Christian leaders slam contest of blasphemous cartoons

Christian leaders slam contest of blasphemous cartoons

HYDERABAD: Leaders of Christian community have said that contest of blasphemous cartoons is aimed at creating hatred between Muslims and Christians and threatening world peace. They were speaking at a seminar on harmony which was organised by Diocese of Hyderabad, Church of Pakistan on Wednesday. Imran Joseph Gill and Nazeer Masih urged the United Nations and other international forums to take up the issue. They called for legislation on the issue and demanded the Netherlands government must remember that no religion could tolerate such things. Earlier, blasphemous cartoons were published…

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Putin Attacks Free Speech For His Friends at the Orthodox Church

Putin Attacks Free Speech For His Friends at the Orthodox Church

Putin Attacks Free Speech For His Friends at the Orthodox Church The on-going court case of blogger Viktor Krasnov, who wrote “There is no God” on VKontakte, the Russian equivalent of Facebook in 2014 highlights the religious turn the country has taken under President Vladimir Putin. Krasnov was taken from his apartment in Stavropol, and forced to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. During this month long detention, Krasnov was determined fit to stand trial. He charge was “insult[ing] the feelings” of religious believers under a controversial new law implemented by Putin…

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Orthodox Church debate over women deacons moves one step closer to reality

Orthodox Church debate over women deacons moves one step closer to reality

Orthodox Church debate over women deacons moves one step closer to reality Above every Greek Orthodox church’s altar, Theotokos, or Mary the Mother of Jesus, symbolically watches over the congregation. The figure, with arms outstretched, welcomes visitors and parishioners alike at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral near downtown Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons/Floyd B. Bariscale Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald was an 18-year-old theology student when a priest at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School in Brookline, Mass., thrust a book into her hands. To her surprise, it was…

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Religion News: Feb. 25, 2017

Your Religion News: Feb. 25, 2017

Religion News: Feb. 25, 2017  “The Way of the Cross,” coming March 17 to Our Lady of PeaceReligion : TURNERS FALLS — Our Lady of Peace Church says, “Make this Lent one to remember by joining us on Friday, March 17 at 7 p.m. for the Mystery Players from Immaculate Heart Central School in Watertown, N.Y., who will present “The Way of the Cross.” Since 1981, IHC seniorshave been bringing the stories of Jesus’ birth and death on the Cross during the Advent and Lenten seasons. Their performances combine an…

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By inviting enemies of Church, papal academies risk perfect storm

By inviting enemies of Church, papal academies risk perfect storm

By inviting enemies of Church, papal academies risk perfect storm The headquarters of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in the Casina Pio IV. (Credit: Stock image.) Two pontifical academies have invited Paul Erhlich, author of “The Population Bomb,” and John Bongaarts, an executive of the Population Council, to speak at an upcoming conference, risking not only a PR nightmare but also undercutting the vision of Pope Francis in ‘Laudato Si’.’ At the end of this month, Feb. 27 to March 1, the Pontifical Academy of Science (PAS) and the Pontifical…

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Philippines Church divided, subdued over drug killings

Philippines Church divided, subdued over drug killings

Philippines Church divided, subdued over drug killings Filipino Catholic devotees light candles and offer prayers after attending a mass at a National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Baclaran, Paranaque city, metro Manila, Philippines on Sept. 18, 2016. (Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco) Priests in Asia’s largest Catholic country have been taken aback by the ferocious war on drugs unleashed by the country’s popular president, Rodrigo Duterte, which has led to hundreds of deaths. When the Church tries to speak out, it is harshly criticized. MANILA – Catholic…

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Christmas miracle gives Fort Worth church much-needed new roof

Christmas miracle gives Fort Worth church much-needed new roof

Christmas miracle gives Fort Worth church much-needed new roof   Greater Progressive Church of God in Christ’s roof was replaced by the North Texas Association of Roofing Contractors, which volunteered on the project to replace the flat roof over the sanctuary and the roof for the rest of the building.Brandon Wade Special FORT WORTH For 57 years, the Rev. John Johnson and his small church on East Baltimore Boulevard have been assisting those in need. Over the years the building that houses the Greater Progressive Church of God in Christ…

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Is AI a Threat to Christianity?

Is AI a Threat to Christianity?

Is AI a Threat to Christianity? In his relatively short tenure, Pope Francis has been hard at work welcoming spiritual seekers into the Catholic Church. He’s refused to judge LGBT people, sought to integrate divorced couples, and extended priests’ ability to forgive abortion. But Francis’s wide arms have arguably never stretched further than a mass in 2014 when he suggested the church would baptize Martians.“If—for example—tomorrow an expedition of Martians came … and one says, ‘But I want to be baptized!’ What would happen?” Pope Francis asked. “When the Lord…

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Pope Francis: There is ‘no point’ going to church if you don’t really believe in it

Pope Francis: There is ‘no point’ going to church if you don’t really believe in it Pope speaks out against ‘Christian parrots’ who talk about religion but don’t do good deeds, and says forgiveness can be difficult but is necessary in all cases, including domestic violence Pope Francis has said there is “no point” in people going to church if they do not follow the teachings of the Bible in their daily lives. The head of the Catholic church took a stand against what he termed “Christian parrots”, who talk…

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Top cleric says Church of England risks becoming a ‘suburban sect’

Top cleric says Church of England risks becoming a ‘suburban sect’

Top cleric says Church of England risks becoming a ‘suburban sect’ Plans to reverse decline in congregations may alienate even more people, says Oxford dean Justin Welby wants management courses for bishops. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Saturday 13 August 2016 21.32 BSTLast modified on Saturday 13 August 2016 22.00 BST One of Britain’s senior theologians has warned that the Church of England is in danger of becoming a narrow sect “driven by mission-minded middle managers” who are alienating clergy, congregations and the general public. Martyn Percy, dean of Christ Church, Oxford, writes in…

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