.com/a-1638612~OK_city_funds_3rd_attempt_for_public_religious_art.html

A conservative Oklahoma City suburb with a history of trying to incorporate religious art into public spaces has approved city funds to help pay for a statue of Jesus Christ to be placed downtown for Christmas, likely leading to another court fight.

The Edmond Visual Arts...

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Top Philippine Court Rejects Muslim Autonomy Deal

October 14, 2008

Author: Oliver Teves

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.boston.com/news/world/asia/articles/2008/10/14/top_philippine_court_rejects_muslim_autonomy_deal?mode=PF

The Philippine Supreme Court threw out on Tuesday a proposed accord to grant minority Muslims expanded autonomy after Christian protests and renewed fighting convinced the government to abandon the deal.

The court...

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Christian Appeals in BA Cross Ban

October 14, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/7669695.stm

A Christian has begun an appeal against a ruling that British Airways (BA) did not discriminate when it asked her to stop wearing a cross visibly at work.

Nadia Eweida, 56, from Twickenham, south-west London, wants to overturn an employment tribunal ruling that she did not suffer religious discrimination.

The Employment...

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In India, Hindu Threat to Christians: Convert or Flee

October 13, 2008

Author: Somini Sengupta

Source: The International Herald Tribune

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/10/13/asia/13india.php

The family of Solomon Digal was summoned by neighbors to what serves as a public square in front of the village tea shop.

They were ordered to get on their knees and bow before the portrait of a Hindu preacher. They were told to turn over their Bibles, hymnals and the two brightly colored calendar images of Christ...

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India Gets Christian Woman Saint

October 12, 2008

Author: Alan Johnston

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7666158.stm

A Catholic nun, Sister Alphonsa, has become India's first female Christian saint, at an event presided over by Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican.

The canonisation was greeted with delight by Christians in the southern Indian state of Kerala, where Sister Alphonsa lived until her death in 1946.

It is being described as a boost to the spirits of...

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