Interfaith News

  • Amazing Discoveries in New Treasure Trove of Holocaust Documents

    170,000 documents were found that were hidden during the Holocaust. Jonathan Brent, the executive director of . Researchers had discovered a staggering 170,000 documents which were believed to be destroyed during the cataclysmic days of the Holocaust. The documents date from the middle of the 18th century. A few are of Second World War heritage. […] The post Amazing Discoveries in New Treasure Trove of Holocaust Documents appeared first on World Religion News. […]

  • Climate Change Deniers Have “Perverse Attitudes” Says Pope Francis

    The Pope blames humans for global warming. Pope Francis unequivocally denounced global warming deniers[/tweettit] as he requested climate talks negotiators in Germany not to fall into the trap of what he termed “perverse attitudes.” He instead asked them to speed up efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions. The pontiff made the statement on November 16. […] The post Climate Change Deniers Have “Perverse Attitudes” Says Pope Francis appeared first on World Religion News. […]

  • Why evangelicals might vote for Roy Moore anyway

    (RNS) — Conservative Christians have developed a particular intellectual strategy for engaging with others called “presuppositionalism.” […]

  • Closing doors: Small religious colleges struggle for survival

    (RNS) — St. Gregory’s Roman Catholic university in Oklahoma is just the latest small religious college to close in an increasingly difficult higher education marketplace. […]

  • Indigenous Tribe in Indonesia is Forced to Convert to Islam While Their Home is Destroyed

    The tribespeople have observed that the Indonesian Government pays more attention to its Muslim citizens. A number of when it comes to their interactions with the government. The tribespeople have observed that the Indonesian Government pays more attention to its Muslim citizens. Such care is not provided if the person due to receive care is […] The post Indigenous Tribe in Indonesia is Forced to Convert to Islam While Their Home is Destroyed appeared first on World Religion News. […]

  • Pope Francis shouldn’t risk going to Myanmar

    (RNS) — Next week Pope Francis will visit Myanmar, where he risks either compromising his moral authority or putting in danger the Christians of that country. I have great admiration for the pope and his abilities, but someone should have talked him out of making this visit. […]

  • Piers Morgan Has Theological Debate About Jedis that Ends in Lightsaber Duel

    Host Seemed Angered by Church of Jediism Those waiting for the next Star Wars movie got a Jedi battle on Good Morning Britain. But it wasn’t exactly what you might be thinking. Piers Morgan got into a heated exchange with Daniel Jones, the founder of the Church of Jediism, ending with lightsaber battle and an […] The post Piers Morgan Has Theological Debate About Jedis that Ends in Lightsaber Duel appeared first on World Religion News. […]

  • Della Reese, minister and star of ‘Touched by an Angel,’ dies at 86

    (RNS) — A onetime gospel singer and groundbreaking African-American talk show host, she was later known for her lead role in the TV series “Touched by an Angel" […]

  • A diverse group of Christian theologians release a Boston Declaration at the Old South Church to challenge the corruption of Christians in the United States

    Meeting in Boston, at the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature, a diverse group of Christian Theologians launched the BOSTON DECLARATION at the Old South Church at 12:30 pm on Monday November 20, 2017. […]

  • Eric Reid Calls Christians Who Criticize Colin Kaepernick Hypocrites

    Argues About Speaking For The Voiceless Christian players of the NFL, like Eric Reid, who support the social justice movement started by Colin Kaepernick want people of the same faith who oppose Kaepernick to question themselves: if Jesus was present at this moment, what would he do? Reid kneeled with Kaepernick for “The Star Spangled […] The post Eric Reid Calls Christians Who Criticize Colin Kaepernick Hypocrites appeared first on World Religion News. […]

  • Feeling guilty about drinking? Well, ask the saints

    (The Conversation) Alcohol abuse is no laughing matter, but is it sinful to drink and make merry, moderately and responsibly, during a holy season or at any other time? […]

  • ‘Faithful’ Detroit priest beatified by Catholic church

    DETROIT (AP) — More than 60,000 people attended a Mass in Detroit where Father Solanus, as he was known, has an extraordinary following, decades after his death in 1957. […]

