Pope tells Merkel to keep pressing for international cooperation

Pope tells Merkel to keep pressing for international cooperation

Pope tells Merkel to keep pressing for international cooperation to keep fighting for the Paris climate change deal and to ‘tear down walls’ that inhibit international cooperation, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday (June 17), offering a stark contrast between her agenda and U.S. policy. U.S. President Donald Trump announced this month that he would […]

Richard Dawkins slams Islam as a most evil religion,a then Trump for travel ban rhetoric

Richard Dawkins slams Islam as ‘most evil religion,’ then Trump for travel ban rhetoric

Richard Dawkins slams Islam as ‘most evil religion,’ then Trump for travel ban rhetoric Author: ‘Individual Muslims suffer more from Islam than anyone else’ Author Richard Dawkins told an audience last week that Islam is the “most evil” religion in the world while scolding President Donald Trump for his anti-terror rhetoric. Attendees at this year’s […]

Real Freedom Of Religion

Real Freedom Of Religion

Real Freedom Of Religion Religion is our strength — and weakness. Religion serves as a beacon of light when it helps to make us better human beings. For that, religion has to be rational, and our practise of it, reasonable. Every religion, in its origin, was refreshingly rational. It is when class and group interests hijacked […]

Christian harassment is on the rise. Can you do anything to stop it?

Christian harassment is on the rise. Can you do anything to stop it?

Christian harassment is on the rise. Can you do anything to stop it? Christians are the most persecuted faith group in the world today, targeted by Islamic terror groups like Boko Haram and ISIS, as well as secular governments and even competing Christian sects. They endure physical harassment and social discrimination in more than 125 […]

Religious ritual 1, chickens 0

Religious ritual 1, chickens 0

Religious ritual 1, chickens 0 People participate in the Jewish religious holiday of Kaporos in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, on Oct. 9, 2016. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Stephanie Keith A group seeking to end the ritual slaughter of thousands of chickens in New York City’s Brooklyn borough has suffered a legal setback. The […]

Mormon ‘gospel art’: Kitsch or classic

Mormon ‘gospel art’: Kitsch or classic?

Mormon ‘gospel art’: Kitsch or classic? At the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ visitors center in Salt Lake City,  “The Baptism of Jesus” by Harry Anderson presents John baptizing Jesus as though it happened between two mountain men in the valleys of the American West, reinforcing the early church’s idea of its history […]

To escape abusive marriages, many Christians in Pakistan convert to Islam

To escape abusive marriages, many Christians in Pakistan convert to Islam

To escape abusive marriages, many Christians in Pakistan convert to Islam Christians : LAHORE, Pakistan (RNS) For a Pakistani Christian like Shameela Masih, divorcing her abusive husband meant two choices — both nearly as bad as staying in the marriage. “I have to prove adultery allegations against him,” said Masih, a 34-year-old mother of two. […]

Accommodating religion in the workplace

Accommodating religion in the workplace

Accommodating religion in the workplace In March, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) generated controversy (and confusion) when it ruled that a workplace ban on wearing the Islamic headscarf did not necessarily constitute direct discrimination. Employers could not single out Muslim employees, the ECJ found, but they could enforce general policies restricting religious dress so […]

The Secrets of Rav Chaim's Exclusive Shavuot Prayer List

The Secrets of Rav Chaim’s Exclusive Shavuot Prayer List

The Secrets of Rav Chaim’s Exclusive Shavuot Prayer List   Secrets : For 72 Hours only from Kupat Ha’ir: Receive a special blessing from the Gadol Hatorah on Shavuot “Supporters of the Torah: Be blessed by the Gadol HaTorah, at the time of the Giving of the Torah!” Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, the distinguished Torah scholar, […]

'Why bring children to a church on the eve of Shavuot?'

‘Why bring children to a church on the eve of Shavuot?’

