Religion

Pope suggests 'better to be atheist than hypocritical Catholic'

Pope Francis delivered another criticism of some members of his own Church on Thursday, suggesting it is better to be an atheist than one of "many" Catholics who he said lead a hypocritical double life.<p>In improvised comments in the sermon of his private morning Mass in his residence, he said: "It …

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Islamophobia grows louder in North Carolina: 'Can we not kill them all?'

The meeting of a far-right group in Kernersville has stirred fears across the state as Muslim leaders call on authorities to take action<p>Tom Jones, a soft-spoken man with white hair and wearing a slate-gray jacket, held up a copy of The Terrorist Next Door by the conservative author Erick Stakelbeck …

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How smartphones and social media are changing Christianity

Many Christians are turning to apps and memes to express their faith instead of churches – and it's raising intriguing questions about the future of the world's largest religion.<p>When the Reverend Pete Phillips first arrived in Durham nine years ago, he was ejected from the city’s cathedral. He had …

Theology

Pope buys quake-zone produce to help farmers, donates food

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis's chief alms-giver is on a shopping spree in quake-struck central Italy, buying up prosciutto, cheese and local produce from struggling local businesses and donating the bounty to Roman soup kitchens.<p>The Vatican said Monsignor Konrad Krajewski's expedition Thursday …

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When does Lent 2017 start and what is Ash Wednesday?

When is Ash Wednesday 2017?<p>Ash Wednesday, which marks the start of Lent in the Christian calendar, has been observed by Britons for centuries. Its exact date changes every year, because it is determined by when Easter falls. But it is always the day after Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day, and it …

Christianity

Muslims are the least popular religious group in the U.S. They’re disliked even more than atheists.

Last Wednesday, the Pew Research Center released the results of a new survey showing that American attitudes toward Muslims had improved in the past few years. While respondents to a 2014 survey gave Muslims an average rating of 40 on a 100-point “feeling thermometer” — a scale measuring …

Islamophobia

The tragic story of Vishnu Wood's wasted potential

Vishnu Wood spoke Japanese. Often he would talk persuasively about staging a production of his own modern English translation of a classical Japanese …

Vaishnavism

Trump supporters criticise Pope Francis on Twitter for seemingly subtweeting Donald Trump

"Even God believed extreme vetting was a good thing," one Twitter user wrote.<p>Pope Francis may not have been the first pontiff to tweet, but he is …

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110-Year-Old Nun's Secret To Long A Life Is Pretty Simple

"Love, love and keep on loving."<p>One of the world’s oldest women says the key to a long life is love ― but for Sister Candida Bellotti that doesn’t mean the romantic kind.<p>Bellotti celebrated her 110th birthday on Monday surrounded by fellow sisters from her order. Her advice for a long life?<p>“Love, …

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'Demonic activity was palpable' at Trump rally, says Florida pastor

A Florida pastor who took his 11 year old daughter to see a Donald Trump campaign-style presidential rally said he'd hoped his kid would learn …

Faith

Statue of Jesus Christ beheaded twice in two weeks

(CNN)To millions of people, the image of Jesus Christ stands for peace, love, and compassion.<p>So it's a little startling to see a statue of Jesus outside an Indiana church defaced twice in the past two weeks. Once on a Sunday, even.<p>The Cottage Avenue Pentecostal Fellowship in Indianapolis installed …

Jesus

France’s Marine Le Pen refused to wear a headscarf to meet with Lebanese religious leaders

She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.<p>French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen walked away from a meeting with Lebanon's top Sunni Muslim leaders after she refused to wear a headscarf. The move sparked an outcry across the Arab world. “Observers, …

Islam

NYPD allegedly forced Muslim woman to remove hijab, took photos of her after arrest

The New York Police Department is facing a lawsuit over allegations that officers strip-searched a Muslim woman, forced her to remove her headscarf …

