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26-12-2016 - Kristne og Israel - to meget forskellige vinkler i anl. af julen


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22-12-2016 - Kristne ledere idømt fængsel for at helbrede og "proselyttere"
Religionskonflikt

, Nepali church leaders found guilty of 'witchcraft' and 'violence'
A Nepali court has found four Christians guilty of 'violence' and 'witchcraft' against a severely mentally ill woman whom they sought to heal, even though she testified in court in their favour, saying she was now better. The four are sentenced to five years in prison. A fifth Christian, Rupa Thapa, was found not guilty and released after the hearing in the District Court of Salyan - a district in western Nepal. The five Christians had been imprisoned since July for witchcraft, forceful imprisonment and violence towards the woman, despite her husband also saying they are innocent. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

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Andre religioner
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18-12-2016 - Dilemmaet for de kristne i Syrien / Aleppo
Religionskonflikt

, Aleppo presents a moral dilemma for Christian leaders
The leaders of Syria's local churches have generally looked to President Bashar al-Assad as their protector; and their feeling that only Mr Assad guarantees their lives has deepened as the conflict has polarised, with fundamentalist Sunni fighters, murderously hostile to all other faiths, on one side and government forces backed by Shia militias and Russian air power on the other. In this state of affairs, only the latter coalition seems to offer Christian churches any chance of prolonging their precarious existence. Læs mere - [The Economist]

Syrien - Wikipedia
Kristendom
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14-12-2016 - Baltiske biskopper vurderer den russiske "fare" forskelligt
Politik - religion

, Catholics in Baltic states ponder response to new Russian aggressive..
Fears that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump might be unwilling to defend them have heightened the nervousness - and brought belated attempts at reassurance.
"I think a lot of this is exaggerated - and since it's so difficult to find the objective truth, it isn't surprising people are confused," said Fr. Paul Klavins, administrator at Riga, Latvia's St. James Cathedral and a spokesman for Latvia's church. "Information is manipulated all the time, via both major media networks and informal channels. But I don't sense there's any great perception of new insecurity among Catholics in daily life."
Further south in Lithuania, however, the dangers are being taken more seriously.. Læs mere - [National Catholic Reporter]

Letland - Wikipedia
Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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12-12-2016 - Evangelikal / Guldkrucifix. Vi behøver ikke en religiøs præsident
Politik - tro

Trump's religious dealmaking pays dividends
After pastor Mark Burns finished relaying religiously hued reassurances in a private conversation ahead of Trump's speech, the then-candidate turned to Burns' wife and offered his own, classically Trumpian expression of faith: He handed her a crucifix necklace made, in typical Trump style, of gold. "We don't need a religious president," said Burns, who was touched by the gift and recounted the story in a recent interview. "We need a president who can build relationships with people." Læs mere - [Politico]

USA - Wikipedia
Kristendom - evangelikal
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11-12-2016 - Trump øger kirkegang i progressive protestantiske kirke
Politik - tro

, Trump Is Bringing Progressive Protestants Back to Church
In the wake of Donald Trump's election, some conservative Christians have been reckoning with feelings of alienation from their peers, who generally voted for Trump in strong numbers. But at least some progressive Protestant churches are experiencing the opposite effect: People have been returning to the pews. Læs mere - [The Atlantic]

USA - Wikipedia
Kristendom
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11-12-2016 - Bombe dræber 25 ved ortodoks gudstjeneste i Cairo
Religionskonflikt - forfølgelse

, 25 killed by bomb blast near St Mark's Cathedral
A bomb blast has killed at least 25 people during Sunday mass inside a Cairo church near the main Coptic Christian cathedral, according to Egyptian state TV . The explosion ripped through St Peter's Church at around 10:00am local time, wounding at least another 49 people, according to Egyptian health ministry cited on state TV. Læs mere - [Aljazeera America]

Ægypten, Cairo - Wikipedia
Islam - kristendom
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07-12-2016 - Katolsk præst nægtet ret til at fungere som præst
Religionskonflikt

, State blocks parish priest nomination
The Belarusian government's senior religious affairs official has refused to allow Catholic priest Klemens Werth, a Russian citizen, to take up the ministry of parish priest in Vitebsk to which the Bishop had assigned him. Plenipotentiary for Religious and Ethnic Affairs Leonid Gulyako refused Bishop Oleg Butkevich's request for the compulsory state permission before any foreign citizen is allowed to exercise freedom of religion or belief publicly. Læs mere - [Forum 18]

Belarus - Wikipedia
Kristendom
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06-12-2016 - Lov om tro og religion under skarp kritik
Religionsfrihed

, Vietnam's Law on Belief and Religion 'deeply flawed'
Vietnam's National Assembly finally ratified (on 18 Nov.) its Law on Belief and Religion amid extensive criticism from parliamentarians, human rights and religious groups, who deem it to be below international standards for human rights.. /.. According to the national radio station, Voice of Vietnam, "religious dignitaries told the National Assembly that the approval of the law was a turning point in Vietnam's religious policy, which encourages religious followers to promote the values of religions and patriotism and combat hostile forces' intention to sabotage socialism". Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

Vietnam - Wikipedia
Flere
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06-12-2016 - Jo flere protestanter, jo flere ammer, jo flere katoliker, jo færre
Etik og moral

, Religion cited as influencing Irish low breastfeeding rates
Ireland's low breastfeeding rates may be the result of the country's strong Catholic heritage, a new international study suggests. Developed countries with higher proportions of Protestants tend to have higher rates of breastfeeding, according to the research published in the BMJ Global Health journal. Læs mere - [The Irish Times]

Irland - Wikipedia
Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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06-12-2016 - Evolutionslære og viden klimaforandringer truet i undervisninger
Videnskab og tro

, Evangelicals in Trump's Cabinet: Educators worry science will be..
Writing in Scientific American, Devin Powell quotes science education advocates warning that "the legitimization of such nonscientific views at the highest levels of government could trickle down to local policies." He writes that battles over how evolution and climate change should be taught are already being fought in states such as Louisiana and Texas, where there are bills in the state legislatures that would let teachers to treat the subjects as controversial. Læs mere - [WorldWide Religious News (WWRN)]

USA - Wikipedia
Kristendom
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03-12-2016 - Demonstrationer mod kristen guvenør - og for
Religionskonflikt

Tens of thousands of Indonesians rallied in the center of the capital
A demonstration against Ahok (the christian govenor) on Friday drew at least 200,000 people..Tens of thousands of Indonesians rallied in the center of the capital Jakarta on Sunday, calling for tolerance and unity after massive protests by conservative Muslims against the city's minority Christian governor. Læs mere - [WorldWide Religious News (WWRN) [AP]]

Indonesien - Wikipedia
Islam - kristendom
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25-11-2016 - Patriark og sheik retter i fællesskab kritik mod Saudiarabien
Religionsmøde - frihed/kritik

Sheikh blames Saudi Arabia for global rise of Islamist terrorism
The Patriarch criticised Western governments for being too "soft" on the Saudi government, which he linked to the actions of extremists radicalised by Wahhabism. "The West is concerned more about its economic interests and business dealings with Saudi than the persecution of minorities or killing of Christians . The British, the Americans are not putting pressure on Saudi Arabia . because their oil deals apparently are more important than the other things." Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

Saudiarabien - Wikipedia
Islam - kristendom
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18-11-2016 - Ugandas ældste stamme fordrevet fra deres land, nu kristnet
Mission

, Revival comes to Uganda's oldest living tribe
For the first time in centuries, a remote African tribe called the Batwa Pygmies is being introduced to Jesus Christ.
"We smoked, we drank, we performed witchcraft," said Jovanis Nyirakayanje, a Batwa Pygmy. "We were devil worshippers."For the first time in centuries, a remote African tribe called the Batwa Pygmies is being introduced to Jesus Christ. "We smoked, we drank, we performed witchcraft," said Jovanis Nyirakayanje, a Batwa Pygmy. "We were devil worshippers." Læs mere - [Gateway News]

Uganda, Kampala - Wikipedia
Kristendom
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18-11-2016 - Paven tager til genmæle mod modstandere blandt kardinalerne
Kirkeorden

, Pope Francis dismisses critics of his teachings
Pope Francis is firing back at foes of his efforts to make the Catholic church more open and pastoral in its ministry, telling an interviewer that "they are acting in bad faith to foment divisions." Læs mere - [National Catholic Reporter]
The pontiff's lengthy interview in Avvenire, the official newspaper of the Italian hierarchy, was published Friday and followed days of news coverage of demands by four hard-line cardinals who have grave concerns about Francis' approach.
The four say that focusing on ministering to people in their particular circumstances is eroding the church's doctrinal absolutes and that Francis must dispel any ambiguities or face serious consequences.

Vatikanet - Wikipedia
Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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18-11-2016 - Kristen guvenør under mistanke for blasfemi overfor koranen
Religionskonflikt

First Christian Governor in Indonesia Suspected of Blasphemy
Thousands of Indonesians protested this week after police named the first Christian governor of the nation's capital, Jakarta, as a suspect in a blasphemy investigation.
Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known as "Ahok," was appointed in 2014 after his ally and predecessor, Joko Widodo, was elected president. A key presidential ally, Ahok is running for re-election in February.
At issue is the way he used a verse in the Koran when speaking to a group of fishermen in September. "Do not believe everything that people say," he is reported to have said, "because often you are deceived by using 51st of Surah Al Maidah (the fifth chapter of the Qur'an)." Læs mere - [ChristianityToday]

Indonesien - Wikipedia
Islam - kristendom
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17-11-2016 - Officielt afkald på mission overfor jøder - Lut.Ev.Kirke i Tyskland
Mission - gensidig

, German Protestants officially renounce converting Jews to Christianity
The EKD's annual synod, which it calls its "church parliament," finally drew up a resolution that was passed unanimously on Nov. 9 in Magdeburg. It said that Christians "are not called to show Israel the path to God and his salvation." Since God never renounced his covenant with the Jews, his chosen people, they do not need to embrace the new Christian covenant to be saved, it said. Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

Tyskland - Wikipedia
Kristendom - jødedom
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17-11-2016 - Helgenkåring af radikal fredaktivist på vej
Kirkens liv

A SAINT FOR OUR TIME, NOW IN THE MAKING
Dorothy Day was born in 1897 into a non-practising Episcopalian family; she died on 29 November 1980, aged 83. She became a journalist, activist and suffragette, living a bohemian life among socialists and anarchists, actors and artists in New York and Chicago. From her earliest days, as she recounts in her autobiography The Long Loneliness, she was on a spiritual quest. She had several lovers, including the editor and writer Lionel Moise, the father of the child she aborted; possibly, too, the playwright Eugene O'Neill. She was also briefly married to Berkeley Tobey, founder of the Literary Guild. She fell in love with the anarchist Forster Batterham, and had an overwhelming experience of God's love through her love for him and in giving birth to their daughter, Tamar - whom she had baptised as a Catholic before being conditionally baptised herself. Læs mere - [The Tablet]

