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2017-07-03

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Teen jailed for plotting bomb attack at Elton John concert in London
A British teenager who planned to attack an Elton John concert in London on the fifteenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks was jailed for life on Monday...Syed used the internet to try and get weapons to use in a possible attack, and used social media to contact people he believed were like-minded supporters of Islamic State. In one message he wrote: "So after some damage with machine gun then do itishadi (martyrdom)... that's what im planning to do."
 
2017-07-03

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Jesus 'miracle church': Jewish extremist found guilty of arson
A Jewish extremist has been convicted of setting fire to a church in Israel which Christians believe is built at the site of one of Jesus' miracles..."Idols will be cast out or destroyed" was found written in Hebrew on the walls.
 
2017-07-02

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Pope Francis Ousts Powerful Conservative Cardinal
The dismissal comes right after Francis granted a leave of absence to an ideological ally of Cardinal Müller’s who is facing trial in Australia on charges of sexual assault. Taken together, the departure of two archconservative powerhouses at the Vatican is a serious setback to critics of Francis.
 
2017-06-30

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Atheist activist to give invocation at Oskaloosa City Council
Pastors, priests, ministers and leaders of a spectrum of denominations have lead the invocation at Oskaloosa City Council meetings over the years. There has not been any record of an atheist filling that role, until now.
 
2017-06-29

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Thousands gather in India to protest attacks on Muslims
Carrying placards saying "Not in my name," the protesters decried the silence of the Hindu nationalist government in response to public lynchings and attacks on at least a dozen Muslim men and boys since it took power in 2014.
 
2017-06-29

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A Newly Discovered Manuscript and Its Lesson on Islam
In the manuscript library at the Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul, I recently discovered a manuscript that shows that Islam is always under revision—and that this revision occurred even within a single Islamic book, as its author considered and reconsidered his interpretations over decades of writing.
 
2017-06-29

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George Pell's charging and what it means for the Catholic Church in Australia
The investigation and charging of Cardinal George Pell has made headlines around the world because of his standing at the Vatican.
 
2017-06-29

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George Pell: We're in uncharted territory now police have charged the Cardinal
Health withstanding, it would be legally possible for [Pell] to remain in the Vatican, unless Pope Francis ordered him to return to Australia. Under the Catholic Church's international code of canon law, the Pope is the "supreme legislator", and is in charge of the Church, legally and spiritually, throughout the world. But there is no modern precedent for a pope ordering a cardinal to return and answer to a foreign legal jurisdiction.
 
2017-06-28

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Pastor to face trial in granddaughter’s faith healing death
The pastor of a fundamentalist congregation that eschews modern medicine will stand trial on a charge he should have alerted authorities when his 2-year-old granddaughter was dying of pneumonia last year, a judge ruled Wednesday.
 
2017-06-28

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Australian Police Charge a Top Vatican Cardinal With Sex Offenses
Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis' chief financial adviser and Australia's most senior Catholic, is the highest-ranking Vatican official to ever be charged in the church's long-running sexual abuse scandal.
 
2017-06-27

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Mali bishop pledges to make cardinal’s ceremony amid scandal
An ailing Mali archbishop facing allegations of financial impropriety assured the Vatican on Tuesday he plans to show up at St. Peter’s Basilica to be made a cardinal by Pope Francis...European media have speculated that Francis might not make Zerbo cardinal following reports that he and two other Mali bishops had opened Swiss bank accounts totaling 12 million euros ($13.5 million.)
 
2017-06-27

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Supreme Court rules for Missouri church in playground case
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that churches have the same right as other charitable groups to seek state money for new playground surfaces and other non-religious needs.
 
2017-06-27

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U.S. Top Court to Hear Baker's Religious Objection to Making Cake for Gay Couple
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide a major case on whether business owners can refuse to service gay couples if they oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds involving a Christian baker in Colorado who declined to make a wedding cake for two men.
 
2017-06-24

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Muslims on India train assaulted 'because they ate beef'
A man arrested in India for being part of a mob that attacked a group of four Muslim teenagers on a train has said on TV that he was goaded into it by others because Muslims ate beef.
 
2017-06-23

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Microphone cut after Mormon girl reveals she’s gay at church
A video of a young Mormon girl revealing to her congregation that she is lesbian and still loved by God — before her microphone is turned off by local church leaders — is sparking a new round of discussions about how the religion handles LGBT issues.
 
2017-06-23

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Turkish schools to stop teaching evolution, official says
Evolution will no longer be taught in Turkish schools, a senior education official has said, in a move likely to raise the ire of the country’s secular opposition. Alpaslan Durmuş, who chairs the board of education, said evolution was debatable, controversial and too complicated for students.
 
2017-06-23

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Archbishop Says Church of England Hid Decades of Sex Abuse
The Church of England "colluded" with and helped to hide the long-term sexual abuse of young men by one of its former bishops, the head of the church said Thursday.
 
2017-06-23

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Egypt's police kill seven in connection to violence against Christians
Egyptian police have killed seven people in connection to recent violence against Christians that included three church bombings and a shooting which left around 100 people dead, the Interior Ministry said on Thursday.
 
2017-06-23

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Germany condemns Turkish criticism of Berlin's new liberal mosque
The German government on Friday condemned Turkish criticism of a new liberal mosque in Berlin as interference in freedom of religion and opinion, adding further strain to an already fraught relationship.
 
2017-06-21

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Islamic State blows up historic Mosul mosque where it declared 'caliphate'
Islamic State militants on Wednesday blew up the Grand al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul and its famous leaning minaret, Iraq's military said in a statement, as Iraqi forces seeking to expel the group from the city closed in on the site.
 
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