Islamophobia

Muslim Community Raises Over $85,000 to Repair Vandalized Jewish Cemetery

Over the past weekend, vandals damaged almost 200 graves at a Jewish cemetery west of St. Louis in University City, Missouri. As officials …

Islamophobia

Bavaria Set To Ban Full-Face Veil In Some Public Spaces

A woman sits under a painting inside the Hocker-Pschorr tent that shows a woman in a burqa and other Muslim women wearing headscarves in what tent …

Islamophobia

White House admits the new Muslim ban will be the same as the old Muslim ban

Let’s see how “minor technical differences ” hold up in court.<p>Stephen Miller, a senior adviser to President Trump, said on Tuesday that Trump’s …

Government

If a Muslim preached this much hate, there'd be non-stop protests.

Christian evangelist <b>Franklin Graham</b>, a man who routinely denounces Muslims, LGBT people, and atheists (but has plenty of praise for <b>Donald Trump</b>), is …

Islamophobia

Amazon Prime imam 'stopped in the street for selfies'

<b>An imam who appeared in a popular Christmas advert has been asked to work with the government to promote harmony between Islam and other faiths.</b><p>In the Amazon commercial, Imam Zubeir Hassam and priest Gary Bradley buy each other kneepads to help with the discomfort of kneeling while praying.<p>Mr …

UK News

What Aurangzeb did to preserve Hindu temples (and protect non-Muslim religious leaders)

Historian Audrey Truschke's new book examines one of the convenient myths imposed by India's colonial rules.<p>Hindu and Jain temples dotted the …

Indian Religion

The Pope Says Your Rude Texting Habits Could Start A War

Here’s a scenario many of us encounter every single day: You’re eating dinner and attempting to engage others in conversation, only to realize that everyone else is nose-deep in their phones. It’s no secret that smart phones have created a social void in society in recent years. People would rather …

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What does Islamophobia mean? And what does it look like?

National Council of Canadian Muslims says Islamophobia means fear and hate<p>Ontario MPPs will vote on Thursday on a motion that asks them to condemn …

Islamophobia

Denmark to Hold First Blasphemy Case for Almost 50 Years After Man Burns Quran

It's only the fourth blasphemy case in Danish history.

Islam

In DR Congo, an upsurge of violence against the Church

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Feb 22, 2017 / 06:09 pm (Aid to the Church in Need).- In the wake of an attack on a Catholic seminary, …

Africa

Is Muslim Campaign For Jewish Cemetery A ‘Light In Darkness’ — Or Publicity Stunt By Israel Critic?

Two Muslim activists raised more than $110,000 to help repair a vandalized Jewish cemetery. The move inspired gratitude — and questions.

Islamophobia

Listening to Silence

I ARRIVED AT THE ADVANCED screening of Martin Scorsese’s new film, <i>Silence</i>, in the worst possible frame of mind. I was running late, and I was …

Faith

The meaning behind 17 cemetery symbols

Anchor<p>The anchor symbol dates back to early Christianity, when it was used to disguise the symbol of the cross. It became a symbol for Christ and his …

Christianity

Dylann Roof drove to second black church, court docs say

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A South Carolina pastor who canceled a Bible study at his church because he was late leaving his day job may have averted a second …

Bible

Muslim Holidays: School District President Cites Trump In Including Islamic Celebrations On School Calendar, Faces Backlash

The president of a board of education in Nassau County, New York, has faced criticism after citing President Donald Trump in its school district’s …

Islam

Heaven has 'extreme vetting'? When Republicans legislate from the Bible

A panel at the Conservative Political Action Conference suggests America can have walls, gates and extreme vetting because heaven does. Come again?<p>Word has it that Heaven is a pretty nice place. Indeed, it’s on many people’s bucket list. But have you ever stopped to wonder exactly why Heaven is so …

Opinion

The Young Pope’s Pope Bot Is Trolling People With Bible Verses, Helped by IBM’s Watson

Fans of The Young Pope already know that Pope Pius XIII, played by Jude Law, isn’t cut from the same cloth as his predecessors. He’s seductive. He …

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