USA - Wikipedia
Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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17-11-2016 - Bogstavelig bibellæsning giver bedre kirkevækst
Kirkens liv

, Literal interpretation of Bible 'helps increase church attendance'
Churches that are theologically conservative with beliefs based on a literal interpretation of the Bible grow faster than those with a liberal orientation, according to a five-year academic study. "If we are talking solely about what belief system is more likely to lead to numerical growth among Protestant churches, the evidence suggests conservative Protestant theology is the clear winner," said David Haskell, the Canadian study's lead researcher. Læs mere - [The Guardian]

Globalt - Wikipedia
Kristendom, protestantisk
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14-11-2016 - Trump: homoægteskaber er en realitet .. og flere andre artikler
Politik - tro

, Reactions on the Election of Donald Trump

Reaktioner på valget af Trump

Green alert
Religious environmentalists gird themselves for a Trump presidency
"I am dismayed and scared for what this means for the poor, for Creation and for all of our descendants," said Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb. More from Religion News Service
Might be awkward?
President-elect Donald Trump says same-sex marriage is 'settled' law
"It's law," he said in an interview with CBS. "It was settled in the Supreme Court. I mean, it's done." More from ABC News
Blowback
Trump draws rebuke for 'alt-right' White House pick. Jewish and Muslim groups were among those denouncing Trump's appointment of Steve Bannon as senior adviser and chief strategist, despite his long affiliation with the white nationalist movement. More from The Daily Beast Læs mere - [Kirken Update]

USA - Wikipedia
Kristendom
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12-11-2016 - Trump - og Clinton. Den katolske kirke må løfte en profetisk stemme
Politik - religion

In response to Trump, Vatican official says church should be prophetic
The "worst aspect" of Trump is his "unpredictability," said Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, former Vatican representative to U.N. agencies in Geneva. Nor did Hillary Clinton lack for criticism. "Pope Francis is fighting against ideology," noted Pierre. "I was amazed to listen to the last speech of Mrs. Clinton on television - this is complete ideology. The lady has not understood a thing. It is terrible. This is why she failed. She is enclosed in ideology." Læs mere - [National Catholic Reporter]

USA - Wikipedia
Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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09-11-2016 - Kirkeliv i Aleppo
Religionsmøde islam-kristendom

, Syrian Christian pastor -"I don't feel 'seduced' to leave Aleppo"
Pastor "Alim" (his name for security reasons): Beyond the clouds of war, Alim can see a silver lining: "Because of the crisis, bridges are being built with people we never had contact with before. We started visiting families, we organize camps for children who are not Christians, and their mothers also come." Before we heard people saying: 'Here come the infidels'. Now people are different.. "I feel a calling of God. He wants me to be here till the end, as long as there is work to do in Aleppo. It wasn't an easy decision. My wife has the same calling. I tried to persuade her to move to a safer area. She didn't want to; she wants to be with me." Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

Syrien - Wikipedia
Kristendom - islam
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09-11-2016 - Evangelikale stemte overvejende for Trump [Flere artikler]
Politik - tro

Evangelicals voted for Donald Trump [Several articles
Exit polls show white evangelical voters voted in high numbers for Donald Trump, 81-16 percent, according to exit poll results. That's the most they have voted for a Republican presidential candidate since 2004, when they overwhelmingly chose President George W. Bush by a margin of 78-21 percent. -- [See also: What encourages me about this election and After Trump, Should Evangelical Christians Part Ways?] -- Læs mere - [Washington Post]

USA - Wikipedia
Kristendom - evangelikal
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07-11-2016 - Vatikanet fordømmer ordination af biskopper uden om paven
Kirkeorden

, Vatican condemns self-ordination of Chinese priests as illegal
The Vatican has condemned the ordinations of priests in China's underground Catholic Church as a "grave violation" of canon law. In a strongly worded statement released Monday (Nov. 7), the Vatican sought to defuse ongoing tensions with China as negotiations continue on a broader agreement on bishop nominations. Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

Kina - Wikipedia
Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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03-11-2016 - Feminister: Paven demonstrerer at en reformation stadig er nødvendig
Seksualitet - det kirkelige embede

Francis proves Catholic church still needs a Reformation
Francis had stirred some hope among people (like myself) who favor the ordination of women when he started that commission to study the question of women deacons. But alas! He has now fallen for the party line. Maybe he was always in that camp, but he never said so before. Læs mere - [National Catholic Reporter]
Ironically, Francis had just finished a major celebration, kicking off the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, in Sweden. And he was embraced there by a woman who is the primate of the Church of Sweden, Archbishop Antje Jackelen.

Vatikanet - Wikipedia
Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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26-10-2016 - Kristen tro - før en sygdom, nu tolereret
Religionskonflikt - undertrykkelse

, Christianity once considered a 'disease', but now 'tolerated' in Cuba
However, after constitutional reforms in 1992 and the global decline of socialism, life for Christians in Cuba started to improve and churches even experienced growth. Today, "persecution" is not normally spoken of; instead Christians speak about a "tolerance" or "flexibility". On the surface, Cuban Christians now appear to enjoy total religious freedom, but, very subtly, the government still maintains a certain control. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

Cuba - Wikipedia
Kristendom
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25-10-2016 - Kristne i Irak bange for at vende tilbage til befriede byer
Religionskonflikt

, More Iraqi towns 'freed' but Nineveh Christians not confident about..
As prayers were offered in Syriac in front of the altar of the trashed church of Mart Shmoni in the recently freed town of Bartella, more homes where Christians used to live in Iraq's north-eastern Nineveh Plain were being claimed back from the Islamic State (IS). Qaraqosh, Iraq's largest Christian town, has been regained by Iraqi forces, sources close to the area, have told World Watch Monitor. Also known by its Syriac name, Baghdeda was home to 50,000-60,000 people (95% Christian) before IS invaded it in 2014. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

Irak - Wikipedia
Kristendom
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22-10-2016 - Kristne byer befriede under fremrykningen mod Mosul
Religionskonflikt

, Iraqi army drives ISIS from Christian region near Mosul
A military statement said Iraqi units entered the center of Qaraqosh, a mainly Christian town about 20 km (13 miles) southeast of Mosul, and were carrying out mop-up operations across the town. Further action was under way to seize a neighboring Christian village, Karamless, also known as Karemlash in the Syriac language. The region's population fled in the summer of 2014, when Islamic State swept in. Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

Irak - Wikipedia
Kristendom
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14-10-2016 - Jesuitternes nye leder latinamerikaner
Personalia og biografi

New Jesuit leader is Latin American, like the pope
The Venezuelan's election reflects the global demographic shift in the church, and in the Society of Jesus in particular. Nearly 60 percent of the delegates to this year's congregation came from the Global South, from Africa to Latin America. Kesicki (president of the U.S. Jesuit conference) said Francis had put the Jesuits in the "global spotlight" and the Jesuits were seeing strong growth, particularly in the Asia Pacific region, in countries including India and Vietnam. Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

Vatikanet - Wikipedia
Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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14-10-2016 - En religiøs/kristen poet får Nobelprisen: Bob Dylan
Kultur

12 Times Listening To Bob Dylan's Lyrics Is A Spiritual Experience
With the 2017-jubilee year of the lutheran reformation ahead the editors Dylan-quote will be: "Gotta serve somebody. It may be the Devil, it may be the Lord" - from "Slow train coming" - but here you can find 12 other remarkable quotes.. Læs mere - [Huffpost Religion]

USA - Wikipedia
Kristendom
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13-10-2016 - Mere end 700 kristne kvinder fordømmer Trumps kvindesyn
Seksualitet - det civile liv

More Than 700 Christian Women Condemn Trump's Misogyny In Powerful..
Christian women across the country are banding together to send a strong message about Donald Trump's misogyny. More than 700 Christian clergy and lay leaders have signed a letter that strongly condemns the abusive remarks Trump has made towards women. Læs mere - [Huffpost Religion]

USA - Wikipedia
Kristendom
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11-10-2016 - Hvide, evangelikale støtter stadig Trump
Politik - religion

, Poll: Trump support remains steady among evangelicals
Donald Trump's support has plummeted in the past week - but white evangelicals are sticking with him. "Among religious groups, white evangelical Protestants are the only ones who are standing firm right now," said Dan Cox, research director at the Public Religion Research Institute, which conducted the poll with The Atlantic Survey. Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

USA - Wikipedia
Kristendom
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06-10-2016 - Fire kateketer myrdet i narkoområde - tidligere tre præster
Politik - sociale forhold

, Four catechists murdered in Mexico, presumably by drug gangs
Four Catholic catechists were found dead on Tuesday in Mexico, coming hard on the heels of the murder of three Catholic priests. Areas of Mexico under the control of drug cartels and criminal gangs are considered among the most dangerous areas of the world for Catholic pastoral workers. Læs mere - [Crux - Covering all things Catholic]

Mexico - Wikipedia
Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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30-09-2016 - Paven kritiserer forsigtigt Rusland
Politik - magtkritik

In ex-Soviet Georgia, pope issues veiled criticism of Russia
Pope Francis called for respect for international law and the sovereign rights of nations as he arrived in Georgia, an implicit criticism of Russia, which keeps troops in two breakaway areas of the ex-Soviet state. But Francis measured his words carefully, in an apparent attempt not to hurt the Vatican's increasingly warm ties with the Kremlin-backed Russian Orthodox Church. Læs mere - [Reuters]

Georgien - Wikipedia
Kristendom
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30-09-2016 - Næsten 50% af skotterne tror ikke / har ingen religion
Sekularisering

, Almost 50% of Scotland does not believe in religion
Religion is on the decline in Scotland. Research by the Scottish Household Survey shows only half of Scots today have any religious affiliation. The number of non-religious Scots has risen to 49.8 percent from 40 percent in 2009. The number of Scots who identified themselves with the Church of Scotland has dropped from 34 percent to 25 percent. Læs mere - [WorldWide Religious News (WWRN)]

Skotland - Wikipedia
Kristendom
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30-09-2016 - Evangelikale får stor politisk - konservativ - indflydelse
Politik - tro

, Could Evangelical Christians Soon Be Running Brazil?
Evangelicals and their favoured candidates at the polls are benefiting from a recent ban on companies funding election campaigns in Brazil. Individuals are still allowed to make personal donations to election campaigns. Brazil's massive evangelical revival that has taken off in the last decade in particular is now seeing influential pastors directing their congregations, who often number many thousands, to donate to invididual politicians. Conservative Christians in particular are benefiting from this. Læs mere - [Christian Today]

Brasilien - Wikipedia
Kristendom - evangelikal
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29-09-2016 - Grosbøll i Canada. Tro på teistisk Gud er afgudsdyrkelse
Teologi

Can an atheist lead a Protestant church? A battle over religion
The Rev. Gretta Vosper is a dynamic, activist minister with a loyal following at her Protestant congregation in suburban Toronto. She is also an outspoken atheist. "We don't talk about God," Vosper said in an interview, describing services at her West Hill United Church, adding that it's time the church gave up on "the idolatry of a theistic god." Vosper's decision to reject God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit and to turn her church into a haven for nonbelievers "looking for a community that will help them create meaningful lives without God" has become too much even for the liberal-minded United Church of Canada. Læs mere - [WorldWide Religious News (WWRN)]
The United Church, the country's largest Protestant denomination, has begun an extraordinary process that could end up stripping Vosper of her rights to continue as a minister.

