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Rohingya Refugee Crisis in Bangladesh: Pictures

Burma

Why Evangelicals Believe They're the Most Persecuted Group in America

A recent Pew study found that white American Evangelical Christians think they experience more discrimination than Blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, …

Faith

Republicans and evangelicals think they’re victims and remain unmoved by real discrimination

The Public Religion Research Institute has compiled some of its recent polling to explain Americans’ views on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. In general, Americans of all races, ages, education levels and income groups are becoming more tolerant; the same is not true of Republicans, …

Equality

White Christians Are Now A Minority In The U.S.

A new study reveals major changes to the American religious landscape in recent decades.<p>Christian Americans proved to be a massive voting force in the 2016 presidential election, making up at least 75 percent of voters. Majorities of Protestants, Catholics and Mormons threw their support behind …

Atheism

Pope heads to former Colombia war zone to preach forgiveness

VILLAVICENCIO, Colombia (AP) — Pope Francis heads Friday into an area once besieged by leftist rebels to pray with victims of Colombia's long conflict and urge them to overcome their grief by forgiving their former assailants.<p>The highlight of his visit to the central city of Villavicencio is what …

Pope Francis

Why Do Christian Conservatives Back Trump?

Out next month: <i>Choosing Donald Trump: God, Anger, Hope, and Why Christian Conservatives Supported Him</i> by Stephen Mansfield.<p>“Perhaps the biggest …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump's policies worry Muslims at Hajj

Pilgrims say people are irritated, angry, and worried about US president's policies targeting Muslims.<p>American, Canadian and British pilgrims in Mecca this week for the annual Hajj say they are worried about the policies of US President Donald Trump targeting Muslims.<p>"People are irritated, angry, …

Islam

25 Texas Mosques Open Their Doors to Harvey Survivors

The Lone Star State hasn’t always been the most welcoming place to Muslims, but Texas members of the faith have looked beyond that to help Harvey’s victims.<p>While Joel Osteen needed the media to shame him into opening his megachurch for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, the Muslims in Texas didn’t …

Islam

Millions of Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha 2017

As two million Muslims wrap up the Hajj pilgrimage, many remember those suffering in conflicts around the world.<p>Millions of Muslims around the world are celebrating the Eid al-Adha holiday as some two million pilgrims carry out the final rites of the annual Hajj in Saudi Arabia.<p>Hundreds of …

Islam

Brazil court suspends mining on Amazon's Renca reserve

Federal court halts decree signed by President Temer allowing the Renca reserve to be scrapped for commercial use.<p>A Brazilian court has suspended a recent government decree that would open a huge Amazon reserve to commercial mining after the initial decision sparked outrage from environmentalists …

Michel Temer

Namibia's Himba people caught between traditions and modernity

<b>Having survived genocide by German troops in the 1900s, Namibia's Himba people are now facing a bigger threat to their way of life - encroaching modernity.</b><p>Little has changed in Omuhoro village for generations - people live off the land and are closed off from the rest of the world.<p>At day break, it …

Africa

“One Thousand Ministers March for Justice” (Raw)

Restoring Kabbalah to Mainstream Judaism

A new translation has made the Zohar—Jewish mysticism’s key work—accessible at last. Is that a good thing?<p>About 200 years ago, a Jewish scholar in Germany wrote a work called <i>Judaism in Its Main Streams</i> (or <i>Hauptstroemungen</i>, in German). In doing so, he created a new term, one that had never existed …

Spirituality

Pat Robertson’s Former Producer Is Sorry for His Role in Politicizing Religion

Decades ago, <b>Terry Heaton</b> was the right hand man for <b>Pat Robertson</b>. Heaton worked for <i>The 700 Club</i> and eventually became its executive producer… but …

Religion

Pope laments "persecutions" of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is decrying persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and praying they receive "full rights."<p>The pontiff said Sunday there was "sad news about the persecution of the religious minority of our Rohingya brothers."<p>Thousands of Rohingya are trying to flee into …

Christianity

The Catholic church becomes an impact investor

“YOU cannot serve both God and money,” admonishes the Bible. But the church has always tried. In the Middle Ages monasteries were what would now be …

Economics

Guam's Catholics pray for peace amid ongoing threats from North Korea

Hagatna, Guam, Aug 17, 2017 / 05:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the face of North Korea’s threats to bomb the island of Guam, the Catholic faithful have …

North Korea

Conservative faith leaders stand by Trump despite his defense of white supremacist rally

As President Donald Trump struggles to manage the firestorm of criticism over his controversial remarks on white supremacists in Charlottesville, …

Donald Trump

Russia bans Jehovah's Witnesses as 'extremist'

Russia has banned Jehovah's Witnesses as an extremist organisation, placing the pacifist sect in the company of neo-Nazi and jihadi groups.<p>The justice ministry added the Jehovah's Witnesses administrative centre in Russia and 395 local branches to its register of banned organisations on …

Jehovah's Witnesses

Trump's evangelical panel remains intact as others disband. Here are his religious cheerleaders

As three other advisory boards disband following the president’s response to the Virginia violence, Jerry Falwell Jr tweets support for Trump<p>Donald Trump was forced to disband two business advisory councils and an infrastructure panel after some of America’s most prominent business leaders fled …

Religion

Progressive Values Can't Be Just Secular Values

New polls suggest liberals have an increasingly negative view of religion, despite the fact that most Democrats—and Americans—are religious.<p>For a generation, the Democratic Party of which I’m a member has steadily moved away from communities of faith. Today, according to a recent Pew study, more …

Democratic Party

Convert Nation

More than one-third of Americans identify with a religion different than the one they grew up with.<p>Jane Picken didn’t know much about religion growing up. Her parents were Christians, but she was orphaned at a young age, and the person who helped raise her “utterly rejected” revealed religion. …

Atheism

'Islam is in a transformative process'

Muslims feel conflicted about certain aspects of historical Islam, says the Islamic scholar Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im. How does the notion of Sharia …

Islam

Over 20 million people facing starvation – and we should care! - CNA Columns: Making a Difference

Think to a time when you were hungry. Remember how it felt, a bit uncomfortable, right? You may have even said, “I’m starving!” But you knew that in …

Catholicism

This Is What Hunger Looks Like — Again

Mogadishu, Somalia — As I waited for my ride to collect me from the Mogadishu airport, an officer told me an apocryphal tale: A starving goat, blind from hunger, mistook a baby wrapped in a green cloth for grass and bit off a mouthful of emaciated flesh from the baby’s upper arm. The baby’s …

Africa

Amid Priest Shortage, Vatican Gives Nun Permission To Conduct Catholic Wedding

With one wedding under her belt, Sister Pierrette Thiffault says she's ready to give it another go.<p>With no men around to do the job, a nun recently stepped in to officiate at a Catholic wedding in Canada.<p>Sister Pierrette Thiffault performed the wedding on July 22 in Lorrainville, Quebec, after her …

Christianity

Study: 9% of Protestant Churches Have Had Money Embezzled From Them

A new study from LifeWay Research has found just how prevalent embezzlement is within churches. They asked 1,000 senior pastors of Protestant …

Religion

All minorities deserve respect, Mormon apostle tells black church leaders

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2017, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for …

Religion

The 7,150 nuns who fought against Trumpcare

The votes from Republican Sens. Susan Collins, John McCain and Lisa Murkowski to stop their party’s repeal-Obamacare juggernaut were demonstrations of genuine courage.<p>The appearance of this virtue in a dark time is not necessarily miraculous, but I couldn’t help noticing the striking intervention …

Atheism