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Most American Christians Believe They’re Victims of Discrimination

They say religious discrimination against Christians is as big a problem as discrimination against other groups.<p>Many, many Christians believe they are subject to religious discrimination in the United States. A new report from the Public Religion Research Institute and Brookings offers evidence: …

Religion

UN report: the UK's austerity policy breaches international human rights

The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has expressed "serious concerns" about growing inequality in the UK following six years of austerity policies under the current Conservative Government and the Coalition which preceded it.<p>Based on evidence provided by charities and campaign …

Controversy Follows Thailand's New Ranking In Human Trafficking Report

The U.S. State Department issued its annual Trafficking in Persons report on Thursday, and the big news is the status of Thailand.<p>Thailand is now on the "Tier 2 Watch List" for countries that do not meet the minimum U.S. standards for the elimination of trafficking, but are making significant …

Obama just made it much easier for the public to access government records | VICE News

Nearly a half-century to the day after President Lyndon B. Johnson reluctantly signed the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) into law, granting the public the right to access federal government records, President Barack Obama signed into law a historic FOIA reform bill that aims to make it easier …

Surveillance

Synod verdict: the Catholic Church is still Catholic

Liberals need to back-off and traditionalists can calm down. The Synod upheld Catholic doctrine and the future rests with orthodoxy<p>The Synod has concluded. Nothing of substance has changed. Catholic teaching remains the same. And that is as it should be. The terms of salvation do not alter …

Pope continues reform of Vatican bureaucracy with new department

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Thursday announced a new Vatican department on life and family issues, in his latest effort to streamline the central administration of the 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic Church.<p>Pope Francis blesses the faithful during his Wednesday general audience in …

Writer Says We Need Religion Because Science Can’t Answer Silly Questions

October 24, 2015 by Hemant Mehta<p>Last month, <b>Lawrence Krauss</b> wrote an article for the <i>New Yorker</i>‘s website about why all scientists should be “militant …

Vatican meeting reveals growing Catholic divide over divorce and homosexuality

During a major summit of the Roman Catholic hierarchy that will end this weekend, a senior conservative bishop took the floor inside the Vatican's assembly hall and promptly charged his liberal peers with doing the devil's work.<p>The three-week gathering, known as a synod, has erupted into a …

US, Russia, Saudi Arabia andTurkey discuss Syria transition

The United States, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Turkey put forward new ideas Friday to revive a failed push for a political transition in Syria that could end the country’s civil war, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday.<p>But they remained deeply divided over the future of Syrian President …

Gun and knives found in home of man shot dead by police in St Neots

Richard Davies died from gunshot wound to chest after police called to his home in Cambridgeshire on Wednesday over concerns for people inside<p>A gun and two knives were found at the home of a man shot dead by police on Wednesday, investigators have said.<p>The Independent Police Complaints Commission …

Michael Gove blocks open prison move for road rage killer Kenneth Noye

Justice secretary overrules parole board recommendation that would have allowed convicted killer to be back on streets within months<p>Justice secretary Michael Gove has rejected a ruling that would allow road rage killer Kenneth Noye to move to an open prison.<p>He has overruled the parole board …

Girl, 13, arrested over fatal Essex stabbing

A 13-year-old girl has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a man who was stabbed to death after he confronted a gang trying to break into his van.<p>Residents fought to save Darren Kelly, 42, from Basildon, Essex, after he staggered to a block of flats in Caister Drive at about 9.30pm on Tuesday …

The Gospel of Jesus' Wife can't be taken as gospel

Traditionalists and “Bible-believing Christians” can breathe a sigh of relief. Jesus, it turns out, probably didn’t have a wife after all. Or at …

3 ways to witness signs from God

During times of intense turmoil, you ask your God to help you cope. In your mind, you imagine certain resolutions. But when the outcomes are …

Faith

‘Woodlawn’ Tries To Give School Prayer Credit For 1970s School Desegregation

The most divisive and poisonous of the recent crop of “faith-based” movies are all based on the premise that Christians are under constant attack from bigoted non-believers. Christian folks just want to keep to themselves and believe in God, but the secular world won’t let them! The wildly …

A Catholic reads the Bible, week 21: Different names, same punishment

<b>(CNN) —</b> <i>This is week 21 of an ongoing series: A Catholic Reads the Bible</i><i>. Read</i> <i>Week One,</i> <i>Week Two</i> <i>and</i> <i>Week Three</i>.<p>In recent weeks in my Bible reading, I have had to go backwards to go forwards.<p>The story of King Uzziah in the Second Book of Chronicles got me thinking about faith. But I had this feeling …

Survey: Pope Francis' visit boosted religion in U.S.

