Christianity

Retailers, like Macy's, Changing Tune with Traditional Holiday Greetings

December 9, 2006

Author: Glenn Lovell

Source: The Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/living/home/16202176.htm

The battle over Christmas in major retail stores across America was fought, and Christmas has won -- at least for now.

After last year's store boycotts launched by conservative religious groups angered by the secularization of the holidays, the number of national chains that are now using Christmas, Hanukkah and...

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Traveling the Paths of a Hardy Christianity in India

December 7, 2006

Author: Mark Sappenfield

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1207/p07s02-wosc.html

Raymond Cruze is on a pilgrimage, which in India puts him in rather ordinary company. The destination, however, is not the Hindu's sacred Ganges, the Sikh's holy city of Amritsar, or the home of the Buddhist Dalai Lama in Dharmsala.

Mr. Cruze has come to a barren crag at the southern tip of India to stand where Christ Jesus'...

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Turks Debate whether an Imam Can Revere the Cross

December 7, 2006

Author: Mustafa Akyol

Source: Turkish Daily News

http://www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/article.php?enewsid=61126

The visit by Pope Benedict XVI has sparked a new debate in Turkey about the rightful limits of religious ecumenism. The Turkish media have been discussing whether a Muslim cleric can revere Christian symbols like the sign of the cross, and whether it is really necessary to be so accommodating in order to establish genuine religious...

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Three Faiths Share Adjoining Sites in Istanbul Neighborhood

December 4, 2006

Author: Miguel Angel Rivera

Source: Voice of America

http://www.voanews.com/english/2006-12-04-voa44.cfm

ne of the themes of Pope Benedict's visit to Turkey last week was to strengthen the bonds between the Roman Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox Christians. But he also began his pilgrimage by expressing sympathy for the pressures felt by religious minorities within the Muslim world.

And he is expected to sharpen his calls for what the...

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Islamic, Catholic Schools Bridge Cultural Gap by Spending Day Learning about their Religions

December 1, 2006

Author: Jo Napolitano

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/southsouthwest/chi-0612010157dec01,1,7550459.story

Thursday was a day of firsts in Burbank.

In a celebration called Harmony Day, students at Queen of Peace High School and Muslim students from the Universal School in nearby Bridgeview talked about the differences--and similarities--between Catholicism and Islam....

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Pope Begins Turkish Mosque Visit

November 30, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6158811.stm

Pope Benedict XVI has visited one of Turkey's most famous mosques in what is being seen as an attempt to mend relations with the Muslim community.

During his tour of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, the pontiff paused in silent prayer alongside senior Muslim clerics.

It marks only the second papal visit in history to a Muslim place of worship.

Earlier, the Pope visited the nearby Hagia Sophia...

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Pope Shifts Focus to Christian Rights

November 30, 2006

Author: Scott Rank and Stacy Meichtry

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/205/story_20503.html

ISTANBUL, Turkey - Pope Benedict XVI joined an Islamic cleric in prayers under the towering dome of Istanbul's most famous mosque Thursday in a powerful gesture seeking to transform his image among Muslims from adversary to peacemaker.

The pope's minute of prayer was carried out in...

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Allure of Islam Signals a Shift Within Turkey

November 28, 2006

Author: SABRINA TAVERNISE

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/28/world/europe/28turkey.html

ANKARA, Turkey — A short 24 hours before a visit by Pope Benedict XVI to this Muslim country, its prime minister finally agreed to meet him publicly. The venue: the airport, on the Turkish leader’s way out of town.

A pedestrian street in Istanbul, where women in miniskirts and head scarves mingle. Turkey...

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Muslim Students in Rome see Learning as a Two-way Street

November 28, 2006

Author: Tracy Wilkinson

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-students28nov28,1,6960986.story?coll=la-headlines-world

ROME - When Zeinep Ozbek told her parents how she planned to pursue her education, they were shocked.

Not only was the young Muslim woman about to leave her native Turkey, she was venturing into a strict traditional bastion of...

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Singapore may Host World Meeting of Religious Authorities

November 22, 2006

Source: Yahoo! News

http://asia.news.yahoo.com/061122/5/singapore242623.html

By this time next year, Singapore could be a platform where leading international religious authorities come together to seek and promote greater understanding of each other's faith.

Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong personally discussed this possibility with the Secretary of State of the Holy See, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone at the Vatican City on Monday.

The suggestion of an...

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"Spirit of Assisi" Unites Young in Prayer

November 20, 2006

Source: Catholic News Service

http://www.cathnews.com/news/611/111.php

Prayer for peace needs to be heard in synagogues, churches, mosques, pagodas and gurudwaras as well as in schools, workplaces, homes and "most importantly in our hearts", say young people who met for the 20th anniversary of the Day of Prayer for Peace in Assisi.

Zenit reports that about 45 young from 29 countries and belonging to Hindu, Taoist, Buddhist, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Zoroastrian, Sikh, Bahai,...

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