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2017-02-06

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4,444 victims: extent of abuse in Catholic church in Australia revealed
On Monday the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse released damning statistics on the scale of the crisis within the Catholic Church. The numbers confirm the extent of sexual predation already suggested by four years of royal commission hearings involving the church, which are now entering their final weeks.
 
2017-02-06

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Islamic Authority Rejects Egypt's Move to Reform Divorce
Egypt's top Islamic authority on Sunday rejected President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's suggestion that legislation be adopted to invalidate the practice of Muslim men verbally divorcing their wives.
 
2017-02-06

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Protest In Rienzi Surrounding Christian Flag
Last week, a Madison, Wisconsin group wrote a letter to the mayor of a small Northeast Mississippi town, threatening a lawsuit if a Christian flag wasn’t removed from a public building. On Saturday, the Rienzi community protested the flag’s removal.
 
2017-02-03

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Public school defends role in alleged cover up of abuse at Christian camps
Winchester College knew in 1982 about allegations of abuse at the camps but says it didn’t go to the police to save the victims further trauma.
 
2017-02-03

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Hindu cleric leads Wyoming Legislature in prayer for first time in history
Each day at the Wyoming Legislature begins in prayer. But usually the religious leaders wear collars. Friday was the first time that a Hindu cleric led prayers for the Wyoming Legislature.
 
2017-02-02

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Changing CVE to Focus on Islam Is Counterproductive, Critics Say
Civil rights advocates and Democrats in Congress are reacting angrily to reports that President Donald Trump wants to narrow the scope of a program established by the Obama administration to fight the roots of terrorism by instead singling out Islam.
 
2017-02-02

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Church 'could have done more' over John Smyth abuse claims
The Church of England should have done more to investigate allegations that young boys were abused by a former colleague of the archbishop of Canterbury, its top safeguarding official has said.
 
2017-02-02

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Trump vows to end prohibition on church political activity
President Donald Trump on Thursday vowed to free churches and other tax-exempt institutions of a 1954 U.S. law banning political activity, drawing fire from critics who accused him of rewarding his evangelical Christian supporters and turning houses of worship into political machines.
 
2017-02-02

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German Bishops Open Way to Communion for Divorced Catholics
Catholics in Germany who have divorced and remarried without receiving an annulment may receive communion on a case-by-case basis, the German bishops’ conference announced on Wednesday. The decision is a major acceleration of a more welcoming — but disputed — stance on family life adopted by the Vatican under Pope Francis.
 
2017-02-01

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Pagoda problems: the decline of Buddhism in Cambodia
As Cambodia modernises and sex and drug scandals rock the monkhood, the famed saffron robes no longer command the respect they once did.
 
2017-02-01

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Quebec media, politicians express regret over Islam rhetoric in wake of mosque attack
The massacre at a Quebec City mosque has provoked soul searching and regret in the province’s political and media class over their overheated rhetoric and frequent failure to draw a clear line between Islamist extremists and ordinary Muslims.
 
2017-02-01

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White House says President Trump doesn't share Bannon's views on Islam
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday that President Donald Trump doesn't share the opinions of his chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, when it comes to Islam.
 
2017-02-01

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On Gorsuch, it's evangelicals vs. atheists
Several days before President Donald Trump announced the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, he predicted that "evangelicals, Christians will love my pick." If early reaction holds, Trump's hunch rings true.
 
2017-01-31

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Building Zion: the controversial plan for a Mormon-inspired city in Vermont
A Mormon businessman is buying up land to build master-planned towns from scratch, inspired by church founder Joseph Smith’s idea for a ‘plat of Zion’ – so why does the church oppose it?
 
2017-01-31

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Norway’s Lutheran Church Embraces Same-Sex Marriage
Norway's Lutheran Church voted on Monday in favor of new ceremonial language that will allow its pastors to conduct same-sex marriages, bringing it into line with several other mainstream Protestant denominations abroad.
 
2017-01-31

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Austria to ban full-face veil in public places
Austria's ruling coalition has agreed to prohibit full-face veils in public spaces such as courts and schools. It is also considering a more general ban on state employees wearing the headscarf and other religious symbols.
 
2017-01-30

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Hafiz Saeed: Pakistan detains 26/11 Mumbai attacks suspect
Pakistani officials have ordered the detention of a firebrand cleric linked to the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks which killed 166 people. Hafiz Saeed - who led the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group and has a $10m (£5.8m) US bounty on his head - is under house arrest in Lahore.
 
2017-01-30

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Quebec mosque attack: Student Alexandre Bissonnette charged
Canadian police have charged a French-Canadian student over the fatal shooting of six Muslim worshippers at a mosque in Quebec...A man of Moroccan heritage who was also arrested after the attack, Mohamed Khadir, is now being treated as a witness.
 
2017-01-30

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New York Muslims Encouraged by Mass Support as Thousands Protest Trump's Immigration Ban
After thousands of people showed up at JFK Airport and in Lower Manhattan over the weekend to protest President Trump's ban on immigration from certain Muslim-majority countries, some New York Muslims say that they feel comforted by the widespread support.
 
2017-01-30

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Christian Leaders Denounce Trump’s Plan to Favor Christian Refugees
A broad array of clergy members has strongly denounced Mr. Trump’s order as discriminatory, misguided and inhumane. Outrage has also come from some of the evangelical, Roman Catholic and mainline Protestant leaders who represent the churches most active in trying to aid persecuted Christians.
 
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