Religion

Tomb of Christ at Risk of 'Catastrophic' Collapse

Restoration work at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem reveals one of world's holiest sites rests on a precarious earthly foundation.<p>Scientists have discovered that there is a "very real risk" that the holiest site in Christianity may collapse if nothing is done to shore up its unstable …

Apologetics

Watch This Sneaky Little Girl Casually Steal the Pope’s Hat

<i>This article originally appeared on</i> Time.com.<p>The beneficent Pope Francis was in for a surprise while distributing his blessings to a crowd of …

Pope Francis

Jesus' restored tomb is unveiled, well in time for Easter

JERUSALEM -- Nine months of renovations at Christianity's holiest site were unveiled Wednesday (March 22) in a ceremony that brought together rival …

Apologetics

Key to lasting happiness is a vegan diet, says 'happiest man in the world’

Matthieu Ricard is a Tibetan Buddhist monk and an expert on happiness.<p>He's author of Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill, and has been labelled the 'happiest man in the world', after neuroscientists discovered that, while meditating on compassion, Ricard’s brain produces a …

Matthieu Ricard

Meet the girl who yanked the cap off Pope Francis' head

Pope Francis thought he was leaning in to kiss a young child, and maybe give her a blessing, but the cheeky little American had other ideas.<p>Three-year-old Estella Westrick reached over and lifted his skullcap right off the pontiff’s head.<p>The pope’s delight at the sly act Wednesday was caught on …

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Holy Sepulchre Church: Discovery at 'Jesus's tomb' in Jerusalem

The church built on the spot where tradition has it that Jesus was buried has reopened after extensive renovation work.<p>While working on a small shrine known as the Edicule, the renovation team exposed two layers of marble slabs over what is said to have been the burial chamber of Christ.<p>The slabs …

Apologetics

3-year-old American girl meets the pope, steals his hat

On her very first day in Rome, Italy, a man named Mountain Butorac took his 3-year-old goddaughter, Estella Westrick from Atlanta, to meet Pope Francis.<p>Things did not go as planned.<p>Estella was given the opportunity to meet the pope, so a Vatican aide picked her up to whisk her over, following his …

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The White House Admits Meeting with a Prominent Anti-Muslim Leader After She Posted Photos (Updated)

Brigitte Gabriel runs one of America’s leading anti-Muslim hate groups.<p>Have you ever heard the name Brigitte Gabriel? If the answer is no, you should consider yourself lucky, because she...well, what's the technical term...oh, that's right...she fucking sucks. Gabriel runs the anti-Muslim group …

Islam

Married Catholic Priests? I Am One

Pope Francis made headlines recently by suggesting a new openness to married priests, but this married priest sees some potential problems with the …

Pope Francis

Trump will deliver his first commencement address to an evangelical Christian university

It’s become the norm for sitting US presidents to make the graduation-speech circuit every spring. Barack Obama gave 24 commencement addresses at American universities during his two terms, for instance, and started with Arizona State University.Only a few months into office, Donald Trump is making …

Evangelical Christianity

Restored tomb of Jesus worth $4 million unveiled in Jerusalem's Old City

The $4 million worth restored tomb, where Jesus is believed to have been buried after his crucifixion, was unveiled at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City during a ceremony on Wednesday.<p><b>'Hamas Militants Destroy Church of Holy Sepulchre in Retaliation for Recent Attacks' Article</b> …

Apologetics

Fear in the FBI: Muslim employees face a climate of suspicion and fear under Trump presidency

Muslims in the United States, inside and outside of the government, are in fear, and Trump's actions aren't helping<p>Muslim special agents and intelligence analysts at the FBI believe there is a climate of fear in the bureau that dovetails with the rise of President Trump’s political ideology, The …

Islamophobia

Everything: The Kotaku Review

For large portions of <i>Everything</i>, I wasn’t sure how to feel. By the end of it, I cried. A lot.<p><i>Everything</i> is a game about everything. In this new game …

Alan Watts

Alabama legislature may give a fundamentalist church its own police force: What could go wrong?