Canada,Toronto - Wikipedia
Kristendom
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25-09-2016 - Titusinder marcherer mod homo-ægteskaber
Seksualitet - det civile liv

, Tens of thousands march against gay marriage in Mexico
Tens of thousands of people marched through Mexico City on Saturday in opposition to President Enrique Pena Nieto's push to legalize same-sex marriage. Organizers of the National Front for the Family estimated at least 215,000 people participated, and while that number could not be immediately confirmed, it was clearly one of the largest protest marches in Mexico in recent years. Læs mere - [Crux - Covering all things Catholic]

Mexico - Wikipedia
Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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23-09-2016 - Ortodoks-romersk katolsk enighed - og uenigheder
Økumene

Catholics, Orthodox sign agreement on synodality and primacy
At an ecumenical gathering held this week, representatives of the Catholic and Orthodox Churches signed a joint document regarding synodality and primacy during the first millennium. The agreement can point to ways of "resolving problems still existing between Catholics and Orthodox today," said Msgr. Andrea Palmieri, undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Læs mere - [Patheos]

Italien - Wikipedia
Kristendom - mellemkirkeligt
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22-09-2016 - Kritik af koptiske kirkes støtte til el-Sissi
Politik - religion

, Egypt's Coptic church criticized over el-Sissi rallies at UN
Egypt's Christian minority, which accounts for about 10 percent of the nation's 91 million people, has strongly supported el-Sissi since he took office a year after the military, to the relief of most Christians, overthrew an elected Islamist president in 2013. But on Wednesday, nearly 800 Christians, including authors, academics, activists and professionals, signed an online statement expressing concern about what they see as the church's deepening involvement in politics. "We stress our opposition to Egyptian churches taking the lead in mobilizing demonstrations, regardless of whether they are for or against the president. It's a departure from the rules of democracy as well as dragging religion into politics," the statement said. "We urge Egyptian churches to stay clear of politics and restrict themselves to their spiritual and religious tasks." Læs mere - [WorldWide Religious News (WWRN)]

Ægypten - Wikipedia
Kristendom - koptisk
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21-09-2016 - Den katolske kirkes forbud mod prævention under lærd udfordring
Etik og moral

, Catholic church's total ban on contraception challenged by scholars
Nearly 50 years since Pope Paul VI issued Humanae Vitae, the encyclical that rejected the use of artificial birth control, a group of prominent Catholic theologians, ethicists and physicians has produced a report reassessing and challenging the papal document. The report, entitled, "Promoting Good Health and Good Conscience: The Ethics of Using Contraceptives," was commissioned by the Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research, an independent think-tank based in London. Læs mere - [National Catholic Reporter]

England - Wikipedia
Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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20-09-2016 - Gud og fædreland..
Politik - tro

, Why 'God And Country' Christianity Is Just Another Phony Prosperity
This form of American Christianity is a frustrating faction of the faith. There are passionate but generic references to God, calls for fervent prayer and public pleas for "morality." But the alleged No. 1 devotion to God is usually tied to a No. 1a devotion to the Stars and Stripes, as if one must always be tied to the other. It's a gospel that pays lip service to a god that's in control, but it's heavy on emotions that say man is really the one who protects us. In other words, it's a gospel that downplays or ignores the complete sovereignty of God. Læs mere - [Huffpost Religion]

USA - Wikipedia
Kristendom
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20-09-2016 - Forfølgelse af kristne i Pakistan - forskellige konkrete sager
Religionskonflikt

, Christian boy, 16, arrested for Kaaba 'blasphemy'
A 16-year-old Christian boy has been accused of committing blasphemy by "liking" and sharing a post on Facebook which "defamed and disrespected" the Kaaba in Mecca, the building at the centre of Islam's most sacred mosque. Most of the Christians in the boy's village have since fled their homes for fear of an angry backlash against them. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

Pakistan, Islamabad - Wikipedia
Islam - kristendom
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15-09-2016 - Kirke i vestukraine besat og taget af nationalister
Religionskonflikt

, Schismatics and nationalists seize a church in western Ukraine
Representatives of the self-proclaimed Kiev Patriarchate and the Right Sector (organization banned in Russia - IF) captured St. Anna Church in the Kuty village in the Ternopol Region, Ukraine. "Church raiders cut the lock and rushed into the church, not letting there the UOC believers, who are legal owners of the church," press service of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church reports. The church was closed about half a year ago when schismatics started regularly interrupting divine services of the local Orthodox community. Læs mere - [Interfax]

Ukraine - Wikipedia
Kristendom, ortodoks
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15-09-2016 - Jimmy Carter opfordrer kirker til at kæmpe mod racisme
Politik - racisme

Carter urges faith leaders to combat 'resurgence of racism'
Jimmy Carter says the United States is experiencing a "resurgence of racism" and he's calling on Baptist faith leaders to foster change in their churches and communities. The former U.S. president spoke Thursday at a summit hosted by the New Baptist Covenant, which he convened in 2007 to unite Baptists of different races, ethnicities and theologies. Læs mere - [Washington Post]

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14-09-2016 - Præst nægtet indrejse på grund af forkyndelse
Seksualitet - det civile liv

Anti-gay pastor barred from South-Africa
Pastor Steven Anderson has one name for what he planned to do in South Africa: "soul-winning." The country's minister of home affairs had some different words for Anderson and members of his church: "I am certain they promote hate speech as well as advocate social violence." The Arizona preacher has a history of inflammatory statements against LGBT people, and now his words have gotten him barred from entering South Africa. Læs mere - [WorldWide Religious News (WWRN)]

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11-09-2016 - Danmarks siger nej til kvoteflygtninge
Politik - tro

, Denmark says it will not join EU refugee quotas, has taken its share
Denmark will not take part in a scheme to share out 160,000 refugees proposed by European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker, integration minister Inger Stojberg said on Friday. Denmark, like Britain, has opted out of European Union Justice and Home Affairs rules covering some aspects of immigration and as such is not obliged to take part in any EU schemes on sharing out refugees. "We're not going to take any of the 160,000 asylum seekers that need to be distributed on Monday," Stojberg told journalists. "There are two reasons: Partly because we have a justice opt-out, and partly because we have taken our share." Læs mere - [Reuters]

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10-09-2016 - Følgerne for kristne i Mellemøsten af USAs reaktion på 9/11
Politik - magtkritik

How the response to 9/11 affected Christians in the Middle East
"The U.S. Catholic bishops, in their statement after the Sept.11 attacks, made it clear that the response has to be a response that brings more peace for all, not just greater security for U.S. citizens," said Maryann Cusimano Love, an international relations professor at the Catholic University of America. U.S. Catholics must see themselves as part of "a global Church, and that as followers of Christ, the Prince of Peace, He came to bring peace for all, not for a narrow band," she told CNA. Læs mere - [Patheos]

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06-09-2016 - Præst undgår fyring for at have viet homoseksuelt par
Seksualitet - det kirkelige embede

Charlotte pastor who married same-sex couple will keep job, avoid chur
A United Methodist pastor in Charlotte will not face a church trial or lose her job for officiating at the same-sex wedding in April of two members of her church in uptown. The Rev. Val Rosenquist married John Romano and Jim Wilborne, who became the first same-sex couple in North Carolina to be wed - at least publicly - in a United Methodist church. Læs mere - [Charlotte Observer]

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05-09-2016 - Mother Teresa - helgenkåret - ikke uden modsigelse
Kirkens liv

MotherTeresaMother Teresa, What Mother Teresa's canonization means to the people of India
It's a great moment of joy and satisfaction for the Christians in India and also as a nation for the society in India, that one of our citizens and one of us is being greatly honored by respective bodies in the world. For example, starting with the most valued honor given to Mother Teresa when she was living: "Bharat Ratna" that means, the "Jewel of India." (editors note: She received the title in March 1980). [KirkenUpdate's editor: Mother Thereses canonization meets critique as well: Mother Teres was no saint. - But read what archbishop of India says about the meaning of her canonization for India: Læs mere - [Patheos]

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Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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30-08-2016 - Lutherske kirker: Vækst i syd og øst, nedgang i nord og vest
Statistik

, More than 74 million members in LWF's 145 churches
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) churches around the world currently bring together more than 74 million members. This represents an increase of 2.1 million since 2013, with membership generally growing significantly in the global South while declining in the North. The survey of membership statistics among the 145 LWF churches around the world found that for the first time, the largest churches in the Lutheran communion are in the global South: Ethiopia and Tanzania. Læs mere - [Lutheran World Federation]

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Kristendom -luth.-evangel.
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28-08-2016 - Pinsekirken overtager pladsen som næststørst i Australien
Udbredelse - kirkeretninger

, The New Normal? Pentecostalism Overtakes Anglicanism in Sydney.
According to the latest National Church Life Survey, the Pentecostals have overtaken Anglicans as Australia's second largest religious group by attendance, behind the Catholic Church.. [Commentary by Paul Oslington] Læs mere - [ABC Religion and Ethics - Australia]

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Kristendom
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28-08-2016 - Ikke kun cricket - anglikansk missionsteologi
Mission - kirkens stil

, It's Just Not Cricket: An Anglican Theology of Mission
I am talking about cricket, but I could of course be, and really ought to be, talking about the story of Anglican Christianity in the last two centuries. I think the analogy is enjoyable, but I don't think it is trivial: the points of connection between the two are multiple. Cricket and Anglican Christianity both came to the colonies of the Empire in institutional form; but as the tide of Empire has receded, both cricket and Anglicanism have been left on the shore. [Aticle by Michael Jensen] Læs mere - [ABC Religion and Ethics - Australia]

Australien - Wikipedia
Anglikansk
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26-08-2016 - Sult, abort, race -evangelikales vej til social/politisk nyorientering
Etik og moral

, Evangelicals and Race-A New Chapter
Evangelicals are sensitive to what we call "God moments"-when circumstances fall together in a way that suggests God is at work in our lives in a fresh way. Mainstream white evangelicals have experienced collective "God moments." In the 1970s, few churches concerned themselves with the relief of world hunger. Læs mere - [ChristianityToday]

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Kristendom - evangelikal
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16-08-2016 - Fordrevne af Boko Haram begynder at vende tilbage
Religionskonflikt

, Nigerian Christians return to rebuild lives in communities liberated..
Nigerian Christians displaced by Boko Haram are beginning to return home. They are being encouraged by the government, which has won back territory from the insurgents but which is also struggling to provide enough aid. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

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08-08-2016 - Politik på prædikestolen
Politik - tro

, Many Americans Hear Politics From the Pulpit
As the calendar turned from spring to summer and the political season transitioned from the primaries to the general election campaign, many American churchgoers were hearing at least some discussion of social and political issues from the pulpits at their houses of worship, a new Pew Research Center survey finds. Religious liberty and homosexuality were chief among the issues they were hearing about, with four-in-ten saying they heard from clergy on each of these topics during the spring and early summer. Roughly three-in-ten say their clergy talked about abortion, similar to the share who heard about immigration. And one-in-five churchgoers reported hearing about the environment and economic inequality. Læs mere - [Pew Research Center for the People & the Press]

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08-08-2016 - Maksimum straf (5 års fængsel) til syg mand for blasfemi
Religionskonflikt

Algerian Christian gets maximum sentence for 'blasphemy'
A Christian in Algeria has been sentenced to five years in prison - the maximum term - and given a heavy fine for blasphemy against Islam and its prophet, for a social media post. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]
Slimane Bouhafs, 49, appeared before a judge on 7 Aug in the eastern town of Setif (300km from Algiers, the capital) in the Kabylie region. He was arrested on 31 July for posting a message on social media about the light of Jesus overcoming the "lie" of Islam and its prophet. He also published photos showing the execution of a civilian by an Islamist terrorist.