‘Why bring children to a church on the eve of Shavuot?’ Children : Yad L’Achim demands change in Education Ministry policy after 5th grade class taken to church to learn story of Ruth the Moabite. The Yad L’Achim organization appealed to Education Minister Naftali Bennett to prohibit the education system from holding meetings between Jewish […]

Religion and tradition are ruining the IDF'

‘Religion and tradition are ruining the IDF’

‘Religion and tradition are ruining the IDF’ Religion : Former IDF Chief Education Officer responds to Arutz Sheva exposé on IDF prohibition against teaching that Jerusalem was ‘liberated.’ General in the Reserves Nehemia Dagan, who formerly served as the head officer of the IDF’s education corps, responded this morning to Arutz Sheva’s exposé that the […]

This Vatican adviser is moving Catholics toward LGBT inclusion

This Vatican adviser is moving Catholics toward LGBT inclusion

This Vatican adviser is moving Catholics toward LGBT inclusion Vatican  : In 1992, the Vatican under Pope John Paul II published the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which stated, among many other things, that “homosexual tendencies” are “objectively disordered.” One of the principal theologians who shaped the document was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who would succeed John Paul II as Pope […]

Ramadan

Before Ramadan, food shortages challenge East African Muslims

Before Ramadan, food shortages challenge East African Muslims Activity around the Jamia Mosque in Nairobi, Kenya, on May 5, 2015. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons/Rusliko Ramadan : NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) The usual excitement that builds toward Ramadan has been tempered this year as food shortages and skyrocketing prices threaten to mar observance of the holy month […]

Top 10 Organized Religions and their Core Beliefs

Top 10 Organized Religions and their Core Beliefs

Top 10 Organized Religions and their Core Beliefs This list is Sourced from the Encylopaedia Britannica, Wikipedia, Beliefnet, and Adherents.com (a collection of 43,870 adherent statistics and religious geography citations). The list is based on number of members. For a complete list (which also includes atheism and agnosticism, see the Wikipedia article or the Encylopaedia […]

Hinduism and Religious Tolerance: Part One

Hinduism and Religious Tolerance: Part One

Hinduism and Religious Tolerance: Part One Hinduism Among all religions of the world, Hindu religion is considered as an ancient religion that is recognized as foundation of civilization. Hindu Dharma is a righteous way of life based on accumulated wisdom of great sages, Vedas, Upanishads and Agamas. Various basic concepts like Dharma, Karma, Ahimsa, Rebirth, Moksha […]

Another African-American church in South Carolina caught fire

Another African-American church in South Carolina caught fire

Another African-American church in South Carolina caught fire Another : An African-American church in South Carolina that was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995 caught fire again Tuesday night, though authorities said it was too soon to say what caused the latest blaze, which broke out on a night of frequent storms. No one was […]

The Age of Main Street Banking

The Age of Main Street Banking

The Age of Main Street Banking In the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, nearly all Nebraska communities had at least one bank. It was a necessity in an era much less mobile than our own. In order to convince the public of their stability and trustworthiness, these financial institutions turned to architecture to convey […]

Should people keep their religious beliefs private?

Should people keep their religious beliefs private?

Should people keep their religious beliefs private? According to Eurobarometer, 77% of EU citizens consider themselves to be religious. Catholics are by far the largest religious group in the EU, accounting for 48% of all Europeans, while Protestants make up 12% and Eastern Orthodox Christians make up 8%. Taken together, agnostics and atheists account for […]

Persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia intensifies and targets children

Persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia intensifies and targets children

Persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia intensifies and targets children A house where Jehovah’s Witnesses prayed in Zheshart, in northwest Russia, was destroyed by arson. The Witnesses say a Molotov cocktail was found at the site. Photo courtesy of Jehovah’s Witnesses Persecution : Teachers have humiliated Jehovah’s Witness children in front of their classmates. Arsonists […]

This Is Where Intolerance Is Highest on Religion, Culture, Race

This Is Where Intolerance Is Highest on Religion, Culture, Race

This Is Where Intolerance Is Highest on Religion, Culture, Race At a time when media headlines point to a spike in global intolerance, here’s some good news: most people around the world don’t say they believe any single race, religion or culture is better than another. That was the finding of a multi-nation WIN/Gallup International […]

