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2017-10-30

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Onward Christian Soldiers dropped from local Remembrance Sunday service
Leicestershire vicar took decision to drop hymn out of respect for people of other faiths and cultures who gave their lives.
 
2017-10-30

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Marine Sergeant's Trial Over Recruit's Death Due This Week
A Marine Corps drill instructor is scheduled to face court-martial over charges he abused two Muslim recruits, one of whom leaped to his death last year after a reported altercation.
 
2017-10-27

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Advice to Wisconsin Priests on LGBTQ Funerals Is Criticized
A top aide to Bishop Robert Morlino has issued guidance to priests in the Catholic Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin, that critics say could limit the availability of funeral rites within the church for gay people.
 
2017-10-27

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Betsy DeVos’s Schedule Shows Focus on Religious and Nontraditional Schools
Her calendar is sprinkled with meetings with religious leaders, leading national advocates of vouchers and charter schools, and players involved in challenging state laws that limit the distribution of government funds to support religious or alternative schools.
 
2017-10-26

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Jane Flint: ‘Having an atheist chaplain is about patient choice’
The first non-religious pastoral carer in the NHS on why patients need someone to just be there – to hear their stories or bear witness to their pain, whatever their beliefs.
 
2017-10-26

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Sex Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against Catholic Diocese of Yakima
The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the lawsuit was filed Tuesday on behalf of a young man who says Rev. Gustavo Gomez Santos abused him at St. Juan Diego Catholic Church in Cowiche in 2012 when the alleged victim was 16 or 17 years old. The lawsuit claims the Diocese of Yakima knew or should have known that Gomez posed a danger but failed to prevent him from sexually abusing the plaintiff.
 
2017-10-26

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Clerical sex abuse disclosures skyrocket in pope’s Argentina
While Pope Francis struggles to make good on his “zero tolerance” pledge to fight clerical sex abuse worldwide, victims in his native Argentina are denouncing abuses in unprecedented numbers. An analysis by The Associated Press shows that the number of clerics publicly identified as alleged sexual abusers has increased dramatically in the last two years.
 
2017-10-25

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Pet goat 'killed for satanic ritual', owner says
The owner of a pet goat whose head was "hacked off" fears it was the victim of a satanic ritual. Disabled pygmy goat, Licorice, was found decapitated in her paddock in Tillington, Herefordshire last Tuesday. Her head has not been found.
 
2017-10-25

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I will return Saudi Arabia to moderate Islam, says crown prince
Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, has vowed to return the country to “moderate Islam” and asked for global support to transform the hardline kingdom into an open society that empowers citizens and lures investors.
 
2017-10-25

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Pakistan blogger Aasim Saeed says he was tortured
Whilst pressure was building on the Pakistani authorities to provide information about the whereabouts of the bloggers, a counter-campaign was begun by right-wing religious clerics and TV anchors accusing them of having committed blasphemy.
 
2017-10-25

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Most of world lacks real religious freedom, UN official says
Three-quarters of the world's people live in countries that either restrict the right to religion or belief or have "a high level of social hostility involving religion or belief," the U.N. special investigator on religious rights said Tuesday.
 
2017-10-23

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Buddhists protest to urge Myanmar not to repatriate Rohingya
Hundreds of hard-line Buddhists protested Sunday to urge Myanmar’s government not to repatriate the nearly 600,000 minority Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh since late August to escape violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
 
2017-10-23

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India says Myanmar must take back Rohingya Muslims
India's foreign minister told Bangladesh's government that Myanmar must take back Rohingya Muslims to resolve one of Asia's largest refugee crises in decades, the government said.
 
2017-10-23

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Guam's Catholic Church says clergy now free of sexual abusers
A lawsuit has also been filed in relation to abuse by a now defrocked priest in the 1990s - raising questions about whether abuse may have been occurring more recently. But the church says it has now taken steps to prevent abuses.
 
2017-10-18

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Kent school cuts ties with Christian group after parents' complaints
A primary school in Kent has cuts its ties with a Christian group after parents complained of religious extremism and claimed children had been distressed by comments about gay marriage and a demonstration of “God’s power” in assemblies.
 
2017-10-18

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Motion filed to unseal documents involving prior First Baptist Church sex abuse
A popular Columbia church is at the center of a lawsuit claiming sex abuse - again. The family of a teen filed a civil lawsuit in Richland County against First Baptist Church of Columbia accusing a former youth ministry volunteer of sex abuse last week.
 
2017-10-18

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Greece passes gender identity law amid church protest
A new gender identity law will likely improve the lives of transgender people in Greece. But before it was passed, Greek Orthodox clergymen railed against the bill, even threatening to excommunicate transgender people.
 
2017-10-18

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For the first time ever, most Americans say a person can be good without God
For the first time, a majority of Americans (56 percent) say it is possible to be a good person without a religious belief. So says new Pew Research Center data drawn from two polls conducted among about 5,000 American adults in June and July.
 
2017-10-18

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Quebec to vote on law forcing Muslim women to remove face veils on public transport
A new law proposed by the local government would ban any form of face covering for people offering and receiving public services in the province.
 
2017-10-12

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Catholic Church 'hiding behind the law' over historic abuse compensation claims
A man who was raped and beaten by priests and brothers as a 12-year-old says he felt like a beggar when he asked the Catholic Church for money to pay for medical bills for treatment of the mental and physical illness he suffered as a result of his abuse.
 
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