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Islam - kristendom
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04-08-2016 - Olympiadens religiøse rødder - oprindeligt og i moderne tid
Kultur

God and the games
..Pierre de Coubertin, a French aristocrat educated by Jesuits, was raised in 19th-century France torn by war. He admired the ancient Greeks for the way they held a peace every four years to stage the Olympiad. In 1889, as a means of promoting peace between nations and remaking French athleticism, de Coubertin got the idea to revive the games... Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

Brasilien - Wikipedia
Flere
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02-08-2016 - Kommission skal studere kvindens rolle i urkirken
Seksualitet - det kirkelige embede

Pope orders study of women's role in early Church, cheering equality..
Pope Francis has set up a commission to study the role of women deacons in early Christianity, the Vatican said on Tuesday, raising hopes among equality campaigners that women could one day have a far greater say in the Roman Catholic Church. The Church bans women from all but a few decision-making roles and the pope and his predecessors have ruled out allowing them to become priests. But advocates said Francis's move might make it easier for a future pope to study whether to allow that. Læs mere - [Reuters]

Vatikanet - Wikipedia
Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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26-07-2016 - Iransk præst - igen arresteret, nu anklaget for trussel mod sikkerhed
Religionskonflikt - forfølgelse

Iranian Christian Nadarkhani now charged with 'acting against national
An Iranian Christian leader once sentenced to death for apostasy, Youcef Nadarkhani, has now been charged (on 24 July) with acting against national security.
Nadarkhani, who belongs to the non-Trinitarian Church of Iran, was released on 24 July on the condition of raising 1 billion rials (US$ 32,000) for bail within a week, or facing arrest.
He was also accused of being Zionist and informed that he had no right to evangelise.
Nadarkhani was initially arrested in 2009 and charged with apostasy after questioning why his children's school only taught Islam in their religious education, which he said was unconstitutional. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

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26-07-2016 - Fransk præst myrdet i sin kirke. Pave og den lokale imam fordømmer
Religionskonflikt - forfølgelse

Pope Francis condemns slaying of French priest
Armed men burst into the church in the small town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in Normandy and slit the throat of the Rev. Jacques Hamel as he was celebrating Mass before a smattering of mostly elderly Catholics on Tuesday (July 26). The slain priest, who was in his mid-80s, was one of several people taken hostage by the two attackers, who authorities said had claimed to be from Daesh, the Arabic term for the Islamic State group. Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

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Islam - kristendom
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21-07-2016 - Trods beskyttelsespenge blev Mosuls ærkebiskop kidnappet og dræbt
Religionskonflikt - forfølgelse

, Iraq's Mosul Archbishop had to pay 'protection money' before his 2008
The Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, who was murdered by militias in 2008, paid protection money to safeguard his clergy for years before his kidnapping and death, an aide has told World Watch Monitor. Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho was abducted in February 2008 from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, which was then a stronghold of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, which developed into the group known as Islamic State, whose occupation of the city has just entered its third year. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

Irak - Wikipedia
Islam - kristendom
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21-07-2016 - Evangelikale stemmer på Trump for at undgå Clinton
Politik - tro

, Evangelical Leaders Advise Voting for Lesser Evil
The Clinton qualifier reflects the mixed feelings many evangelicals have on this year's presidential picks. Despite previously stating he couldn't support the Republican candidate, Dobson remarked last month that he believed Trump had recently made a genuine commitment to faith and was now a "baby Christian." More than 3 in 4 white evangelicals like Dobson are voting Trump this November, according to the Pew Research Center. However, it's mostly a vote against Clinton, not in support of Trump himself. Læs mere - [ChristianityToday]

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19-07-2016 - Kirke angrebet under kupforsøget i Tyrkiet
Religionskonflikt - forfølgelse

, Turkey: churches targeted during attempted coup
Two churches in cities in eastern Turkey infamous as the sites of historic killings of Christians were vandalised during the attempted coup on 15 July, reports Middle East Concern.
One of the attacks took place in the city of Malatya, where three Christians were tortured and killed in 2007, leading to a still-ongoing court case against the five suspects. Turkish Christians had hoped for a final verdict last month, but the trial was instead adjourned until September.Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

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Islam - kristendom
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29-06-2016 - Stop for al evangelisering uden for den nationale kirke
Religionskonflikt

Russia's Proposed Law: No Evangelizing Outside of Church
Christians in Russia won't be allowed to email their friends an invitation to church or to evangelize in their own homes if Russia's newest set of surveillance and anti-terrorism laws are enacted. The proposed laws, considered the country's most restrictive measures in post-Soviet history, place broad limitations on missionary work, including preaching, teaching, and engaging in any activity designed to recruit people into a religious group. Læs mere - [ChristianityToday]

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Kristendom
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19-06-2016 - Første ortodokse konsil siden 787 mangler 1/3 af de ortodokse
Økumene

, Orthodox Churches council opens on Crete despite Russia's absence
A historic gathering of Orthodox Churches has opened on the Greek island of Crete, despite the absence of four denominations including the Russians. The Holy and Great Council had been billed as the first meeting of fellow Church leaders since 787 AD. The Russians decided to stay away after the Churches of Antioch, Bulgaria and Georgia refused to take part after disputes about the meeting. Læs mere - [BBC]

Grækenland - Wikipedia
Kristendom, ortodoks
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17-06-2016 - Kristne i Aleppo giver mad til fattige muslimer under ramadanen
Religionsmøde - fælles handlen

, Christians in Aleppo offer food to poor Muslims during Ramadan
A communique released by Syriac Orthodox archdiocese said the initiative is a simple gesture aimed at expressing solidarity between people of different religious backgrounds with the hope that it will, in time, help to restore the peaceful coexistence that existed among Syria's various religious and ethnic communities before the war. Læs mere - [Patheos]

Syrien - Wikipedia
Kristendom, syrisk-ortodoks
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17-06-2016 - En Schweizisk missionær, nonne, er stadig i live
Religionskonflikt - forfølgelse

Swiss missionary kidnapped in Mali 'still alive'
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has released a video, purporting to show that a Swiss nun kidnapped in Mali in January is alive and in good health. The three-minute video, posted on social media yesterday (16 June), shows a veiled Beatrice Stockly speaking in French, saying that she has been detained for 130 days but is in good health and has been treated well, although it has been very hot. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

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Islam - kristendom
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15-06-2016 - Præst beklager at ikke flere homoseksuelle blev skudt
Seksualitet - det civile liv

Pastor refuses to mourn Orlando victims: 'The tragedy is that more of
Following the deadliest shooting in U.S. history, a preacher stood at his pulpit Sunday night in Northern California and delivered an impassioned sermon praising the brutal massacre at a gay nightclub in Florida. Pastor Roger Jimenez from Verity Baptist Church in Sacramento.. Læs mere - [Washington Post]

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Kristendom
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12-06-2016 - Muslimske naboer er med til at genopbygge kirke
Religionsmøde - fælles handlen

, Muslim farmers build church for Christian neighbours
Muslim farmers in a village in near the city of Gojra in Pakistan's Punjab province are putting their savings together and helping build a church for the Christians in their neighbourhood. Læs mere - [BBC]

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Islam - kristendom
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10-06-2016 - Maria Magdalene, apostlenes apostel, får egen festdag
Kirkens liv

Mary Magdalene, apostle of the apostles
Vatican City, 10 June 2016 - As expressly wished by the Holy Father, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has published a new decree, dated 3 June 2016, Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, by which the celebration of St. Mary Magdalene, currently obligatory memory, will be elevated in the general calendar to the level of a feast day.
Archbishop Arthur Roche, secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, explains the meaning of the decree that will enable Mary Magdalene to be "celebrated" liturgically like the rest of the apostles. "The decision is situated in the current ecclesial context, which calls upon us to reflect more deeply on the dignity of women, the new evangelisation and the greatness of the mystery of divine mercy. Læs mere - [Vatican Information Service]

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Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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09-06-2016 - Mpo Tutus sorg over ikke at kunne fortsætte som præst..
Seksualitet - det kirkelige embede


For someone who is in love and recently married, a wedge of "very odd pain" is lodged in Mpho Tutu van Furth's heart. It is caused by the South African Anglican church's refusal to allow the daughter of one of the world's best known Christian leaders to continue to work as a priest after she married the person with whom she has pledged to share the rest of her life: a woman. Læs mere - [The Guardian]

Sydafrika - Wikipedia
Kristendom, anglikansk
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03-06-2016 - Flygtninge og immigranter er en del af os
Politik - flygtninge

Refugees are Part of us, says Archbishop
Archbishop Bhuti Tlhagale of the Catholic Archdiocese of Johannesburg, has stated that migrants and refugees "are our brothers and sisters in search of a better life, far away from hunger, poverty, exploitation and the unjust distribution of the planet`s resources, which are meant to be equitably shared by all." Archbishop Tlhagale was speaking in his capacity as the Liaison Bishop of migrants and refugees of Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC) during a roundtable meeting on policy and legislative changes to the Refugee Act that was organized by the Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa (SIHMA), Vatican Radio reported. Læs mere - [Catholic Information Service for Africa]

Sydafrika - Wikipedia
Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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03-06-2016 - En million pilgrimme til den årlige Uganda Martyrs Day
Kirkens liv

, Over 1M Pilgrims Throng Namugongo Martyrs' Shrines
Over one million pilgrims are attending the Martyrs' Day celebrations at Namugongo Shrines today for the annual Uganda Martyrs day. Læs mere - [Catholic Information Service for Africa]
The pilgrims, according to the organizing committee of the event, are drawn from Uganda and other African countries including 4000 from Kenya, 4,500 from Tanzania, 300 from Burundi and 1,500 from Rwanda. This year's celebrations are organized by the Catholic diocese of Kiyinda -Mityana under the theme; "The Truth Will Set You Free."

