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Ambaradam is the name of this 1992 R80 by Leonardo Guarneri

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How does love survive clashing cultures and religions?

Shumon Ahsan had spent most of his life in rural Bangladesh as a social worker, occasionally working for overseas NGOs as a local fixer and regularly …

Yes, Catholics may vote for Bernie Sanders (COMMENTARY)

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(RNS) U.S. Catholics who identify as traditional or …

Bernie Sanders

American Sin: Why Pope Francis’ Mercy is Not Our Mercy

In The Name of God Is Mercy , Pope Francis’ new book, the pontiff does more riffing...

Pope Francis

NARAL tweets on Doritos Super Bowl ad: This is how abortion politics works - Corner of Church and State

Video courtesy of Doritos Baby via YouTube

Last night, NARAL Pro-choice America (NARAL) went on an “angry Superbowl tweetstorm” (to use Politico’s …

Abortion

Divisions emerge over Mark Driscoll's new church

The saga of Mars Hill and its aftermath is continuing to generate division in the evangelical Christian community as sharp differences emerged in …

Episcopal church leader calls Anglican censure 'fair'

WASHINGTON (RNS) Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is describing the recent censure of his church over allowing clergy to perform …

Vatican sex abuse commission ends turbulent meeting, cites progress

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican commission on clerical sexual abuse has wrapped up a turbulent week-long meeting during which one of two victims on …

A warm welcome at Woking’s Shah Jahan mosque

Your report “Mosques open doors for tours, talks and tea” (6 February) reminded me that when I was at school nearby decades ago I was told that the Shah Jahan mosque in Woking was our only mosque. Actually it was the only purpose-built one, built in 1889 by a Jew, Dr Gottlieb Wilhelm Leitner, for …

Isle of Man

How romance king Nicholas Sparks fell in love with faith - On Faith and Culture

Nicholas Sparks says his faith influences his life, work, and even his 11th feature film, “The Choice.” – Image courtesy of Nicholas Sparks

“The …

4 ways the atheist movement is failing (and how it can improve)

Too often, we've failed to acknowledge their own glaring blind spots. Here are a few suggestions as we move forward

Born in the shadow of September 11, the New Atheist movement took up the mission of pushing back against religious dogma and warning the world about the danger of unchecked …

Atheism

Franklin Graham Is the Worst Thing to Happen to God (and America) in a While

Franklin Graham, for whatever reason, seems like a guy convinced that the whole Inquisition thing was just a misunderstanding. Not that bad, really. If you’re going to make an omelet (at least one that keeps people from burning in hell), you’re going to need to break a few eggs. Amirite?

Look, I …

Franklin Graham

Cruz Abandons Jesus (In New Hampshire) - The Daily Beast

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Cruz Abandons Jesus (In New Hampshire)

Ted Cruz holy rolled his way into an Iowa victory. In New Hampshire—where few where their faith on their sleeve—not so much.

Manchester, N.H. — Ted Cruz is talking a lot less about Jesus.

The Texas senator spent …

Jesus

Will the One, True God Please Stand Up?

I wonder what good is our worship, the worship of Christians, because I wonder which God we are worshiping.

We are worshipers; we do, as a rule, go to church. Many of our churches are filled every Sunday. We sing the songs of Zion. We quote the scriptures. Some of us speak in tongues, We celebrate …

Christianity

Pope Francis: Angela Merkel got angry when I called Europe 'a barren woman'

Pope Francis has revealed that he received an angry phone call from Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany after he compared Europe to a “barren woman”.

In a speech to the European parliament in November 2014 the pope delivered a withering attack on a “haggard” Europe which he said was “now a …

Europe

American Sikh actor Waris Ahluwalia barred from US-bound flight over turban row

A Indian-American actor and designer has been barred from boarding an Aeromexico flight from Mexico City to New York because he refused to remove his turban.

“This morning in Mexico City I was told I could not board my @aeromexico flight to NYC because of my turban,” Waris Ahluwalia wrote on his …

Flying

U.S. Catholic-Muslim dialogue launched, Chicago Archbishop Cupich to co-chair

(RNS) The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced Monday (Feb. 8) that it was starting a new National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue group, an …

Child abuse claims: why due process and a fair hearing matter

It looks as if the Metropolitan police commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, is edging towards an apology to Field Marshall Lord Bramall, 92, over unfounded allegations of child sex abuse and that some kind of further apology is coming to the family of the late Leon Brittan. It’s too late to do him …

Charles Moore

The Slingshot: Obama exclusive, Wheaton-Hawkins parting, and Wendell Berry's gift

Need to know: 02/08/2016

RNS Exclusive

Obama: Religious freedom keeps us strong

In a commentary, the president argues that America must protect the …

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Deep Creek Cycleworks R1200R

Reporting on what’s new in the custom bike scene and sharing that with a pretty huge audience is a privilege and rewarding in it’s own right, but …

Ducati

This gorgeous Honda 125 'Bishop' by Bandit9 Bikes needs a new home as the owner is emigrating. Do the man a favour and chew his arm off - For Sale - www.thebikeshed.cc/classifieds/details/323

NASA bans the word 'Jesus'

The name of Jesus is not welcome in the Johnson Space Center newsletter, according to a complaint filed on behalf of a group of Christians who work for NASA.

The JSC Praise & Worship Club was directed by NASA attorneys to refrain from using the name ‘Jesus’ in club announcements that appeared in a …

Moon Missions

How Would Jesus Read the Difficult Verses of the Qur'an?

Recently, a teenage Muslim in Pakistan cut off his own hand because he believed it caused him to commit blasphemy.

At the local mosque, the imam asked for a show of hands of those who do NOT love the Prophet Muhammad. It was a rhetorical question. The 15-year-old, Anwar Ali, mistakenly thought the …

Jesus

Celebrity Sikh Actor Barred From Boarding Aero Mexico Flight To New York Because Of His Turban

Sikh American actor, model, and jewelry designer Waris Ahluwalia says he was barred from an Aero Mexico flight today because he refused to remove his …

Religion

Texas Governor Wants Christian Crosses On Cop Cars

In a brief sent to the state Attorney General’s office on February 5, Texas Governor Greg Abbott insisted that putting Christian crosses on police …

Georgia proposes 'blasphemy bill' to outlaw religious insults

Georgia is planning a “blasphemy bill” that will make religious irreverence punishable by law, prompting concerns about freedom of expression in the devoutly Orthodox Christian society.

Critics say the bill, which has been approved at committee stage and is headed for the parliamentary floor, could …

Religion

Chinese visit temples, fairs to ring in Year of the Monkey

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese flocked to temples and fairs to pray for good health and fortune on Monday, the first day of the Lunar New Year.

In Beijing, hundreds of thousands of people visited traditional fairs held in parks, as well as Buddhist and Taoist temples offering singing and dance performances …

Asia

Pebble Upgrades with Custom Message, Watch Faces and More

This applies to iOS, and Android users are given more freedom by adding further option along with custom text messages. This includes replying …

Batteries

Fit Pay Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Support Contactless Payments for Pebble Time Family of Smartwatches

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Fit Pay, Inc. today launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to support the final production and …