Trump and Francis: Détente, not armistice

Trump and Francis: Détente not armistice

Trump and Francis: Détente not armistice Trump : ROME (RNS) No matter what their theological inclinations are, Donald Trump’s supporters should be happy with the modern reforms in the Vatican: Until a few decades ago a pope would have never received in an audience a twice-divorced, thrice-married head of state accompanied by a daughter who […]

White House Acts to Roll Back Birth-Control Mandate for Religious Employers

White House Acts to Roll Back Birth-Control Mandate for Religious Employers

White House Acts to Roll Back Birth-Control Mandate for Religious Employers    that many religious employers provide birth control coverage in health insurance plans. The mandate for free contraceptive coverage was one of the most hotly contested Obama administration policies adopted under the Affordable Care Act, and it generated scores of lawsuits by employers that […]

Hindus And Sikhs In This Punjab Village Join Hands To Build A Mosque As A Ramzan Gift

Hindus And Sikhs In This Punjab Village Join Hands To Build A Mosque As A Ramzan Gift

Hindus And Sikhs In This Punjab Village Join Hands To Build A Mosque As A Ramzan Gift It’s an ideal present that members of the Muslim community could hope to get, ahead of the holy month of Ramzan in their village. They will no longer have to travel to nearby villages to offer ‘namaz’. Setting […]

Easter: Quarter of UK Christians do not believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, survey reveals

Easter: Quarter of UK Christians do not believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, survey reveals

Easter: Quarter of UK Christians do not believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, survey reveals   Christians : And more than a tenth of ‘active’ believers say they do not think there is life after death Nearly a quarter of UK Christians do not believe Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead, a survey […]

Religious countries likely to perform worse in science and maths, study finds

Religious countries likely to perform worse in science and maths, study finds

Religious countries likely to perform worse in science and maths, study finds Research also finds women generally more religious than men Students in religious countries are likely to perform worse in science and maths than their more agnostic or atheist counterparts, new research has found. “Countries that are more religious score lower in educational performance,” the […]

Ramadan 2017: Five ways to show solidarity and respect to people observing the Islamic holy monthmosque.jpg

Ramadan 2017: Five ways to show solidarity and respect to people observing the Islamic holy month

Ramadan 2017: Five ways to show solidarity and respect to people observing the Islamic holy month Ramadan : The month is of huge importance across the Islamic world as a chance to show reverence to Allah and escape from the pace of everyday life Ramadan is a special month in the Islamic calendar when practising Muslims […]

Coptic Christians accuse Egyptian government of failing to protect them

Coptic Christians accuse Egyptian government of failing to protect them

Coptic Christians accuse Egyptian government of failing to protect them  Relatives of people killed in attack on bus convoy say state of emergency in country has been undermined Egypt’s Coptic Christians have accused the government of failing to protect them in the wake of an attack claimed by Islamic State on a bus convoy that […]

Furious China BANS Christian church for ‘collaborating with South Korea’

Furious China BANS Christian church for ‘collaborating with South Korea’

Furious China BANS Christian church for ‘collaborating with South Korea’ Furious : CHINA has banned a church and accused religious leaders of collaborating with South Korea as the communist regime’s crackdown on Christianity continues. China has banned a church and accused religious leaders of collaborating with South Korea Authorities have accused the River of Life […]

Ramadan 2017: What is Ramadan? When does it start and end, why do Muslims fast?

Ramadan 2017: What is Ramadan? When does it start and end, why do Muslims fast?

Ramadan 2017: What is Ramadan? When does it start and end, why do Muslims fast? RAMADAN is the holiest month of the Islamic calendar and a period of fasting for any of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims. Here is everything you need to know about Ramadan 2017 dates, fasting and more. What is Ramadan? Ramadan […]

Francis

Pope Francis gives President Trump some homework at their first meeting

Pope Francis gives President Trump some homework at their first meeting Francis : VATICAN CITY (RNS) Donald Trump is known as a climate change skeptic with a short attention span who has said he doesn’t have time to read books. But Pope Francis is a man of faith who lives in hope, and during the […]