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Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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01-06-2016 - Millioner forbereder at fejre de kristne forfædre i Afrika
Kirkens liv

, 'Forefathers' of Christianity in Africa
Christians in the East African nation of Uganda are preparing to celebrate Martyrs Day on June 3. Læs mere - [CBN News]
The day commemorates the martyrdom of 45 Ugandan men who converted to Christianity between the years of 1885 and 1887. The story goes that the king of the country at that time was so outraged by their decision to convert that he ordered the mostly young men to be burnt to death.

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Kristendom
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28-05-2016 - Kristen præst forgiftet af incesticider
Religionskonflikt

, Christian Pastor In Uganda Dies After Being Poisoned With Insecticide
A Christian pastor has died in Uganda after being poisoned with insecticide. He had previously survived being attacked with knives. Læs mere - [Black Christian News]
Sources in his village said Micah Byamukama, pastor of Kasecha Baptist Church in Kibuku District, died after he challenged belief in supernatural creatures in Arabic mythology.

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Islam - kristendom
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26-05-2016 - Tvunget nøgen rundt i gaderne - søn beskyldt for forhold til muslim
Religionskonflikt - forfølgelse

, Elderly Christian woman stripped naked and paraded through streets
Elderly Christian woman stripped naked and paraded through streets by mob. The 300-strong mob of Muslim men in rural Egypt also burned down seven homes belonging to Orthodox Coptic families, over rumours of an affair between a local Christian man and a Muslim woman Læs mere - [The Independent]

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Islam - kristendom
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20-05-2016 - Afrikanske kirker er bekymrede for den kristenhed som bragte dem troen
Teologi

African Methodists worry about the church that brought them Christi..
"It's mind-boggling, and it baffles the Christian leader from Africa - I speak for all of Africa - it baffles the mind of the Christian leader from Africa, who ascribes to the whole Bible as his or her primary authority for faith and practice, to see and to hear that cultural Christianity can take the place of the Bible. United Methodists in America and other parts of the world are far going away from Scripture and giving in to cultural Christianity," Kulah said. Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

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Kristendom - metodister
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18-05-2016 - Paven åbner Vatikanet for tre flygtningefamilier
Politik - flygtninge

Syrian refugees sheltered by pope describe 'miracle' journey
Three Syrian families flown to Rome by Pope Francis are calling their trip from the battle lines of a five-year civil war to safety in the shadow of the Vatican a "miracle" journey. The heart of Rome's Trastevere neighborhood, with its picturesque cobbled streets and vine-covered walls, could not be farther from the asylum-seeker camp the Muslim families were living in just three days ago. Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

Vatikanet - Wikipedia
Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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18-05-2016 - Katolske nonner presser på for at kvinder kan blive viet som diakon
Seksualitet - det kirkelige embede

Top nun pushes for greater role for Catholic women
Catholic sisters globally would be better-equipped to carry out their work if they could become deacons, the head of a global network of nuns has said, an important marker in the sharp debate over women deacons that Pope Francis opened last week. "We are already doing so many things that resemble what a deacon would do, although it would help us to do a bit more service if we were ordained deacons," Sister Carmen Sammut, president of the International Union of Superiors General, or UISG, told RNS. Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

USA - Wikipedia
Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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17-05-2016 - Metodistkirken kæmper for bevarelse af enheden
Seksualitet - det kirkelige embede

Methodist leader acknowledges struggle to maintain unity
The United Methodist Church is struggling to maintain unity amid deep divisions over Scripture and sexuality, the presiding bishop of America's second-largest Protestant denomination acknowledged. Responding to rumors of a potential breakup at the quadrennial United Methodist General Conference, Bishop Bruce Ough said Tuesday (May 17) that the leadership is "not advancing or advocating any plan of separation or reorganization of the denomination." Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

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Kristendom - metodister
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16-05-2016 - Konvertit chikaneres
Religionskonflikt

Hostile homecoming for Mexican Protestant after exile
Lauro Pérez Nez, a convert to the Protestant faith, was ordered to leave his community last year for violating what local authorities claimed was the village's "custom" of belonging to the "traditionalist" church, which blends aspects of indigenous paganism and popular Catholicism. Although a district judge permitted him to return home in March 2016, he found he was still not welcome. The Mexican Constitution guarantees the right of indigenous communities to regulate their own affairs, so long as these do not affect individual liberties and human rights. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

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Kristendom, protestantisk
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15-05-2016 - Paven besøger Armenien og Mindesmærket for det armenske folkedrab
Politik - religion

Pope's visit to Armenian genocide memorial may strain tensions with Tu
Pope Francis will visit the Armenian Genocide memorial complex during a three-day visit to the country in June, a move that may strain the Vatican's diplomatic relations with Turkey. The pope will travel to the Tsitsernakaberd site in southern Armenia on June 25, spending an hour at the memorial, the Vatican announced on Friday (May 13). The complex commemorates up to 1.5 million Armenians killed between 1915 and 1923 under the Ottoman Empire. Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

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Kristendom
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15-05-2016 - Donald Trump forener kirken - i USA
Politik - tro

How Donald Trump Unites the Church
Donald Trump is often accused of dividing Americans through his name-calling and tough talk about women, immigrants, and President Obama. But he is succeeding in uniting one group in a way that I never dreamed possible: Christians. Læs mere - [Huffpost Religion]

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Kristendom
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12-05-2016 - Paven åbner for tanker om ordination af kvindelige diakoner
Seksualitet - det kirkelige embede

Pope Francis: "Let's study idea of ordaining women as deacons"
In an opening with historic import, Pope Francis has said he wants to study the possibility of ordaining women as deacons, a step that could for the first time open the ranks of the Catholic Church's all-male clergy to women.
The order of deacons was reinstituted in the Catholic Church after the reforms of the 1960s, and while deacons cannot celebrate the Eucharist like a priest, a deacon can preach at Mass, preside at weddings and funerals, and perform baptisms.
But in restoring the diaconate, the church also restricted ordination as a deacon to "mature married men" over 35.
Many protested that limitation, saying the earliest Christian texts also speak of "deaconesses" and arguing that the modern church should also allow women deacons. Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

Vatikanet - Wikipedia
Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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09-05-2016 - Kirkernes Verdensråd-repræsentanter tilbageholdt i israelsk lufthavn
Religionskonflikt

WCC: Israeli treatment of representatives at airport unacceptable
After traveling to Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv in the last week for a climate justice meeting, World Council of Churches (WCC) staff and partners were detained or deported in a manner that WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit terms both unprecedented and intolerable. Læs mere - [World Council of Churches (WCC)]

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Kristendom
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06-05-2016 - Kristne dræbt - tusinder på flugt
Religionskonflikt - forfølgelse

, Christians killed, as thousands flee continuing Islamist violence
Islamist militants are suspected to have killed between 20 and 40 villagers in the eastern extremes of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to news reports and a World Watch Monitor source. Attackers carried machetes and axes into a village in North Kivu province, in eastern DRC, late in the evening on 3 May. Læs mere - [Irish Central]

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Islam - kristendom
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03-05-2016 - "National Day of Reason" samtidig ned "National Day of Prayer"
Sekularisering

, Humanists push for a National Day of Reason
Not all Americans pray.
So the American Humanist Association, among the largest national advocacy groups of nonbelievers and other secularists, wants the first Thursday in May to be recognized by Congress as a National Day of Reason.
But that day is already designated as the National Day of Prayer, with a 65-year history of support from Congress, state and local governments and every sitting president since its inception in 1952. Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

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Flere
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01-05-2016 - Festival: Kæmpepåskeæg
Kirkens liv

Ukraine's Giant Easter Egg Festival Is A Feast For The Eyes
While many Christians in the world emptied out their Easter baskets weeks ago, for Orthodox Christians, the celebration is just getting started. Easter falls on May 1 on the Orthodox Christian calendar. There's no mistaking the festive atmosphere in Kiev, Ukraine, where residents are marking the occasion with an annual Easter Egg festival. Læs mere - [Huffpost Religion]

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Kristendom, ortodoks
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28-04-2016 - Vietnam indfører ny lov om religion
Religionskonflikt

Vietnam's Religion Law 'created to repress, control'
Vietnam's new "Law on Belief and Religion," scheduled to come into effect this year, will add another layer of governmental repression and control to an already pressurised Church, says Vo Tran Nhat, Executive Secretary of the Vietnam Committee on Human Rights. "They're going to adopt a new law, a law on religion. This law is not a law on religion; it's just a law on how to manage the control of religion," he said in a video interview with World Watch Monitor. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

Vietnam - Wikipedia
Kristendom - kommunisme
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28-04-2016 - Bøn for afstemningen om medlemskabet af EU
Politik - tro

, Church of England issues EU-referendum prayer
David Hamid, the C of E's suffragen bishop in Europe, told the Guardian it was tricky for the church to take a stand on a hotly contested political matter. "The C of E is a national church and has to serve all people of the nation regardless of their political orientation. The church has to be seen as neutral." Læs mere - [The Guardian]

England - Wikipedia
Kristendom, anglikansk
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27-04-2016 - Tysk kardinal udråbt som Antikrist for at forsvare muslimer
Religionsfrihed

German cardinal tarred as 'Antichrist' for defending Muslims
A German Catholic leader's defense of religious freedom has triggered a backlash after anti-Muslim statements by far-right politicians in the country. Editor Ingo Brueggenjuergen: "These self-appointed saviors of the Christian West who are looking for an absolute antichrist should take a look in the mirror," Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

Tyskland - Wikipedia
Kristendom - islam
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26-04-2016 - Paven åbner for fri diskussion af ufejlbarlighedsprincippet
Lærespørgsmål

Francis responded to request for free discussion on infallibility dogm
Fr. Hans Küng, the Swiss theologian, says that he has received a letter from Pope Francis that responds "to my request to give room to a free discussion on the dogma of infallibility." Küng also said that he is very encouraged by Francis' recent apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia ('The Joy of Love'), "I could not have foreseen then quite how much new freedom Francis would open up in his post-synodal exhortation," Kung wrote in statement released to NCR and other media outlets. "Already in the introduction, he declares, 'Not all discussions of doctrinal, moral or pastoral issues need to be settled by interventions of the magisterium.'" Læs mere - [National Catholic Reporter]

Vatikanet - Wikipedia
Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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24-04-2016 - Xi på konference om religions status i fremtidens Kina
Politik - tro

