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Pope Francis’ Easter Message Urges Restraint, Denounces ‘Oppressive Regimes’

Pope Francis’ Easter Message Urges Restraint, Denounces ‘Oppressive Regimes’

Sunday, April 16, 2017
REUTERS VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis denounced "oppressive regimes" in his Easter message Sunday but in an apparent call for restraint urged world leaders to prevent the spread of conflicts amid tensions in North Korea and Syria. Francis, marking the fifth Easter season of his pontificate,... Read More »
Exhibit shows how Passover was artistically reinvented through the years

Exhibit shows how Passover was artistically reinvented through the years

Thursday, April 13, 2017
By Yonat Shimron, Religion News Service DURHAM, N.C.--The text of the story is familiar to most Jews gathering around the table Monday (April 10) to recount the biblical story of their liberation from slavery in Egypt. Indeed, many know parts of the Passover manual they will be reciting —... Read More »
In Unusual Omission, No Trump-Pope Meeting Planned During Italy G7

In Unusual Omission, No Trump-Pope Meeting Planned During Italy G7

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
By Philip Pullella, Reuters VATICAN CITY - U.S. President Donald Trump has not asked to meet Pope Francis during his visit to Italy next month for the Group of Seven summit, sources said on Tuesday, in what would be a highly unusual omission. Trump, who Francis suggested was "not Christian"... Read More »
Sean Spicer Raises Outcry With Talk of Hitler, Assad and Poison Gas

Sean Spicer Raises Outcry With Talk of Hitler, Assad and Poison Gas

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
By NICHOLAS FANDOS and MARK LANDLER, New York Times WASHINGTON — The White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, set off an intense backlash on Tuesday when he suggested that President Bashar al-Assad of Syria was guilty of acts worse than Hitler and asserted that Hitler had not used chemical... Read More »
Syria chemical attack: Pope Francis appeals to 'conscience' of culprits as Russia vows to support Assad

Syria chemical attack: Pope Francis appeals to 'conscience' of culprits as Russia vows to support Assad

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Lizzie Dearden, Independent. Pope Francis has called on countries supporting atrocities in Syria to examine their consciences as Russia vows to continue its backing for Bashar al-Assad. The Pope said he was horrified by the suspected chemical weapons attack in the rebel-held town on Khan... Read More »
In Canada, Where Muslims Are Few, Group Stirs Fear of Islamists

In Canada, Where Muslims Are Few, Group Stirs Fear of Islamists

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Craig S. Smith, New York Times STONEHAM-ET-TEWKESBURY, Quebec — Patrick Beaudry, bejeweled, tattooed and bearded, lives on a remote wooded hillside in rural Quebec, worrying about living under Shariah law. A year and a half ago, he huddled with two friends in a Quebec maple sugar shack,... Read More »
Religious Liberty Battles Ahead Highlight Gorsuch’s Importance as Conservative Nominee for SCOTUS

Religious Liberty Battles Ahead Highlight Gorsuch’s Importance as Conservative Nominee for SCOTUS

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
By Lawrence Hurley, Reuters If confirmed as expected this week by the U.S. Senate, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee would join his new fellow justices in time to act on divisive cases concerning religion, guns, and big business, underscoring Neil Gorsuch's importance as the fifth... Read More »
Some Protestant pastors preach on race but most leave it to others

Some Protestant pastors preach on race but most leave it to others

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Adelle M. Banks (RNS) Close to half of Protestant senior pastors have recently preached on racial reconciliation and more have publicly prayed about it, but few find that their congregations are urging them to address the topic. A new LifeWay Research survey also finds that most pastors have... Read More »
 Clergy who don’t believe in organized religion? Humanists think 2017 is their time to grow.

Clergy who don’t believe in organized religion? Humanists think 2017 is their time to grow.

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Julie Zauzmer, Washington Post The name of the gathering almost sounded like an oxymoron: the “Humanist Clergy Collaboratory.” A meeting to organize religious leaders — for people who don’t believe in organized religion? “Well,” Amanda Poppei joked, “some people would say we’re not that... Read More »
Is Free Speech Good for Muslims?

Is Free Speech Good for Muslims?

Monday, March 27, 2017
Mustafa Akyol, New York Times I recently watched a curious debate that took place in 2015 at the Free Press Society of Denmark. On one side was Geert Wilders, the far-right Dutch politician and anti-Islam campaigner whose ascendance to power was, I’m happy to say, checked by the elections in the... Read More »

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