Russia's Crackdown on Religious Minorities: Religious Liberty for All God's Children

Russia’s Crackdown on Religious Minorities: Religious Liberty for All God’s Children

Russia’s Crackdown on Religious Minorities: Religious Liberty for All God’s Children   Crackdown  : After eight years of seeming neglect, it appears that protecting religious liberty is back on the nation’s agenda. Now folks can debate the strengths and weaknesses of President Trump’s new executive order, but at long last America’s first freedom is getting […]

Reader voices: No matter the religion, peacemakers are children of God

Reader voices: No matter the religion, peacemakers are children of God

Reader voices: No matter the religion, peacemakers are children of God Reader : Growing up as a Chinese Buddhist in Taipei, Taiwan, my mother took me to the Buddhist temple regularly to worship and pray. As a young boy learning the teachings of the Buddhist faith, I understood that we needed to have high morals […]

Chinese Turn To Religion To Fill A Spiritual Vacuum

Chinese Turn To Religion To Fill A Spiritual Vacuum

Chinese Turn To Religion To Fill A Spiritual Vacuum Believers of the folk goddess Mazu on Meizhou Island off China’s southeast coast carry a statue of her to the main square during a celebration of her 1,050th birthday. The goddess is believed to protect fishermen at sea and help the poor, and her popularity is […]

Atheist China could have largest number of Christians in the world by 2030

Atheist China could have largest number of Christians in the world by 2030

Atheist China could have largest number of Christians in the world by 2030 Atheist : According to an estimate sharply criticised by Beijing, China could have the largest number of Christians in the world by 2030. The Amity Printing Company in Nanjing city in eastern China is the world’s largest producer of Bibles. Between 1987 […]

China, once officially atheist, now booming with religion

China, once officially atheist, now booming with religion

China, once officially atheist, now booming with religion DAVIS, Calif. (RNS) When Ian Johnson first went to China as a student three decades ago, he pronounced religion there “dead.” But Johnson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist now based in Berlin and Beijing, has witnessed a transformation, one he documents in “The Souls of China: The […]

Cairo bombing Sisi names suicide bomber as Coptic Christians protest

Cairo bombing Sisi names suicide bomber as Coptic Christians protest

Cairo bombing Sisi names suicide bomber as Coptic Christians protest Coptic pope attempts to heal sectarian frictions, saying attack was ‘a disaster for the whole nation’ bombing  : Mourners have paid their respects to the victims of Sunday’s attack on the seat of Coptic Christianity in Egypt, as the Coptic pope sought to heal sectarian […]

Pope to show solidarity with Egypt's Coptic Christians in wake of church bombings

Pope to show solidarity with Egypt’s Coptic Christians in wake of church bombings

Pope to show solidarity with Egypt’s Coptic Christians in wake of church bombings Solidarity : Coptic church head in UK welcomes Pope Francis’s visit to Cairo amid concerns over Isis attacks and perceived security failings Pope Francis will visit Egypt on 28-29 April. Photograph: Alessandra Benedetti/Corbis via Getty Images Harriet Sherwood Religion correspondent and Ruth […]

Jesus was on the side of the poor and exploited. Christian politicians should remember that

Jesus was on the side of the poor and exploited. Christian politicians should remember that

Jesus was on the side of the poor and exploited. Christian politicians should remember that In the church I grew up in it was culturally assumed that Christians would vote Liberal. Jesus wasn’t party-partisan, we knew, but on “family values” issues – sexuality, marriage, abortion, euthanasia, drugs – we were pretty sure his values aligned […]

Mentality of the Crusades’: Turkey and Pope Francis in row over Armenian genocide

Mentality of the Crusades’: Turkey and Pope Francis in row over Armenian genocide

Mentality of the Crusades’: Turkey and Pope Francis in row over Armenian genocide Mentality : Deputy prime minister Nurettin Canikli says the comments are ‘greatly unfortunate’ and there was no genocide Pope Francis and Catholicos Karekin II visit the Apostolic cathedral in Armenia’s second-largest city of Gyumri on 25 June 25. Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/AP Sunday […]