Xi calls for improved religious work
Addressing a conference on religions that concluded on Saturday, Xi said religious affairs carry "special importance" in the work of the CPC and the central government, and that the CPC's religious policies and theories had been proven right through past practices. Læs mere - [People's Weekly World]
He promised to fully implement the Party's policy of religious freedom, manage religious affairs in line with laws, retain the principle of religious independence and self-administration, and help religions adapt to the socialist society. Authorities should work to unite religious and non-religious people, and guide those religious to love their country, protect the unification of their motherland and serve the overall interests of the Chinese nation. [Se also commentaryChina Reveals What It Wants to Do with Christianity

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Ateisme
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21-04-2016 - Præst og hans gravide kone angrebet af militante hinduer
Religionskonflikt

Indian pastor and pregnant wife attacked by militant Hindus
An Indian pastor and his pregnant wife were assaulted and their church set on fire on Sunday evening (17 April) after they refused to praise a Hindu god. Pastor Dinbanhu Sameli, 30, and his wife, Meena, 26, seven months pregnant, lead a church in the troubled Bastar district of the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

Indien - Wikipedia
Hinduisme - anden tro
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20-04-2016 - Er paven overhovedet katolsk?
Lærespørgsmål

, Is the pope Catholic?
That's always been the jokey answer to a dumb question, but it's now a serious issue for Catholic intellectuals who have been criticizing, and defending, the Catholic bona fides of Pope Francis, especially since the pontiff released a landmark document on family life earlier this month that some say calls into question the church's teachings on the permanence of marriage. Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

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Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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20-04-2016 - Autoriteten i Amoris Laetitia (Kærlighed i kirken)
Lærespørgsmål

'Amoris Laetitia' and the Constant Teaching and Practice of the Church
Cardinal Burke says a post-synodal apostolic exhortation, 'by its very nature, does not propose new doctrine and discipline, but applies the perennial doctrine and discipline to the situation of the world at the time.'
The secular media and even some Catholic media are describing the recently issued post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, "Love in the Family," as a revolution in the Church, as a radical departure from the teaching and practice of the Church, up to now, regarding marriage and the family. Læs mere - [National Catholic Register]

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Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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18-04-2016 - Konsekvenserne af de kristnes exit af Mellemøsten
Kultur

, REPORT: The impact of Christians leaving Middle East
War and persecution has led to a haemorrhaging of Christians from the Middle East, particularly from Syria and Iraq. A new report highlights what the region stands to lose should Christians continue to leave. The report, compiled by a trio of Christian charities and a university, argues that Christians are an essential part of Middle Eastern history and culture, and that they continue to contribute powerfully to society, particularly in the fields of education, medicine, science and engineering. For Syria and Iraq to lose Christians altogether, the report says, would not only damage the fabric of the society, but negatively impact upon the two countries' economies. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

Mellemøsten - Wikipedia
Islam - kristendom
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15-04-2016 - Kristne kvinder de mest religiøse og mest forfulgte
Religionskonflikt

Christian Women Worldwide Are The Most Religious . and the Most Persec
A survey of 192 countries has demonstrated scientifically what many have long known anecdotally to be true: Christian women are more religious than Christian men. The lesser known fact: those women bear the brunt of persecution in the 50 countries where it is hardest to be a Christian. Læs mere - [ChristianityToday]

Globalt - Wikipedia
Kristendom
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14-04-2016 - Et lykkeligt sted - men ikke for alle. Buddhismen som nationalreligion
Religionskonflikt

, Bhutan - a 'happy' place, but not for all
But despite this apparent endeavour from the Buddhist nation to ensure its citizens' felicity, Bhutan's minorities - including around 20,000 Christians (2.8% of the population) - complain that happiness does not filter down to all parts of society. Bhutan's state religion is Buddhism and other religions are barely tolerated, so life as a Christian is difficult. Church buildings are illegal and non-Buddhists are not privy to the same benefits, such as free education. Proselytism and incitement to convert are illegal. Bhutanese who convert to Christianity can lose their citizenship. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

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Buddhisme
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13-04-2016 - Arnested for flygtningestrøm: Eritreas forfølgelse af kristne
Religionskonflikt

Eritrean church leaders still in jail 12 years later
Although the tiny East African nation of Eritrea has a population of just 6 million, Eritrea is one of the leading sources of refugees in Europe. There are many reasons for this, but chief among them is a lack of religious freedom. The Eritrean government outlawed worship outside of Islam and the Orthodox, Evangelical Lutheran and Roman Catholic Church in 2002, driving all other Christian churches underground as they faced varying degrees of restrictions and attacks. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

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Islam - anden tro
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02-04-2016 - Karismatisk vækkelse i den anglikanske kirke i Uganda
Kirkens liv - vækkelse

, In Uganda Anglicans are casting out demons
Last Friday in the dusty town of Kabwohe, Uganda, more than 5 000 people crammed into an enclosed field to worship Jesus. They stayed from 7pm until 6:30 am for an all-night celebration that included dancing, singing, shouting, speaking in tongues and an altar call that resulted in dozens of conversions. A few times during the evening, someone was set free from demons. You might expect this in Africa, where Pentecostal churches have been growing for decades. But this event, which happens in Kabwohe once a month, is sponsored by All Saints Anglican Church...This is the new face of revival in Uganda, where hundreds of traditional Anglican churches have been set on fire by the Holy Spirit. Læs mere - [Gateway News]

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30-03-2016 - Dommer fastslår ret til at konversion fra islam til kristendom
Religionskonflikt - re-konversion

, Malaysia Rules Muslim Man Can Convert to Christianity
The High Court here yesterday allowed a Bidayuh man, who was converted to Islam as a child by his parents, to renounce his religion and become a Christian...Yew made the declaration that the applicant is a Christian, and ordered the first and second respondents to issue letter of release from the religion of Islam, and also his name to be changed from Asmi Mohamad Azam Shah to Roneey Anak Rebit in his identification card as well to change Islam in his identity card at the National Registry to Christianity. Læs mere - [Borneo Post]
In passing the verdict, the judge said the decision was made under Article 11 of the Federal Constitution, which guaranteed freedom of religion.

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28-03-2016 - Selvmordsbomber dræber mindst 70, heraf 29 børn i Pakistan
Religionskonflikt

, Suicide bomber targeting Christians kills 70 in Pakistan park
Pakistani authorities on Monday (March 28) hunted members of a Taliban faction which once declared loyalty to Islamic State after the group claimed responsibility for an Easter suicide bomb targeting Christians that killed at least 70 people. The brutality of Sunday's attack by Jamaat-ur-Ahrar, the group's fifth bombing since December, reflects the movement's attempts to raise its profile among Pakistan's increasingly fractured Islamist militants. At least 29 children enjoying an Easter weekend outing were among those killed when the suicide bomber struck in a busy park in the eastern city of Lahore, the power base of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Pakistan is a majority-Muslim state but has a Christian population of more than two million. Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

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25-03-2016 - Kristne og muslimer arbejder på at restaurere hvælvinger over Golgata
Religionsmøde - fælles handlen

, Mosaic restoration depicting Jesus at Calvary an interfaith effort
.. i Gravkirken (The Holy Sepulchre).The tens of thousands of Christians who visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre this month got a special Easter treat: the chance to view the newly cleaned and restored mosaic that covers the ceiling and walls of a Franciscan chapel dedicated to Calvary, or Golgotha, the hill where Jesus was crucified. They might also pause to marvel at this: the work of restoring those mosaics involves a joint effort of Palestinian Christians and Muslims. The church, whose original structure was built in the fourth century, stands atop the sites where, according to Christian tradition, Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected. Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

Israel - Wikipedia
Kristendom - islam
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24-03-2016 - Forældreprotest over Yoga-influeret mindfullnes i skole
Religionskonflikt

, Parents, offended by the 'Far East religion' of yoga, get 'Namaste'..
"Mindfulness," the meditative state associated with yoga, has likewise been adopted as a way to clear the mind. So when administrators at Bullard Elementary School in Kennesaw, Ga., implemented yoga and other mindfulness practices in the classroom to reduce students' stress, they probably envisioned peace and relaxation in their future. Instead, they received a flurry of complaints - from parents who felt yoga represented the encroachment of non-Christian beliefs. Læs mere - [Washington Post]

USA - Wikipedia
Kristendom - andre religioner
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24-03-2016 - Advokat, som kæmpede for kirkes ret, løsladt efter "bekendelse"
Religionskonflikt - forfølgelse

China Frees Lawyer Who Defended 100 Church Crosses
One of the leading legal defenders of China's churches, Zhang Kai, was released from jail on Wednesday after being arrested in August 2015. China Aid confirmed his release with relatives...Terms of his release were uncertain. Zhang had been sentenced to six months of residential surveillance at a "black jail," where prisoners are held incommunicado at a secret location. On February 25, he appeared on state television stating a "confession" that he had disrupted social order and endangering state security. Many believe the confession was coerced. Læs mere - [ChristianityToday]

Kina - Wikipedia
Kristendom
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21-03-2016 - Præster trodser biskops forbud mod at lade muslimer bede i kirken
Religionskonflikt

Italian bishop won't let Muslims pray in churches
ROME (RNS) An Italian bishop has clashed with a pair of priests who want to invite Muslims to pray inside their churches in a bid to promote tolerance in a diocese in Tuscany. "The deserved, necessary and respectful welcome of people who practice other faiths and religions does not mean offering them space for prayers inside churches designed for liturgy and the gathering of Christian communities," Bishop Fausto Tardelli of Pistoia said in a statement reported on Saturday (March 19). "They can very well find other spaces and places," Tardelli said. Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

Italien - Wikipedia
Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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20-03-2016 - Indien nægter indrejsevisa til "advokater" for religionsfrihed
Religionskonflikt

India's refusal to grant religious freedom visas a 'missed opportunity
India is making a mistake in refusing to issue visas to a U.S. international religious freedom organization, said religious liberty advocates and experts specializing in the South Asian country. "This is a missed opportunity for India and for religious freedom. We had hoped to travel there for some time because of the growing concerns about religious freedom in India. We wanted to go there and assess the situation and learn the facts on the ground," said Katrina Lantos Swett, president of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Læs mere - [Patheos]

Indien - Wikipedia
Hinduisme - anden tro
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18-03-2016 - Kristen, civil ulydighed - til venstre og til højre
Politik - religion

, Is It Time for American Christians to Disobey the Government?
In June 2015, in the wake of Dylann Roof's murderous rampage at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, legislators gathered to debate removing the Confederate flag from the state capitol. Meanwhile, Bree Newsome, a young African American woman, was taking the matter into her own hands, scaling the flagpole and snatching the flag herself. .. As the Confederate flag controversy died down, another controversy was heating up in rural Rowan County, Kentucky. Another woman of unbending Christian conviction-albeit very different politics-quickly gained notoriety for her own defiant stand. [NB. limited acces] Læs mere - [ChristianityToday]

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Kristendom
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15-03-2016 - Trumps kirkelige bagland: Prosperity Megachurches
Politik - tro