Pope Francis' visit to the United States in September gave a boost to himself, the Catholic faith and religion in general, according to a new Knights …

Women Powerfully, Silently Walk Together For Peace At Parliament Of World's Religions

“Women bring different and vital agendas to the challenge of building peace.”<p>SALT LAKE CITY -- Voices fell quiet as hundreds of women of different faith traditions filed silently through the busy throngs at the Salt Palace Convention Center Friday on the opening day of the Parliament of the World’s …

A Time to Embrace: Why the Sexual and Reproductive Justice Movement Needs Religion

On October 20, 2015, the Religious Institute is releasing a new white paper, A Time to Embrace: Why the Sexual and Reproductive Justice Movement Needs Religion. Although mainline and progressive religious leaders played a central role in helping to legalize and increase access to contraception and …

Pope says Church needs more decentralisation, changes to papacy

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis called on Saturday for “healthy decentralisation” of power in the Roman Catholic Church, including changes in the papacy and greater decision-making authority for local bishops.<p>Pope Francis talks during a special audience to mark the 50th anniversary of Synod …

The Disturbing Rumors About the New York "Cult" Where Two Parents Allegedly Murdered Their Son

This week, Bruce and Deborah Leonard were charged with allegedly beating their son to death inside the Word of Life Christian Church in Chadwicks, …

German pro-refugee candidate stabbed, wins election

<b>(CNN) —</b> A man who said he disapproved of her liberal stance on refugees stabbed her in the neck a day before voters went to the polls.<p>But that didn't stop German mayoral candidate Henriette Reker from winning Sunday's election. The independent candidate, who's expected to make a full recovery, is …

Angela Merkel

Christianity was the only way out, says North Korean defector

Joseph Kim revered the Great Leader as a child, but on arriving in China he realised that if he embraced Jesus missionaries would help him escape<p>The first time Joseph Kim heard the words “Christian” and “church”, he had no idea what they meant. He had never seen a church and Christianity was as …

North Korea

Refugee rape victim says Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is telling lies about abortion

An injunction by her lawyer, George Newhouse, to prevent her deportation failed because Abyan was already out of the country.<p>In a statement released …

Australia

Jews are being killed simply for being Jews

The murders of Israelis on a bus yesterday continue decades of violence by Arabs against the innocent<p>On Tuesday, several Israelis were shot and stabbed on a bus in Jerusalem, with three confirmed dead. Many others were left in a critical condition. When such horrific events occur, it is natural to …

'It can't get any worse than being gay in Syria today'

Other men accused of being gay, who have been abducted in the night by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's agents, describe being placed, helpless and …

Stop the Violence in Israel/Palestine

As we watch in horror as violence in Israel and Palestine escalates and there continues to be needless and senseless killings, we offer a prayer of love, compassion and strength.<p>May Israelis and Palestinians find the love that resides deep in their hearts and pulses through all of us, the love that …

The Attack on the Pope is Proof of the Anti-Francis Movement's Carelessness and Extremism

Read on HuffPost Italy<p>The letter sent to Pope Francis by a group of cardinals on Monday, October 12 should be seen for what it is. It is not a question of the substance or method of the work of the Synod, but an attack on the legitimacy of the direction Pope Francis is taking the Church, and …

Pope Francis

The Christian Left -- Possibly the Most Interesting Group You've Never Heard Of

According to a Pew Forum study, 70 percent of Americans still identify as Christian. And, when you think of the politics of Christianity, you would pretty much be forgiven if you lumped all Christians into the bucket marked "Conservative." However, that would discount a small-ish group of …

Faith