What separation of church and state? Birmingham megachurch wants to hire its own cops, claims innocent motives<p>Donald Trump’s election didn’t just empower the alt-right troops with their #MAGA hats and Pepe the Frog avatars. The religious right is also more quietly making moves to consolidate power …

Theology

Many American Muslims fear for their safety under Trump

(Reuters) - More than one in three U.S. Muslims fear they could be targeted by white supremacist groups following President Donald Trump's election and 42 percent say their children have been bullied in school because of their faith, a survey found.<p>That fear contributes to a lower-than-average rate …

Islamophobia

Pope Warns Against 'False' Images Of Social Media

by , Staff Writer @eriksass1, 2 hours ago<p>And now the pope’s piling on. Pope Francis takes a swipe at social media in a new message recorded for 2017 …

Pope Francis

Thinking Outside the Urn: China and the Reincarnation of Mongolia’s Highest Lama

The Chinese government’s prerogative to manage the rebirths of incarnate lamas is being tested in Mongolia. One of the highest lineages covered by the Qing’s "Golden Urn" system at the basis of PRC reincarnation law is passing to its next holder, with the Dalai Lama’s involvement. Despite clear …

Buddhism

After Suggesting US Banned Him from Travelling, Khizr Khan Comes Clean About What Really Happened

During election season, Khizr Khan gained national attention with his impassioned speech at the Democratic National Convention, sparking a feud with …

Islamophobia

How A 20-Year-Old Exorcism Sent Me In Search Of Korea’s Cult Problem

In 1996, my uncle took part in a prayer ritual that left a woman dead. In the midst of new scandals, I began to wonder if his crime might be connected to the larger phenomenon of Korean religious cults.<p><b>On Thursday, July 4, 1996,</b> an LAPD patrol officer on the graveyard shift responded to a call from …

Korean Peninsula

‘The Devils’ Is Just As Blasphemous, Bawdy, and Relevant Today As It Was When It Was Banned In 1971

Ken Russell's epic religious horror is a scathing critique on abuse of political power that new audiences will find prescient as ever in the age of …

What the bishop who resisted the Nazis can teach us today

Münster, Germany, Mar 22, 2017 / 07:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When Father Clemens August von Galen was consecrated Bishop of Münster in October 1933, …

Catholicism

Human Rights Commission calls for ban on religious discrimination

LANDLORDS who refuse to rent homes to Muslim tenants and employers who shun ­Catholics or any other religious denomination will be committing an …

Discrimination

First look inside Jesus' tomb as ancient structure reopens after months of restoration work

Take a first look inside Jesus' tomb - a location where Christian's believe Christ's body was laid to rest for three days after crucifixion.<p>The newly …

Ancient History

Court asks who should lead prayer before government meeting

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Does it matter whether a prayer opening a government meeting is led by local clergy or an elected official?<p>That's a question a federal appeals court is wrestling with in a unique case examining the constitutional requirement of separating church and state. The case will likely …

Government

Study finds religious factors linked to searches for online pornography in the United States

A state-level analysis has found that religion is correlated to searches for online pornography in the USA.<p>The study, published in the <i>The Journal of</i> …

Psychology

Best photographs of the day: rollercoasters and the pope

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world

Pope Francis

Pope Francis' Hat Gets Stolen By A Child And He Reacts Brilliantly

That's one stealthy kid.<p>As Pope you have to deal with a variety of annoyances - have you <i>seen</i> the outfits the poor guy has to wear?<p>But it’s not often the leader of the global Catholic church actually gets the hat stolen off his head.<p>That’s exactly what one cheeky youngster just did.<p>Catholic travel …

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AP Explains: What's behind conflict at sprawling Thai temple

BANGKOK – It's more than eight times bigger than Vatican City and twice the size of Cambodia's ancient Angkor Wat, making it quite possibly the world's biggest religious complex. Yet few non-Buddhists have heard of Wat Dhammakaya, a sprawling, extravagant temple compound north of Bangkok that has …

Thailand

Rider immediately regrets taking ex-racehorse for a gentle trot

A horserider has had his ‘Jesus Christ in Richmond Park’ moment when he took a retired racehorse out for a gentle trot.<p>His best quotes are ‘Jesus …

Jesus

This Little Girl Gave the Pope a Festive Welcome—and It’s Going Viral

It looked like a hug. Not so much.<p><b>Pope Francis</b> got a particularly special welcome from a young visitor in Vatican City on Wednesday. When the pope leaned in for a hug from the child, who per TMZ is named <b>Estella Wetrick</b>, Westrick reached her hands up—and removed his hat. The moment has since gone …

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