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2018-02-15

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Muslim leader urges Macron not to meddle too much in French Islam
A leading representative of French Muslims urged Emmanuel Macron not to meddle in the organization of France’s second-largest religion, days after the president said he would try to redefine relations between Islam and the state.
 
2018-02-13

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Hong Kong Catholics step up opposition to Vatican deal with Beijing
The Vatican and China have been moving toward an accord on the appointment of bishops in what would be a historic breakthrough and a precursor to a resumption in diplomatic relations after seven decades of estrangement. But the prospect of a deal has sparked stiff opposition from many in the global church, some of whom say the Vatican would be selling out Catholics who have remained faithful to the pope during years of persecution.
 
2018-02-11

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Catholics Have a Messaging Problem in China
As Christian religions lose ground across much of the Western world, China is one of the few countries where Christianity is experiencing stunning growth—from approximately 3.8 million adherents in 1956 to an estimated 87 million today. Knowing this, Christian leaders are participating in a kind of gold rush for Chinese faith. And the Protestants are winning.
 
2018-02-11

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Religious groups protest guilty verdicts in slaying of Pakistani student
The reaction has highlighted the growing nationwide fervor and confidence of Islamist forces who encourage violence against blasphemers and preach hatred of certain religious minorities.
 
2018-02-01

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Priest calls on Catholic Church to appoint more exorcists
The priest said the Catholic Church was “out of touch with reality” as they are sending “sufferers of possession” to psychologists instead of performing rituals.
 
2018-02-01

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Aceh requires Muslim air hostesses to wear hijab
The government in the Indonesian semi-autonomous territory of Aceh said Muslim female flight attendants, when flying into Aceh, must wear a hijab in accordance with the region's laws.
 
2018-02-01

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How Should Atheism Be Taught?
The endowment of the country’s first college chair for the study of the subject draws attention to the complexity of nonbelief in America today.
 
2018-02-01

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Anti-islam Politician Converted to Islam to Protest Gay Marriage and Moral Decay of Church
A member of the far-right, anti-Islam party Alternative for Germany (AFD) who resigned from the party after converting to Islam revealed Wednesday that he made the choice in protest of gay marriage and what he views as the “moral decline” of the Protestant church.
 
2018-01-30

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Malaysian court says both parents must consent on children's religion
A Malaysian court on Monday said the religion of a minor could only be decided with consent from both parents, a landmark ruling ending a near decade-old case that widened religious and racial divisions.
 
2018-01-29

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Satanic Temple adopts Arizona highway
They even use pitchforks to pick up trash — yes, pitchforks poking fun at what they say everyone gets wrong about them.
 
2018-01-29

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An Iranian woman detained after defiantly taking off her headscarf and holding it on a stick in Tehran has been freed, a human rights lawyer says.
A Muslim woman who led Friday prayers in a mosque for the first time defying the age-old customs is now facing the heat. Fundamentalists have threatened to eliminate Jamida, 34, a school teacher, who led Jumu’ah, the congregational prayer service of Muslims held every Friday, at a mosque in Wandoor in Malappuram district. According to them, she “defiled the religion”.
 
2018-01-29

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Iran frees woman who took off headscarf - lawyer
An Iranian woman detained after defiantly taking off her headscarf and holding it on a stick in Tehran has been freed, a human rights lawyer says.
 
2018-01-28

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LDS Church supports 'Dreamers' in news statement
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints expressed support Friday for "Dreamers" with the release of an official statement.
 
2018-01-28

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Hindu, Muslim rioting in northern India kills 1
The rioting erupted as members of some hard-line Hindu groups marched through a Muslim-dominated area of the small town. Police closed schools on Saturday and banned the assembly of more than five people in the town.
 
2018-01-28

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Chatham mother sues school district for allegedly trying to convert her son to Islam
A Chatham mother has filed a federal lawsuit against school officials saying they forced her son to watch Islamic conversion videos and ignored the study of Christianity and Judaism, according to court documents.
 
2018-01-28

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Chile court clears ex-Catholic bishop of sex crime charges
A Chilean appeals court has ratified the dismissal of sex crime charges against a former Roman Catholic bishop, a week after Pope Francis visited the Latin American nation. The court ruled Friday there wasn’t enough evidence against the Rev. Marco Antonio Ordenes Fernandez, who resigned as bishop of Iquique in 2012 while under Vatican investigation.
 
2018-01-28

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Female Pakistani Activist Pushes Back Against Blasphemy Charges
A female Pakistani rights activist has broken with tradition and set a precedent by seeking legal action against the person who accused her of violating the country’s anti-blasphemy laws.
 
2018-01-24

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Catholic deacon accused of murder by air injection in Belgium
A Catholic deacon accused of killing at least 10 people - including his own mother - has gone on trial in Belgium. Former nurse Ivo Poppe is suspected of killing his victims by injecting air into their blood, causing a fatal embolism.
 
2018-01-24

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Laguna Beach 'church' was really an illegal marijuana dispensary, police allege
Laguna Beach police this month shut down what they allege was a marijuana dispensary posing as a church, the department said Monday.
 
2018-01-24

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German far-right AfD politician resigns after converting to Islam
Arthur Wagner, a politician in the eastern state of Brandenburg, has become a Muslim. His Alternative for Germany (AfD) party entered the Bundestag last year following a populist, anti-Islam campaign.
 
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