Australians ditch religion at rapid rate, becoming more diverse

Australians ditch religion at rapid rate, becoming more diverse

Australians ditch religion at rapid rate, becoming more diverse Australians : Australia is becoming older and more diverse — both culturally and religiously — according to new datafrom the country’s census. While the first census in 1911 found the average Australian was a 24-year-old man, last year the typical Aussie was a married 38-year-old woman, who lives in a three-bedroom house, with two kids and two cars. The census, which is conducted every five years, found that Asians now make up the largest percentage of the overseas-born population, jumping from in 2011 — 32.9%…

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Pope sends video message of peace ahead of Fatima visit

Pope sends video message of peace ahead of Fatima visit Pope : VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis has sent a video message to the people of Portugal ahead of his visit to Fatima to mark the 100th anniversary of the Virgin Mary’s reported apparitions to three young shepherds. Speaking in Portuguese, the pope defined his two-day official visit to the Catholic shrine May 12-13 as a “pilgrimage of hope and peace” and apologized for not seeing more of the country. RELATED: The ’Splainer: Who is Our Lady of Fatima and…

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The Mysteries of the Teacher

The Mysteries of the Teacher

The Mysteries of the Teacher Mysteries Mysteries : Ten hours into my first trip to Russia I catch an express train back to the airport. It’s August in Moscow so I’m sweating in a particularly gross and unfamiliar way, as I have since my arrival, and I’m running late. If I miss my flight, I probably won’t make it to Petropavlovka in time for the Holiday of Good Fruits, or speak with a Siberian man who looks like Jesus and believes his is the Word of God. I buy a…

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Novel new religions find followers among Russia’s disillusioned

Novel new religions find followers among Russia's disillusioned

Novel new religions find followers among Russia’s disillusioned Novel : Priest Sergei Chevalkov lit a candle before a photo of Sergei Torop in Abode of Dawn in the Siberian region in Russia. (KEVIN SULLIVAN/WASHINGTON POST) By Kevin Sullivan, Washington Post  |  July 22, 2007 ABODE OF DAWN, Russia — Six miles from the nearest road, in the vast Siberian wilderness, a bearded man in flowing white linen robes sat at his kitchen table and talked about his crucifixion at the hands of Pontius Pilate 2,000 years ago. In a voice…

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Sword Fight Erupts at Sikh Temple in India

Sword Fight Erupts at Sikh Temple in India

Sword Fight Erupts at Sikh Temple in India A violent sword fight broke out between two rival Sikh groups at India’s Golden Temple in Punjab today. According to local reports, up to 12 people were injured in the fighting that took place at the holiest shrine in the Sikh religion. Video footage shows dozens of Sikh men fighting and chasing each other with swords on the steps outside the shrine. https://youtu.be/ebd8EKG8_3w UNICEF invited India to a poo party. Read more here. The fighting was over who would be allowed to…

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Why are some Sikh women now wearing the turban?

Why are some Sikh women now wearing the turban?

Why are some Sikh women now wearing the turban? The turban is worn by millions of Sikhs – traditionally, mostly male ones. Now many Sikh women are donning it, too. Why? “Doing this has helped me stay grounded and focused on what my responsibilities are as a human being.” Devinder is in her early 40s. She’s a slender, tall British-Indian Sikh woman. She works as a teaching assistant at her local school in Ilford, north-east London. You can’t help but notice that she wears a turban, or what’s commonly known…

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Hum Sab Ek Hain – Well, really?

Hum Sab Ek Hain - Well, really?

Hum Sab Ek Hain – Well, really? As children, me and my brother used to collect a number of things – coins, bird feathers, wrestling cards, tattoos, even Pokemon tazos. We’d bug our Grandmother all day to give us ten rupees so that we could buy a packet of chips and find another Pokemon tazo in it. We treated these collections as our treasure, hiding it from our cousins whenever they showed up. And it was not just us, every child of our age was busy collecting these simple cheap…

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First Viking Temple in 1,000 Years Coming to Iceland

First Viking Temple in 1,000 Years Coming to Iceland

First Viking Temple in 1,000 Years Coming to Iceland A neo-pagan revival of the religion practiced by the Vikings has become one of Iceland’s fastest-growing faiths. Now, plans are under way to build the country’s first shrine to the ancient Norse gods since Iceland converted to Christianity more than a millennium ago. When the Vikings first settled in Iceland in the 9th century, they brought with them a deep devotion to a pantheon on Norse gods. Wooden carvings of deities such as Odin, Thor, Freyr and Frigg adorned their temples,…

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Exploring the Monotheistic Religions of the World

Exploring the Monotheistic Religions of the World

Exploring the Monotheistic Religions of the World Those who follow a monotheistic religion believe in the existence of a single god. This includes many of the well-known faiths including Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. In contrast, some believe in multiple gods and these are known as polytheistic religions. The gods of polytheistic religions cover an infinite diversity of personalities and spheres of influence, This is because they are viewed as limited in some way, either having formal areas in which they work or having particular and unique personalities and interests in…

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Naw-Ruz – The Baha’i and Zoroastrian New Year

Naw-Ruz - The Baha'i and Zoroastrian New Year

Naw-Ruz – The Baha’i and Zoroastrian New Year Naw-Ruz, also spelled Nowruz as well as other variants, is an ancient Persian holiday celebrating the new year. It is one of only two festivals mentioned by Zoroaster in the Avesta, the only holy Zoroastrian scriptures written by Zoroaster himself. It is celebrated as a holy day by two religions: Zoroastrianism and the Baha’i Faith. In addition, other Iranians (Persians) also commonly celebrate it as a secular holiday. SOLAR SIGNIFICANCE AND MESSAGES OF RENEWAL Naw-Ruz occurs on the spring equinox or on…

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