  • Pope devotes Mass to poor, calls indifference a ‘great sin’

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — After Mass, the pope lunched with some 1,500 poor people from Italy, Poland, France and elsewhere as the Catholic Church marked its first World Day of the Poor, an event created by Francis to draw attention to those living on the margins of society. […]

  • GOP “war” on Johnson Amendment turns serious

    It's not just about endorsing a candidate from the pulpit. […]

  • Detroit priest to be beatified, was known for helping others

    DETROIT (AP) — Decades after his death, Solanus Casey is on a path to sainthood, celebrated as an incredibly humble man who brought people to God. […]

  • Ranks of World’s Refugees Swell as Asylum Space Shrinks: UN

    More than 2 million people fleeing wars or persecution have joined the ranks of the world’s refugees this year, but often face more restrictive asylum policies, including in Europe and the United States, the top United Nations refugee official recently said. They include 650,000 from South Sudan and 500,000 Muslim Rohingyas who have escaped violence [… […]

  • Philippines – Mindanao Province Fights Extremism through Schools

    A province on the southern Philippines island of Mindanao has teamed up with madaris or Islamic schools to prevent violent extremism from making inroads among Filipino Muslim youth. Sarangani Governor Steve Solon said the provincial government’s “Madaris for Peace” programme will see 125 Asatidz (madrasa teachers) propagate peace and Islamic values among Muslim school children. Solon [… […]

  • Bangladesh’s Buddhist Community Cuts Festival Expense to Aid Rohingya Refugees

    The Buddhist community in Bangladesh has declared that they will forgo parts of their festivities for Probarona Purnima, their second biggest religious festival, and donate the cost of a major event for the Rohingya Muslim refugees who have recently arrived in Bangladesh. Community leaders announced this decision at a meeting with senior Awami League leaders [… […]

  • Pope Calls on Christians to Share Hope with Migrants

    The same hope that moves people to seek a better life for themselves and their loved ones also moves the hearts of men and women to welcome migrants and refugees with open arms, Pope Francis, head of the Catholic Church, recently said. “Those who come to our land and we who go towards their heart [… […]

  • Saudi Women Allowed to Issue Fatwas

    Saudi women are now allowed to issue fatwas following a vote in the Shoura Council. The historic move was approved by 107 votes and ends 45 years of only specialist men being able to issue fatwas in the Kingdom. The female muftis are to be chosen by a royal decree. The Shoura Council approved the [… […]

  • Dr. Jemilah Mahmood – Malaysian Woman Leads Mercy Mission

    Dr Jemilah Mahmood and her team were on their way to deliver medical supplies to a children’s hospital in Iraq when they were trapped in a crossfire. Two people died, another two doctors were injured. Dr Jemilah was shot in her hip. She stitched herself up, left the bullet in. Today, Dr Jemilah is the [… […]

  • A 800-Year-Old Piece of Indian Heritage in Jerusalem

    Jerusalem: Did you know that there is a corner of Jerusalem that has a distinct Indian stamp to it and its various residents wear their Indian origin like a medal? Next to the Al-Aqsa mosque in the city, there is the Indian Hospice in Jerusalem. The hospice is managed by the Ansari family and has [… […]

  • Post-Sanctions, Iranian Rugs Arrive in US Markets

    Iran has resumed carpet exports to the United States after nearly six years of inactivity. In the last Iranian calendar year (which ended March 2017), Iran exported nearly $90 million worth of carpets directly to the United States. Tehran: Recently, Iran’s capital city, Tehran, hosted the world’s largest handmade carpet exhibition.  According to Hamid Kargar, the head of Iran National [… […]

  • World Tulip Summit Award for Istanbul Municipality

    Ottawa: The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (İBB) was presented with an award and certificate by the authorities of the World Tulip Summit, which was held in Ottawa, in the first week of October. Presented by the head of the World Tulip Summit Michel Gauthier, the certificate was accepted by Turkish Ambassador to Canada Selçuk Ünal in [… […]

