World Wide Religious News

  • Petition to change Mormon bishops’ interviews of kids tops 11,000 signatures; activists call for practice to end ‘immediately, today’
    Bob Mims ("The Salt Lake Tribune," January 18, 2018) A petition campaign demanding a halt to the LDS Church’s practice of closed-door, one-on-one interviews by bishops with children — sometimes including inquiries about sexual matters — had collected 11,493 signatures as of Thursday.... read more
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  • ‘If they come for you, they come for me’: A ‘dreamer’ priest faces deportation — and a divided congregation
    Julie Zauzmer ("The Washington Post," January 19, 2018) Atlanta — As he hands each person the Communion wafer, the priest watches his congregants walk back to their seats. They drop to their knees and bow their heads. Hands clasp. Around the church, a tear runs down a cheek, then another,... read more
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  • Pope to indigenous: Amazon is ‘heart of the church’
    Nicole Winfield & Christine Armario ("RNS," January 19, 2018) Puerto Maldonado, Peru — Pope Francis traveled deep into the Amazon rainforest demanding an end to the relentless exploitation of its timber, gas and gold and recognition of its indigenous peoples as the primary custodians to determine the future of “our... read more
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  • HHS is targeting health workers’ religious objections. Here’s why.
    Sarah Pulliam Bailey ("The Washington Post," January 19, 2018) The Trump administration has announced new regulations and a new division responsible for handling complaints from health-care workers who do not want to perform a medical procedure like an abortion or assisted death because it violates their religious or moral beliefs,... read more
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  • A word too far? Some evangelicals may have reached the breaking point with Trump.
    Erick Erickson ("The Washington Post," January 19, 2018) The vulgarity President Trump reportedly used last week to describe certain countries in the developing world has gotten a lot of attention. Trump held a private, frank, blunt conversation with congressional leaders where he used a word others have used to describe... read more
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  • The Influential Network for a New Generation of American Muslim Leaders
    Monique Parsons ("Religion & Politics," January 17, 2018) It was June 12, 2016, and a man named Omar Mateen had just opened fire inside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people and wounding dozens more. Shireen Zaman reached for her phone.... read more
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  • How a Brisbane Artist Became a Priest for a UFO Pleasure Cult
    Julian Morgans ("Vice," January 18, 2018) The man in the photo above is an artist named Luke Roberts. He’s standing beneath a piece of public artwork he built for the Brisbane City Council, which he says was designed to look like a UFO to symbolise the city’s migrant population. But... read more
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  • In Israel, a rabbinical plan to hide Africans facing deportation
    Michele Chabin ("RNS," January 18, 2018) Jerusalem – Inspired by sanctuary movements throughout history, a prominent rabbi in Israel has asked her peers to provide a safe haven for nearly 40,000 African sanctuary-seekers who could soon be deported by the government.... read more
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  • Pope to meet with victims of Chile’s dictatorship on trip
    Nicole Winfield (AP, January 11, 2018) Vatican City — Pope Francis will meet with two victims of Chile’s military dictatorship during his upcoming trip, and isn’t ruling out a private encounter with victims of clerical sex abuse, the Vatican said Thursday. Spokesman Greg Burke made the comments in announcing details... read more
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  • How California’s megachurches changed Christian culture
    Richard Flory ("RNS," January 10, 2018) The popular view of California is of a liberal, godless region, a land of possibilities that is open to experimentation in all things. As novelist Wallace Stegner wrote in 1967, the California motto is: “Why not? It might work.” This is true even in... read more
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  • ‘Double persecution’: The untold plight of Christian women worldwide
    Roxanne Stone ("RNS," January 10, 2018) America is currently experiencing a reckoning in terms of gender violence and harassment. Countless women have begun speaking out about the abuse they’ve endured from powerful men, and the #metoo movement has sparked an awareness of a prevalent problem that has often gone unreported... read more
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  • Author of books on presidents’ faith says Trump misunderstands evangelicals
    Adelle M. Banks ("RNS," January 19, 2018) Washington — Author Stephen Mansfield, who has written about the faith of former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, says the current occupant of the Oval Office has captured the “fundamental gripes” of evangelicals but misunderstands just how divided they are these... read more
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  • The Top 50 Countries Where It’s Most Dangerous to Follow Jesus
    Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra ("Christianity Today," January 10, 2018) For decades, North Korea has clearly been the world’s worst persecutor of Christians. But now, another nation nearly matches it. Open Doors released today its 2018 World Watch List (WWL), an annual ranking of the 50 countries where it is most dangerous... read more
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  • Muslim American sue FBI for being put on a terror watch list for no reason
    Newsweek ("Cristina Maza," January 18, 2018) Five American Muslims filed a lawsuit against FBI Director Christopher Wray and other members of the government because they believe they were put on a terrorist watch list without due process.... read more
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  • Crystals, potions and tarot cards: the mystical rise of new age businesses
    Emma Featherston ("The Guardian," January 18, 2018) Harmony Nice is a 20-year old vlogger from Norwich. While she covers beauty on her YouTube channel, and her goth-inspired look is a hit on Instagram, it’s her potions, crystals and tarot cards that set her apart from your average YouTuber. Nice has... read more
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