Religion

Asia the ‘new hotbed of Christian persecution’
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Asia the ‘new hotbed of Christian persecution’

Report finds threat levels rising in China and India amid government crackdown and rise of religious nationalism
17 Jan 2019
Fatal stabbing at Sydney Scientology church
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Fatal stabbing at Sydney Scientology church

Teenage knifeman reportedly tried to enter while mother was undergoing ‘purification ceremony’
4 Jan 2019
Protests erupt in India after women enter Hindu temple
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Protests erupt in India after women enter Hindu temple

Hindu traditionalists believe women of menstruating age should not be allowed in the Sabarimala temple
3 Jan 2019
What is Advent and what are the dates for 2018?
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What is Advent and what are the dates for 2018?

How Christians around the world mark the run-up to the nativity
7 Dec 2018
Anti-Semitic stereotypes ‘alive and well’ in Europe
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Anti-Semitic stereotypes ‘alive and well’ in Europe

CNN poll reveals quarter of European think Jews have too much influence in business and politics and one fifth blame them for anti-Semitism
28 Nov 2018
Audi A1 Sportback 2018 review: is it as sporty as it looks?
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Audi A1 Sportback 2018 review: is it as sporty as it looks?

The German firm’s smallest hatch has been given a hi-tech upgrade
26 Nov 2018
Asia Bibi: how blasphemy case divided Pakistan
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Asia Bibi: how blasphemy case divided Pakistan

Christian farm worker acquitted after eight years on death row for allegedly insulting Islam
31 Oct 2018
Five celebrities who converted to Islam
Sinead O’Connor has changed her name to Shuhada Davitt
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Five celebrities who converted to Islam

Sinead O’Connor is the latest high-profile figure to become a Muslim
26 Oct 2018
What are the blasphemy laws around the world?
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What are the blasphemy laws around the world?

As Ireland votes on whether to remove blasphemy from the constitution, The Week looks at where it is still an offence
25 Oct 2018
UN rules that Muslim veil ban ‘violates human rights’
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UN rules that Muslim veil ban ‘violates human rights’

Human Rights Council rejects France’s niqab ban and calls for review of controversial legislation
24 Oct 2018
Vatican says Pope considering visit to North Korea
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Vatican says Pope considering visit to North Korea

Accepting Kim Jong Un’s invitation would ‘legitimise’ oppressive regime, warn analysts
19 Oct 2018
Eat the Art: Theo Randall and Amber Locke get creative
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Eat the Art: Theo Randall and Amber Locke get creative

Food that’s good enough to frame and art that’s good enough to eat at the InterContinental Park Lane
19 Oct 2018
Christianity faces biggest schism in a millennium
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Christianity faces biggest schism in a millennium

Ukraine granted own independent Orthodox Church despite threats from Moscow
12 Oct 2018
Is Religious Education on its way out?
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Is Religious Education on its way out?

New report suggests replacing RE classes with ‘Religion and Worldviews’
10 Sep 2018
Malaysian women caned for ‘attempting lesbian sex’
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Malaysian women caned for ‘attempting lesbian sex’

LGBT groups express dismay as pair given six strokes for violating sharia law
3 Sep 2018
When can a priest reveal a confession?
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When can a priest reveal a confession?

Catholic Church forbids breaking seal of secrecy but there may be ways to bypass decree
31 Aug 2018
Plot to oust Pope Francis exposes rifts within the Church
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Plot to oust Pope Francis exposes rifts within the Church

Archbishop breaks cover and calls for pontiff to resign as ideological battle lines are drawn
29 Aug 2018
Pope Francis set for hostile reception in Ireland
Pope Francis greets adoring crowds in Italy
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Pope Francis set for hostile reception in Ireland

Pontiff to touch down in radically changed Catholic country amid sexual abuse ‘perfect storm’
24 Aug 2018
Indonesian woman jailed over mosque noise complaint
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Indonesian woman jailed over mosque noise complaint

Noise complaint over call to prayer sparked anti-Buddhist riots in 2016
23 Aug 2018
Catholic abuse scandal threatens Pope Francis’ legacy
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Catholic abuse scandal threatens Pope Francis’ legacy

Clerical cover-up presents ‘crucial test’ for papacy following earlier failures
21 Aug 2018
Did Manchester mosque imam really call for armed jihad?
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Did Manchester mosque imam really call for armed jihad?

Police open probe into Mustafa Graf’s sermon at mosque attended by the Manchester Arena bomber
17 Aug 2018
Is Pastafarianism a real religion?
Mienke de Wilde, a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
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Is Pastafarianism a real religion?

Dutch court rules followers cannot wear colander on her head for official photos
17 Aug 2018
Why astronauts have spiritual experiences in space
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Why astronauts have spiritual experiences in space

The British astronaut is not the first to question whether the universe was created by a higher power
13 Aug 2018
Christian extremists ‘let their baby starve to death’
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Christian extremists ‘let their baby starve to death’

Infant’s father claimed medicine was a ‘cult’ and ‘God is sovereign over disease’
8 Aug 2018
Pope Francis calls for end to death penalty
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Pope Francis calls for end to death penalty

Shift in Catholic teaching could have a global impact
3 Aug 2018
South Korean woman arrested after stranding her cult in Fiji
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South Korean woman arrested after stranding her cult in Fiji

Shin Ok-ju held as former members of Grace Road Church tell of violent beatings
1 Aug 2018
Trump’s faith guru: ‘Jesus was not an illegal immigrant’
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Trump’s faith guru: ‘Jesus was not an illegal immigrant’

Televangelist Paula White says Christ ‘would not have been our Messiah’ if he had broken immigration laws
12 Jul 2018
Mormon church ‘must stop sex interviews with children’
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Mormon church ‘must stop sex interviews with children’

Campaigners call for end to ‘worthiness interview’ questions about sex
29 Jun 2018
Dutch far-right party plans Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest
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Dutch far-right party plans Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest

Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party gets green light for competition from nation’s counterterrorism agency
13 Jun 2018
Bavaria to make crosses mandatory in public buildings
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Bavaria to make crosses mandatory in public buildings

Controversial law comes amid backlash against arrival of Muslim migrants
31 May 2018
US preacher asks followers to fund $54m private jet
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US preacher asks followers to fund $54m private jet

Televangelist Jesse Duplantis said God promised him a Falcon 7X
30 May 2018
Abortion referendum opens: which way will Ireland vote?
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Abortion referendum opens: which way will Ireland vote?

Tight result expected as pro-choice campaigners look to have the edge
25 May 2018
‘Alexa, who is God?’ C of E launches voice-activated service
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‘Alexa, who is God?’ C of E launches voice-activated service

Believers can now request prayers or find a church through their personal assistant device
24 May 2018
Mother jailed for forcing daughter to marry older man
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Mother jailed for forcing daughter to marry older man

Conviction of Birmingham woman marks first successful prosecution of its kind in UK
23 May 2018
Australian archbishop guilty of child sex abuse cover-up
 Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson releases white doves with schoolchildren in 2002
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Australian archbishop guilty of child sex abuse cover-up

Philip Wilson becomes the most senior Catholic in the world to be convicted of concealing abuse
23 May 2018
What are atheist churches?
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What are atheist churches?

Number of godless congregations growing across the Western world
21 May 2018
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