  • Wakf Council – Rs. 2 Cr. for Wakf Complex Construction

    The Board proposes to build four specialty hospitals in the State and a rehabilitation centre for persons with mental disorders. By A Staff Writer Bengaluru: The State Wakf Council will henceforth offer loans up to Rs. 2 core for construction of complexes on Wakf land. This was announced by Mr. Tanweer Sait, Minister for Primary [… […]

  • Methodology

    This report brings together analysis of survey and demographic data from various previously published Pew Research Center reports. It also includes new analysis of the religious beliefs and practices of Orthodox Christians in Ethiopia and historical data on the distribution of Orthodox Christians, Catholics and Protestants around the world. Attitudinal data was collected through nationally [… […]

  • Acknowledgments

    This report was produced by Pew Research Center as part of the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Future project, which analyzes religious change and its impact on societies around the world. Funding for the Global Religious Futures project comes from The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John Templeton Foundation. This report is a collaborative effort based on [… […]

  • 4. Orthodox take socially conservative views on gender issues, homosexuality

    On environmentalism and homosexuality, Orthodox Christians are largely united in their views. Most Eastern Orthodox Christians – whose spiritual leader, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, has been called the “Green Patriarch” – favor environmental protection, even at the expense of economic growth. And the vast majority of Orthodox Christians say homosexuality should be discouraged by society, though [… […]

  • 3. Orthodox Christians support key church policies, are lukewarm toward reconciling with Roman Catholic Church

    A host of disputes – ranging from theological to political – have divided Orthodoxy from Catholicism for nearly 1,000 years. But while some leaders on both sides have tried to resolve them, fewer than four-in-ten Orthodox Christians in the vast majority of countries surveyed say they favor their church reconciling with the Roman Catholic Church. [… […]

  • 2. Orthodox Christians are highly religious in Ethiopia, much less so in former Soviet Union

    Orthodox Christians around the world display widely varying levels of religious observance. For example, while just 6% of Orthodox Christians in Russia say they attend church on a weekly basis, a large majority of Orthodox Christians in Ethiopia (78%) say they do this. Indeed, by several standard measures of religious observance, Orthodox Christians living in [… […]

  • 1. Orthodox Christianity’s geographic center remains in Central and Eastern Europe

    While the worldwide population of all non-Orthodox Christians has virtually quadrupled since 1910, the Orthodox population has merely doubled, from approximately 124 million to 260 million. And as the geographical center of the overall Christian population has shifted since 1910 from its centuries-old European base into developing nations in the Southern Hemisphere, most Orthodox Christians [… […]

  • Orthodox Christianity in the 21st Century

    Concentrated in Europe, Orthodox Christians have declined as share of the global Christian population, from 20% in 1910 to 12% today. But the Ethiopian community is highly observant and growing. […]

  • House Republicans Move Against Popular Protection for Houses of Worship

    Interfaith Alliance president Rabbi Jack Moline issued the following statement in response to the new House … The post House Republicans Move Against Popular Protection for Houses of Worship appeared first on Interfaith Alliance. […]

  • Reuters: Saudi Arabia to vet use of Prophet’s sayings to counter extremism

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  • AFP: Tajikistan authorities draw up list of gay and lesbian citizens

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  • Attorney General Sessions Endorses Religious Discrimination, Attacks Church-State Separation

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo today that purports to provide guidance to federal agencies … The post Attorney General Sessions Endorses Religious Discrimination, Attacks Church-State Separation appeared first on Interfaith Alliance. […]

  • Trump Administration Launches Assault on Women’s Rights and Genuine Religious Freedom

    In response to new rules released today by the Trump administration which allow employers to refuse … The post Trump Administration Launches Assault on Women’s Rights and Genuine Religious Freedom appeared first on Interfaith Alliance. […]

  • Thoughts and Prayers Are No Answer to Gun Violence

    Interfaith Alliance president Rabbi Jack Moline issued the following statement in response to the horrific mass … The post Thoughts and Prayers Are No Answer to Gun Violence appeared first on Interfaith Alliance. […]