Trump's Pastor Friends Have One Thing In Common: They're All Rich
When it comes to the religious realm, businessman and Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has a hard time finding friends. Although he now boasts the endorsement of Liberty University president and influential conservative Christian Jerry Falwell Jr., several prominent members of the Religious Right have repeatedly disavowed his candidacy, such as when Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore said Trump represents "everything" evangelicals should stand against. Meanwhile, Trump has racked up an ever-growing list of rejections from non-evangelical religious groups Læs mere - [Thinkprogress]

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Kristendom
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15-03-2016 - Spirende håb, nye begyndelser, konversioner..
Konversion

, Enterprising Christians see hope, despite Syria's five years of war
About 4.5million have left Syria but, for many others still there, there are new beginnings with new opportunities - in both business and in living out their faith. Some enterprising Syrians are in churches which are creating work and opportunities for those who stay on in the war-torn country, and others - church leaders - are adapting to the growing interest in Christianity of former Muslims in Syria and neighbouring Lebanon, where new former-Muslim believers can at times outnumber long-time church-goers. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

Syrien - Wikipedia
Kristendom
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15-03-2016 - Mother Teresa helgenkåres til september
Kirkens liv

MotherTeresaMother Teresa, Mother Teresa to be canonized Sept. 4
Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be made a saint on Sept. 4. Approval from the pontiff marks the definitive stage in the path to sainthood for the Albanian nun, who became reputed globally for her charity work in India. Mother Teresa's canonization will come almost exactly 19 years after her death on Sept. 5, 1997, a relatively speedy sainthood for the Catholic Church. Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

Vatikanet - Wikipedia
Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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14-03-2016 - Trump/Burns: Jøden Bernie Sanders bør møde Jesus og blive frelst
Politik - religion

'Trump' pastor's call for Sanders to 'meet Jesus' offends many
Jews, atheists and others denounced televangelist Mark Burns and Donald Trump after the pastor kicked off a North Carolina Trump rally by calling for Bernie Sanders, who is Jewish, to "get saved." "Bernie Sanders, who doesn't believe in God, how in the world (are) we going to let Bernie - I mean, really?" Burns said to the crowd's applause. "Bernie's got to get saved, Bernie's got to meet Jesus. He's got to have a coming to Jesus meeting." Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

USA - Wikipedia
Kristendom
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14-03-2016 - Fra "junglen" i Calais - en rapport
Politik - sociale forhold

Fierce and Fragile Life: Report from the Calais 'Jungle'
Anna Rowlands is Deputy Director of the Centre for Catholic Studies at the University of Durham. She was part of a British-French delegation to the refugee camp in Calais, France. The ground was frozen solid. Frosted sleeping bags lay discarded along the rough edges of the dirt track leading into the camp. Læs mere - [ABC Religion and Ethics - Australia]

Frankrig - Wikipedia
Flere
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10-03-2016 - Kenyanske episkopale tilslutter sig boycott af anglikansk conference
Seksualitet - det civile liv

, African bishops to boycott meeting of Anglican council over Episcopal
The Anglican Church in Kenya has become the latest province to announce it will boycott the Anglican Consultative Council meeting in Zambia over the participation of the Episcopal Church. The Episcopal Church was recently censured at a primates' meeting in Canterbury, England, because of the American church's willingness to ordain and marry LGBT people. According to the sanctions, the Episcopal Church cannot represent the communion at the April meeting or vote on doctrine and polity. Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

Kenya - Wikipedia
Kristendom, anglikansk
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03-03-2016 - 4 søstre i "Missionary og Charity" (Mother Theresas Orden) dræbt
Religionskonflikt - forfølgelse

Four sisters dead in attack on Missionaries of Charity home in Yemen
At least 16 people are dead after two gunmen attacked a Missionaries of Charity convent and nursing home for elderly and disabled persons in Aden, the provisional capital of Yemen, on Friday. Four of the victims were sisters of the Missionaries of Charity, the community founded by Blessed Mother Teresa. They have been identified by the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia as Sr. Anselm from India, Sr. Margherite from Rwanda, Sr. Reginette from Rwanda, and Sr. Judith from Kenya. Læs mere - [Catholic News Agency]

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Islam - kristendom
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02-03-2016 - Kvinder skal have lov til at prædike ved messen
Seksualitet - det kirkelige embede

Vatican newspaper essays say women should preach at Mass
A series of essays in the semiofficial Vatican newspaper is urging the Catholic Church to allow women to preach from the pulpit at Mass, a role that has been reserved almost exclusively to the all-male priesthood for nearly 800 years.
..In her column, Sister Catherine Aubin, a French Dominican who teaches theology at a pontifical university in Rome, noted that Jesus encouraged women to preach his message of salvation, and she said that throughout church history there have been many extraordinary women evangelists. Women today also lead retreats and in effect preach in other ways, she argued. Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

Vatikanet - Wikipedia
Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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02-03-2016 - Kristendom døende, den republikanske præsidentkampagne viser hvorfor
Statistik

American Christianity Is Dying and the Republican Presidential..
A recent study in 2015 found that "In just two years, the percentage of Americans who qualify as "post-Christian" rose by 7 percentage points, from 37% in 2013 to 44% in 2015. Across the United States, cities in every state are becoming more post-Christian -- some at a faster rate than others.".. we only need to realize this as empirical and statistical evidence that Christianity is on the decline. This has never been more visible than when watching the Republican debates... Læs mere - [Huffpost Religion]

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Kristendom
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26-02-2016 - Præster tilbageholdes på tredje måned på skjult sted
Religionskonflikt - forfølgelse

, Human rights group calls for the release of detained Sudanese pastors
Sudanese Christians and human rights groups are urging the government to produce two clerics, whose location has been unknown since their arrest in December.
Hassan Kodi, 49, secretary general of the Sudanese Church of Christ, and another pastor, Telal Ngosi, 44, were detained after attending a Christian conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in October.
The two represented the Sudanese Church of Christ at a meeting to discuss the plight of Christians in Sudan and South Sudan.
Both men are from the Nuba Mountains region of South Kordofan, a province with many Christians who often face forced conversion by the pro-Muslim Sudanese government. Læs mere - []

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25-02-2016 - Koptiske teenagere får op til 5 års fængsel for blasfemi
Religionskonflikt - forfølgelse

, Egypt Sentences Coptic Teenagers to Prison for Insulting Islam
An Egyptian court sentenced four Coptic Christian teenagers to up to five years in prison.. The teenagers were convicted in Minya, an arid province south of Cairo, where they had been accused of filming a 32-second video in which they mocked the Muslim mode of prayer, said their lawyer, Maher Naguib...The police initiated the prosecution of the Coptic teenagers after a Muslim classmate discovered the video. Three of the teenagers were sentenced to five years in prison, while the fourth, who is still under 18, is to be detained at a juvenile detention center. Læs mere - [New York Times]

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25-02-2016 - Den mest dødbringende terrorgruppe i verden Boko Haram
Religionskonflikt - forfølgelse

, Nigeria churches unite for first time to address violence in north
The world's deadliest terrorist group is not in the Middle East. It's in Nigeria, where the Islamist insurgency Boko Haram and other forces killed more than 4,000 Christians in 2015. That tally was a 62 percent increase from the previous year, according to Open Doors, a global charity that supports Christians in places where their faith exposes them to government, social or sectarian hostility. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

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Islam - kristendom
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25-02-2016 - De progressive burde ikke glæde sig over de evangelikales deroute
Politik - religion

Why Progressives Shouldn't Celebrate the Decline of the Evangelical..
..But while evangelicals' history of xenophobia is well documented, any fair-minded account of American political history would also have to note the prominent role of evangelicals in movements to create a more compassionate and egalitarian society. [The steps: Jimmy Carter, Mike Huckabee, Santorum, Trump/Cruz] Læs mere - [Huffpost Religion]

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24-02-2016 - Kirke i Bursa lukkes alligevel ikke
Religionskonflikt

, Turkey backs down on closing Bursa's only church
On Tuesday, the Bursa municipality and the Directorate General of Foundations announced that Christians would not be prevented from using the church. Kulakcioglu noted that the city government's original decision to close the church was at odds with its self-proclaimed image as a city of religious tolerance. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

Tyrkiet - Wikipedia
Islam - kristendom
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24-02-2016 - De sidste af 230 assyriske kristne løsladt af ISIS mod løsesum
Religionskonflikt - forfølgelse

, A Ransom for Many: ISIS Releases Last of 230 Assyrian Christian Hostag
Hostages were released in small groups throughout the past year, including 25 on Christmas Day, according to the Assyrian Church of the East Relief Organization (ACERO). This week, the final 43 of those hostages were freed. Læs mere - [ChristianityToday]

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Islam - kristendom
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19-02-2016 - Hvad mente paven egentlig - om prævention - og, vigtigere, abort?
Seksualitet - det civile liv

The real surprise in Pope Francis' Zika virus remarks
Actually, it isn't clear exactly what he said about contraception. Catholic theology in this area is complex, and Pope Francis was speaking in generalities, off the cuff, as he often does during his papal plane press interviews. Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

Vatikanet - Wikipedia
Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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19-02-2016 - Donald Trump ikke kristen - udtaler paven
Politik - tro

, Pope suggests Trump 'is not Christian'
Thrusting himself into the combative 2016 presidential campaign, Pope Francis said Thursday that GOP front-runner Donald Trump "is not Christian" if he calls for the deportation of undocumented immigrants and pledges to build a wall between the United States and Mexico. Læs mere - [CNN]

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Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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18-02-2016 - På tværs af religiøse fløje: De fleste mod diskrimination af LGBT
Seksualitet - det civile liv

, Most Americans oppose LGBT discrimination
Most Americans oppose religious exemptions to LGBT nondiscrimination laws, according to a new survey. The report comes as a raft of bills before state legislatures would allow people to refuse service or accommodations to gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people based on their religious beliefs. Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

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18-02-2016 - Paven: kvinder må bruge prævention i Zika-krisen
Etik - seksualitet

Pope Suggests Women Can Use Contraception During Zika Crisis
Pope Francis has weighed in on birth control amidst the Zika virus outbreak in Latin America, suggesting that women could use contraception to prevent a pregnancy. However, the pope stopped short of condoning abortion. "Avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil," Francis said, according to multiple reports. "In certain cases, as in this one... it was clear. I would also urge doctors to do their utmost to find vaccines against these mosquitoes that carry this disease." Læs mere - [Huffpost Religion]

Vatikanet - Wikipedia
Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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17-02-2016 - Kristne flygtninge chikaneres og forfølges i lejrene omkring Calais
Religionskonflikt - forfølgelse

, Christian migrants find discrimination follows them to Europe
Christians among the thousands of Middle Eastern migrants who have fled to Europe have discovered that a familiar burden has followed them: religious harassment. Some Christian migrants have been subjected to discrimination, harassment and violence from Muslim migrants with extremist views. One Iranian convert to Christianity was murdered. The phenomenon has been observed in various locations across Europe, including in the camp of Grande-Synthe in northern France, where Iranian converts have been targeted by migrants from Iraq. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

