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2017-07-26

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Paul Shanley, notorious priest in Catholic sex abuse scandal, to be released this week
Paul R. Shanley , a former “street priest” who became one of the most notorious figures in the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandal, is set to be released from prison as early as this week after serving 12 years behind bars for raping a Sunday school student in the early 1980s.
 
2017-07-26

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Brazilians funneled as "slaves" by US church, ex-members say
An Associated Press investigation has found that Word of Faith Fellowship used its two church branches in Brazil to siphon a steady flow of young laborers who came on tourist and student visas to its 35-acre compound in rural Spindale. The Brazilians often spoke little English when they arrived and many had their passports seized.
 
2017-07-26

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Station cancels event with famous atheist, citing 'abusive speech' on Islam
A public radio station in Berkeley, California, canceled a fundraiser and discussion with Richard Dawkins, the scientist, author and outspoken atheist, calling his comments on Islam "abusive speech"... Dawkins, in response, accused the radio station of not checking its facts or contacting him about the cancellation.
 
2017-07-24

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Israel to replace metal detectors in Jerusalem with smart surveillance
Israel decided on Tuesday to remove metal detectors it had placed at the entrance to a holy site in Jerusalem's Old City and replace them with smart, less obtrusive surveillance means, a Cabinet statement said.
 
2017-07-24

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Winston Blackmore and James Oler found guilty of polygamy
Two Canadian religious leaders have been found guilty of practicing polygamy by the Supreme Court of British Columbia (BC)...Each face up to five years in prison. The landmark ruling is considered a test of the boundaries of religious freedom in Canada.
 
2017-07-24

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Half of councils hold Christian prayers before meetings
Christian prayers are still held before meetings at half of Welsh councils, despite efforts to scrap them. Five councils do not have them, but 13 pray before the formal start so it is not classed as an agenda item. The National Secular Society (NSS) said councils "shouldn't be clubs for Christians" but the Church in Wales said prayer or reflection "could be hugely beneficial".
 
2017-07-24

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Israel Installs Cameras at Holy Site Amid Flaring Tensions With Muslim Worshipers
Israel installed security cameras Sunday at the entrance to a sensitive Jerusalem holy site as officials began indicating that they were considering "alternatives" to the metal detectors at the contested shrine that set off a weekend of violence and raised tensions in the region.
 
2017-07-18

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547 members of Catholic boys' choir abused, report finds
At least 547 members of a prestigious Catholic boys' choir in Germany were physically or sexually abused between 1945 and 1992, according to a report released Tuesday.
 
2017-07-18

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Philippine leader to expedite bill for self-rule in Muslim region
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed on Monday to fast-track new legislation for autonomy in the country's most volatile region, advancing a protracted process to end decades of rebellion and thwart rising Islamist militancy.
 
2017-07-16

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Christian Teenager Detained in Pakistan for Blasphemy
Pakistani police say a Christian teenager has been detained on blasphemy charges for allegedly using derogatory remarks against Islam's prophet Muhammad.
 
2017-07-16

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They don’t believe in God. So they founded a community center in Denver for non-believers.
Denver’s Secular Hub unites non-believers in what one calls an “atheist church.”
 
2017-07-13

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Pakistan’s secret atheists
Being an atheist in Pakistan can be life-threatening. But behind closed doors, non-believers are getting together to support one another. How do they survive in a nation where blasphemy carries a death sentence?
 
2017-07-10

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More than 60 Muslim leaders are touring Europe to protest against terror
Imams from countries including France, Belgium, Britain and Tunisia were joined by representatives of other religious communities at the spot where French policeman Xavier Jugelé was shot dead in April.
 
2017-07-10

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Church of England votes to explore transgender services
The Church of England's governing body has voted to look into special services for transgender people. Supporters of the services said the Church should offer a welcome to people to mark their transition. Others have suggested the services would be counter to parts of the Bible that state that humans are created as either male or female.
 
2017-07-10

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The Vatican Says Gluten-Free Wafers Can't Be Used for Communion
The Roman Catholic Church will not allow its congregations to be given gluten-free wafers (called hosts), or bread, for celebrating the Eucharist during Mass, according to its latest directive at the behest of Pope Francis.
 
2017-07-07

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Malaysia, Indonesia Muslim groups call for Starbucks boycott
Muslim groups in Malaysia and Indonesia have called for a boycott of Starbucks because of the coffee chain's support for LGBT rights.
 
2017-07-07

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Sri Lanka Leader Pledges to Consult Buddhist Leaders Over New Constitution
The 1977 constitution, which experts say has given more power to the federal government, is blamed for the civil war which killed more than 100,000 people ... But the island nation's Buddhist leaders are opposed to introducing a new constitution, for fear it may reduce their influence among the population of 21 million, about 70 percent of whom are Buddhist.
 
2017-07-07

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Christian-owned Hobby Lobby accused of hypocrisy after being fined for role in smuggling case
The Oklahoma City-based business agreed to pay a $3 million fine Wednesday over its role in what federal prosecutors said was the smuggling into the U.S. of ancient clay tablets, seals and other Iraqi archaeological objects that might have been looted from the war-torn country.
 
2017-07-07

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Hindu leader seeks Diwali holiday for Tennessee school districts
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed is asking Tennessee school districts to recognize the religion's most popular festival, Diwali, as an official holiday.
 
2017-07-04

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Israel Faces Uproar Abroad as Netanyahu Yields to Ultra-Orthodox Jews
Jews around the world have been in an uproar in the week since Mr. Netanyahu yielded to pressure from his ultra-Orthodox coalition partners and suspended a plan to provide a better space for non-Orthodox men and women to worship together at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
 
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