  • Interfaith Alliance Responds to Anti-Muslim Leaflets Distributed by U.S. Military in Afghanistan

    On Tuesday, the U.S. military distributed leaflets in Afghanistan that were intended to mock the Taliban … The post Interfaith Alliance Responds to Anti-Muslim Leaflets Distributed by U.S. Military in Afghanistan appeared first on Interfaith Alliance. […]

  • FEMA Must Maintain Constitutionally Mandated Ban on Funding Houses of Worship

    Becket, a Religious Right legal advocacy group, filed suit in federal court this week against the … The post FEMA Must Maintain Constitutionally Mandated Ban on Funding Houses of Worship appeared first on Interfaith Alliance. […]

  • Interfaith Alliance Responds to Violent White Supremacist Rally in Virginia

    Rabbi Jack Moline, President of Interfaith Alliance, released the following statement: “The bigotry and violence on … The post Interfaith Alliance Responds to Violent White Supremacist Rally in Virginia appeared first on Interfaith Alliance. […]

  • Interfaith Alliance Responds to Administration Remarks on Mosque Attack

    Interfaith Alliance president Rabbi Jack Moline issued the following statement: “President Trump and his advisors have … The post Interfaith Alliance Responds to Administration Remarks on Mosque Attack appeared first on Interfaith Alliance. […]

  • Trump Justice Department Launches Assault on LGBT Rights

    Rabbi Jack Moline, president of Interfaith Alliance, condemned a Department of Justice brief in a private … The post Trump Justice Department Launches Assault on LGBT Rights appeared first on Interfaith Alliance. […]

  • Trump Bullies Transgender Service Members to Distract from Administration’s Struggles

    In response to President Trump’s announcement that he will ban transgender people from serving in the … The post Trump Bullies Transgender Service Members to Distract from Administration’s Struggles appeared first on Interfaith Alliance. […]

  • The Tragic Loss of Brendan Randall, Long-Time Affiliate and Senior Researcher of the Pluralism Project

    The Pluralism Project is devastated to learn of the death of Brendan Randall, a long-time affiliate and Senior Researcher of the Pluralism Project. He had a tragic accident while getting off a train in Philadelphia on Thursday, July 6 and … Continue reading → […]

  • Cultivating Pluralism at a Critical Time

    Dear Friends, We greet you at the end of 2016, an extraordinary and critical year for the Pluralism Project and for America’s public and political commitment to pluralism. At a time when many Americans are uncertain about the strength of … Continue reading → […]

  • Interfaith Efforts and Hurricane Sandy Recovery in New York City (2015)

    In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy devastated areas in the Northeastern United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. In New York City, at least 43 people died and thousands of homes were destroyed.[1] The city experienced $19 billion in damages and it … Continue reading → […]

  • CONNECT Faith

    CONNECT is a New York City-based organization that works to prevent domestic violence and promote gender justice. Located in Harlem, they partner with over 200 community-based organizations around the city. Research conducted by CONNECT in 2003-2005 revealed that, while women … Continue reading → […]

  • Parliament of the World’s Religions: “Reclaiming the Heart of Our Humanity” (2015)

    The 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions was held in Salt Lake City, Utah from October 15-20, 2015 and attracted over 10,000 people from nearly 80 countries.[1] The event theme, “Reclaiming the Heart of Our Humanity,” came out of organizers’ … Continue reading → […]

  • Community of Living Traditions

    What does it mean for a multifaith community to be involved in immigration or prison reform? How do we grow an intentional residential community where members can maintain their authentic and diverse religious commitments? How can a group of religiously … Continue reading → […]

  • The Pluralism Project at 25: Can we count on you?

