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2018-09-18

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Mormon says he was excommunicated for accusing church leaders of inappropriate sexual questions
A Mormon who led a campaign criticizing the church’s practice of allowing closed-door, one-on-one interviews of youth by lay leaders that sometimes included sexual questions has been kicked out of the faith following a disciplinary hearing.
 
2018-09-18

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“You have given me ammunition,” the Dalai Lama tells Buddhist abuse victims
The Dalai Lama admitted in an interview on Dutch public television on Sept. 15 that he’s been aware of accusations of sexual abuse by Buddhist teachers for decades. Still, he thanked victims he met with on Sept. 14 in the Netherlands for coming forward and encouraged others to speak out.
 
2018-09-18

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Most Western Europeans favor at least some restrictions on Muslim women’s religious clothing
The prevailing view (a regional median of 50%) is that Muslim women should be allowed to wear religious clothing as long as it does not cover their face. Fewer (regional median of 23%) say Muslim women should not be allowed to wear any religious clothing.
 
2018-09-12

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Pope Calls Meeting of World’s Bishops on Sexual Abuse of Children
Pope Francis has summoned to Rome bishops from around the world for an unprecedented meeting focused on protecting minors, the Vatican announced on Wednesday, as the pontiff wrestles with a global clerical sexual abuse crisis and explosive accusations of a cover-up that have shaken his papacy and the entire Roman Catholic Church.
 
2018-09-04

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Suspect in Stabbing of Americans Believes Dutch Insult Islam
An Afghan asylum-seeker accused of stabbing two Americans in Amsterdam believes that Islam is insulted in the Netherlands, Dutch prosecutors said Monday, giving the first indication of why they think a "terrorist motive" was behind the attack.
 
2018-09-04

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Woman to Chandler LDS church: Stop covering for 'sexual predator'
A woman who sued a former Mormon missionary leader claiming that he raped her in the 1980s went to his church in Arizona on Sunday and told his congregation that church leaders are covering for a "sexual predator."
 
2018-08-28

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Letter Accusing Pope Inflames American Catholic Church
In a remarkable break from the usual decorum among the bishops, American Catholic leaders are in open conflict over the explosive allegations from a former Vatican diplomat that Pope Francis knew about, and ignored, accusations of sexual abuse against a now-disgraced American cleric.
 
2018-08-28

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Vatican Power Struggle Bursts Into Open as Conservatives Pounce
Vatican intrigues and power struggles are nothing new, but they usually remain within the medieval walls or fly over the heads of the Catholic faithful around the globe. This battle, however, is being waged in an exceptionally open and brutal manner.
 
2018-08-20

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Pope Francis condemns child sex abuse and Church cover-ups
The Vatican says it is the first time a Pope has addressed a letter to the entire Catholic population on the topic of sex abuse. In Monday's 2,000-word letter he addresses the US scandal directly and acknowledges the Church's role in failing to act sooner.
 
2018-08-18

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Satanic Temple Unveils Baphomet Statue at Arkansas Capitol
The Satanic Temple has unveiled its statue of a goat-headed, winged creature called Baphomet in a rally at the Arkansas State Capitol to protest a Ten Commandments monument already on the Capitol grounds.
 
2018-08-18

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Mormon church leader wants people to stop using "Mormon"
The faith has the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir, recently made a documentary about its members called "Meet the Mormons" and uses "Mormon" in its official website addresses. But on Thursday Mormon church President Russell M. Nelson said he wants people to stop using "Mormon" or "LDS" as substitutes for the full name of the religion: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
 
2018-08-18

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What Allows Sex Abuse To Proliferate Within The Catholic Church
Following revelations of widespread abuse by Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania, NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Mark Jordan, a professor at Harvard Divinity School, about the secrecy and internal machinations of the church that allow abuse to proliferate.
 
2018-08-18

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US says number of Muslim minorities in Chinese internment camps may be 'in the millions'
The U.S. is expressing alarm that China may be detaining "millions" of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in a "worsening crackdown" in the country's inaccessible western region Xinjiang.
 
2018-08-16

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‘There Are No Girls Left’: Syria’s Christian Villages Hollowed Out by ISIS
The number of Christians across the Middle East has been declining for decades as persecution and poverty have led to widespread migration ... In this area of Syria, the exodus has been swift.
 
2018-08-15

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Catholic Priests Abused 1,000 Children in Pennsylvania, Report Says
Bishops and other leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania covered up child sexual abuse by more than 300 priests over a period of 70 years, persuading victims not to report the abuse and law enforcement not to investigate it, according to a searing report issued by a grand jury on Tuesday.
 
2018-07-28

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‘Even monks get impatient’: Buddhist priest sorry for anger at tourist reviews
Daniel Kimura hit the news this week with his withering comebacks to tourists complaining that food at a temple guesthouse was not up to scratch
 
2018-07-28

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Chile’s Catholic church faces new charges of sexual abuse
On July 12th Óscar Muñoz, the former chancellor of the Archdiocese of Santiago, Chile’s capital, was arrested on charges of abusing seven children since 2002. Father Muñoz, who had confessed his guilt to church officials in one case in January, was in charge of maintaining archives of clerical-abuse investigations and took testimony from victims in other cases.
 
2018-07-28

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Pakistan elects first non-Muslim in modern history to general national assembly seat
Pakistan has elected a non-Muslim to a general seat in the national assembly for the first time in its recent history, even as the victory of ex-cricketer Imran Khan raises some concerns among minority communities.
 
2018-07-28

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Duterte OKs bill creating Muslim autonomous region in south
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed legislation creating a new Muslim autonomous region aimed at settling nearly half a century of Muslim unrest in the south, where troops crushed an attempt last year by Islamic State group-linked militants to turn a city into a stronghold.
 
2018-07-28

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court approves release of 900-page grand jury report about Catholic clergy sex abuse
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Friday that a landmark 900-page grand jury report about child sex abuse by Catholic clergy should be released as soon as Aug. 8 — but with some of the 300 predators’ names temporarily redacted.
 
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