    Dear Friends, Greetings from Cambridge! This year marks the Pluralism Project’s 25th anniversary. Recently, we’ve been taking some time to look back at our accomplishments, to assess the need for the critical work of pluralism in the climate of our … Continue reading → […]

  • Rev. Dr. Marcia Moret Sietstra

    The Rev. Dr. Marcia Moret Sietstra is a retired pastor within the United Church of Christ. She earned a doctorate of ministry from Andover-Newton Theological School in 2012. Sietstra is the author of three cases, all set in the Midwest, that are … Continue reading → […]

  • Religion Communicators Council Convention: Faith-based Communications: Bridges, Avenues, and Intersections (2016)

    On Thursday, March 31 through Saturday, April 2, 2016 over 100 Religion Communicators Council (RCC) members met throughout New York City for a three-day conversation about the challenges, innovations, shortcomings and successes of faith-based communication. The shifting location of the … Continue reading → […]

  • Interfaith Families Project of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area

    The Interfaith Families Project of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area (IFFP) is a unique community of families and individuals dedicated to celebrating and learning about both the Jewish and Christian traditions. Many of IFFP’s members are families parented by individuals … Continue reading → […]

  • Persecution of Evangelical Christians intensifies in Iran

    There is growing concern that the harassment of Iranian Christians is reaching new levels, with Christian activities increasingly being classified as ‘actions against the security the state’. Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), which works for religious freedom through advocacy and human rights, has received reports that an official campaign to convert Christian prisoners to Islam is [… […]

  • World population could reach 15 billion this century

    Sometime on 31 October the world’s seven-billionth person is expected to be born, on a planet where resources are already stretched to breaking point. However, the United Nations has warned that we are heading for a world population of 15 billion by the end of the century, even though population growth has slowed since the [… […]

  • Church of Scientology denies investigating South Park creators

    The controversial Church of Scientology has vigorously denied claims that it investigated the creators of cartoon series South Park following the screening of episode called ‘Trapped in the Closet’. The episode, which poked fun at the Scientology belief system and lampooned its most prominent member, Tom Cruise, was aired in the USA in 2006 but [… […]

  • Bible burning disrupts Mass in St Peter’s Square

    Yesterday’s Mass in Rome’s St. Peter’s Square was disturbed by a man who shouted “Pope, where is Christ?” from the upper colonnade and then set fire to a bible. He was talked down by Vatican officials while Pope Benedict XVI continued the Sunday Mass seemingly unperturbed by the incident which occurred towards the end of [… […]

  • Government criticised for protecting gay people but not Christians

    The outspoken former Tory MP Anne Widdecombe is expected to accuse the government of ignoring the plight of Christians and yet threatening to cut aid to countries which persecute homosexuals. In a speech at the annual conference of Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) tomorrow, Miss Widdecombe is expected to claim that [… […]

  • Protesters deterring visitors to St Paul’s Cathedral

    The previously supportive authorities at St Paul’s have finally asked anti-capitalist protesters to disband the camp they have set up outside the cathedral. Thousands of protesters, angry at the way the global economic crisis is being handled, marched on the London Stock Exchange on Saturday. When police cordoned off the building, the protesters set up [… […]

  • Physical abuse unchallenged in UK Islamic schools

    Up to 500,000 students a day attend British madrassas but the physical abuse of pupils at these institutions is slipping through a loophole in the law according to a BBC investigation. Figures obtained by Radio 4’s ‘File on 4’ programme show that in the last three years more than 400 allegations of physical abuse against [… […]

  • War on Want slams UK government’s food policy

    In a new report, War on Want criticises governments in the developed world for food policies which destroy the livelihoods of small farmers and contribute to world hunger. 2009 was the first year in which over a billion people were officially classified as living in hunger and this wasn’t caused by natural disasters but by [… […]

  • Man jailed after posting anti-Celtic Facebook comments

    Stephen Birrell, who posted abusive comments on a Facebook page called “Neil Lennon Should be Banned” has been jailed for eight months after a trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court. Sheriff Bull Totten said he wanted to out “a clear message to deter others”. Birrell’s sectarian comments were posted earlier this year, shortly after he was [… […]

  • Catherine Tate is God in King James Bible celebration

    The 400th anniversary of the King James Bible is being celebrated with two 24-performances of ‘Sixty-six Books’, a cycle of plays written in response to each book of the Bible. The performances, today and on 28 October, mark the opening of London’s new Bush theatre which has relocated from above O’Neills pub, to the Shepherd’s [… […]