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15-02-2016 - Protestantiske kirker i Tyrkiet utrygge
Religionskonflikt

Turkey's Protestants 'anxious and distressed'
After a year filled with repeated threats and attacks against Protestant churches and their leaders in Turkey, the leader of their tiny Christian community has admitted that they remain "anxious and distressed". In an interview with Al-Monitor, Pastor Ihsan Ozbek of the Association of Protestant Churches named last week two major obstacles to his community's quest for true religious freedom: the Turkish judiciary's failure to respond to their members' security concerns, and the government's exclusion of Protestants from the state's protocol dialogue with other religious minorities. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

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Islam - kristendom
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14-02-2016 - Paven kritiserer Mexicos rige og korrupte elite
Politik - sociale forhold

Pope criticizes Mexicos rich and corrupt elite
Celebrating Mass in front of hundreds of thousands in one of Mexic's poorest and most dangerous cities, Pope Francis on Sunday took a swipe at the country's rich and corrupt elite. Decrying "a society of the few and for the few," he denounced deep inequality and the vanity and pride of those who consider themselves a cut above the rest. Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

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Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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14-02-2016 - Højesteretsdommer Scalias top 5 vedrørende tro og religion
Personalia og biografi

AntoninScaliaAntonin Scalia, Justice Supreme Court Scalia's top 5 hits (or misses) on religion
Scalia was especially zealous on the issue of religion. As exemplified by recent comments on the place of religion in the public square, Scalia's legal writing on religious establishment and free exercise is some of his most memorable. Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

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10-02-2016 - To præster tilbageholdt siden december uden anklage og uden kontakt
Religionskonflikt - forfølgelse

Christian leaders kept in Sudan since December uncharged, but incommun
Sudanese authorities have been keeping two Christian pastors in an unknown location since mid-December, with no official charges yet filed against them. On 12. Dec., members of Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) visited the family home of Telahoon Nogosi Kassa Rata, a leader of the Fellowship of University Christian Students and a leader of Khartoum North Evangelical Church, sources close to the detainees said. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

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10-02-2016 - Det er ikke barmhjertighed, hvis ikke den kommer til lommerne
Politik - sociale forhold

If mercy doesn't reach your pockets, it's not real, Pope says
Referring to the current Holy Year of Mercy, the Pope explained that the Jubilee is time "for conversion, so that our heart can become bigger, more generous, more like a child of God, with more love."
"But I tell you that if the Jubilee doesn't arrive to the pockets, it's not a true Jubilee," he said, adding that "this is in the Bible, it's not the Pope who invented this." Læs mere - [Patheos]

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Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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09-02-2016 - Kirken som fristed, civil ulydighed, flygtninge. En diskussion.
Politik - flygtninge

, Places of Refuge: What Legal Basis for the Churches' Offer of 'Sanctua
In last week's high-profile decision of the High Court of Australia, Plaintiff M68-2015 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2016] HCA 1, a 6-1 majority ruled that the Australian government is entitled to continue its policy of detaining certain asylum seekers off-shore in the Pacific nation of Nauru.
In the aftermath of the decision, and in response to the plight of a group of mothers and their babies and young children who have been receiving medical treatment in Australia, and will now have to be returned to the dreadful conditions in Nauru, a number of Christian churches went public with an offer of "sanctuary" for those who are supposed to be returned. Læs mere - [ABC Religion and Ethics - Australia]

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08-02-2016 - Marx - Kardinal Reinald: For mange flygtninge i Europa
Politik - flygtninge

Top German Bishop: We Need A Reduction In The Number Of Refugees
"As a church we say that we need a reduction in the number of refugees," Cardinal Reinhard Marx, chairman of the German bishops' conference, told German regional newspaper Passauer Neue Presse on Saturday. Germany cannot be responsible for taking in "all of the world's needy," he said. Marx did, however, advocate for the humane treatment of those who do cross into Europe. "European borders cannot be a death wish," he said.
Pope Francis, meanwhile, has consistently urged Catholics to take in refugees and "view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories," he said in September. Læs mere - [Washington Post]

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Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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04-02-2016 - Kardinal advarer mod helbredsmæssig abort på grund af Zika-virus
Etik - abort

Honduran cardinal warns against aborting Zika fetuses
Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras, a top adviser to Pope Francis, has denounced the idea of "therapeutic abortions" - which are carried out because of fetal abnormalities - as a response to birth defects caused by the mosquito-borne Zika virus that is setting off alarms throughout Latin America. Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

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Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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31-01-2016 - Marakesh-erklæringen 2016 - historisk og inspirende også for kristne
Religionsmøde

Marrakech Declaration Historic and Inspiring: A Report from the Chair
By ratifying this call to harmony and the just treatment of religious minorities, these Muslim leaders have given us who are not Muslims an example that we also must follow. I thus find inspiration in this Declaration for thinking seriously about the rights of non-Christians in Christian-majority nations, like the United States. For example, making the appropriate categorical substitutions, this document can "urge [Christian] educational institutions and authorities to conduct a courageous review of educational curricula that addresses honestly and effectively any material that instigates aggression and extremism, leads to war and chaos, and results in the destruction of our shared societies." - Læs mere - [Parliament of Religions]

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Islam - anden tro
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28-01-2016 - Hver eneste palme skal blive en galge..
Religionskonflikt

, Minorities fear backlash over Sri Lanka's proposed new constitution
"We request Buddhist monks to boycott the courts of this country," Gnanasara Thera, spokesperson for extremist Buddhist group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), told the Tamil Guardian. "The government [will have] to convert every coconut tree into a gallows and every school into a prison to suppress the Sinhala [the dominant Sri Lankan ethnic group] Buddhist people." Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

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28-01-2016 - Erklæring: Muslimske nationer skal beskytte kristne mod forfølgelse
Religionsmøde

Morocco Declaration: Muslim Nations Should Protect Christians from..
"I'm blown away," Roberts (Texas megachurch pastor engaged in interreligous dialogue) told CT from Morocco. "This is a Muslim conference put together by the top sheiks, ministers of religion, the grand muftis of the top Muslim majority nations, and they came up with a declaration, literally using the language of religious freedom to declare that violence cannot be done in the name of Islam." Læs mere - [ChristianityToday]

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Islam - kristendom
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27-01-2016 - Synet på præsidentkandidaternes religiøsitet
Sekularisering

Faith and the 2016 Campaign
Fully half of American adults say they would be less likely to vote for a hypothetical presidential candidate who does not believe in God, while just 6% say they would be more likely to vote for a nonbeliever.
On the other hand, the share of American adults who say they would be less likely to vote for an atheist candidate has been declining over time. Moreover, one of the candidates who is widely viewed by Republicans as a potentially "good" or "great" president, Donald Trump, is not widely viewed as a religious person, even by those in his own party. See also: Bernie Sanders Opens Up About God. Læs mere - [Pew Research Center for the People & the Press]

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20-01-2016 - Et år efter 70 kirker ødelagt i Charlie-Ebdo-terror. Genopbygning.
Religionskonflikt

, Niger: a year after 70 churches destroyed in anti-'Charlie' riots
A year has passed since the churches in the West African country of Niger experienced the worst attacks in their history, in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris.
On the weekend of 16-17 January 2015, hundreds of angry Islamists ransacked more than 100 Christian properties and churches; shouting "Allahu Akbar" ("Allah is the greatest"). Ten people lost their lives in the violence.
The reconstruction has taken time, but it has now officially begun, after two ceremonies in which cornerstones were put in place. The first was held at the EERN church, (Evangelical Church of the Niger Republic) in the northern district of Boukoki 2, in the capital Niamey. The second took place hours later at the Baptist "Roundabout" church, in the heart of the city. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

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20-01-2016 - En kristen, en jøde og en muslim for Bernie Sanders
Politik - religion

A Christian, A Muslim, and A Jew Go Canvassing For Bernie Sanders
We meet outside my apartment at seven in the morning on a freezing cold Saturday. We're Facebook friends, but total strangers; three idealistic pilgrims on a quest to the faraway land of Iowa, that frigid empty wasteland that will decide our nation's next president. As soon as we're on the highway, a sense of excitement permeates the car. We don't know each other, but we already know we have the most important thing in common: a passion for social and political change Læs mere - [Huffpost Religion]

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20-01-2016 - Det ældste kristnekloster i Irak destrueret af ISIS
Religionskonflikt

, Islamic State Militants Destroy The Oldest Christian Monastery In Iraq
The oldest Christian monastery in Iraq has been reduced to a field of rubble, yet another victim of the Islamic State's relentless destruction of ancient cultural sites. For 1,400 years the compound survived assaults by nature and man, standing as a place of worship recently for U.S. troops. In earlier centuries, generations of monks tucked candles in the niches and prayed in the cool chapel. The Greek letters chi and rho, representing the first two letters of Christ's name, were carved near the entrance. Læs mere - [Huffpost Religion]

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Islam
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15-01-2016 - Ærkebiskoppen banlyser den episkopale kirke fra anglikanske fællesskab

ANGLICAN COMMUNION AVOIDS SCHISM BY BANNING PRO-GAY US CHURCH FOR..
The Archbishop of Canterbury has banned the US Episcopal Church from involvement in the Anglican Communion for three years in an attempt to avoid a general schism. The communion also voted to condemn same-sex marriage as against its teaching. The American branch of the communion had caused the threat of a schism because of its pro-homosexual stance and a vote last year at its general convention (pictured) to allow same-sex marriage. Læs mere - [The Tablet]

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Kristendom, anglikansk
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13-01-2016 - 2015 - Det værste år med forfølgelse af kristne
Religionskonflikt

, 2015 was 'worst year' for Christian persecution, says Open Doors
The nonprofit organization Open Doors has focused on concern for persecuted Christians since 1955. On its map, the top 10 are highlighted in blood red to indicate "extreme" persecution: Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

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10-01-2016 - 7 med arbejde for mission og sundhed myrdet - lægepar kidnappet
Religionskonflikt - forfølgelse

, Terrorists Kill Seven Missionaries in Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso's first attack by Islamist extremists took the lives of seven Westerners visiting to do short- and long-term missions work. Terrorists affiliated with al-Qaeda opened fire on two hotels and a nearby restaurant in Ouagadougou on Friday, killing 29 civilians from 7 countries, Reuters reported. The gunmen took more than 100 hostages during the West African nation's first encounter with such extremism, The Washington Post reported.
Six of the casualties were Canadians visiting the country on a three-week missions trip over their Christmas break. Another was an American missionary who, with his wife, had run an orphanage and women's crisis center in Burkina Faso since 2011...
On the same day as the attack, and also in Ouagadougou, an Australian doctor and his wife were kidnapped. Ken and Jocelyn Elliot, a Christian couple in their 80s, have been setting up medical facilities in Burkina Faso since the 1970s. Læs mere - [ChristianityToday]

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07-01-2016 - Palæstinensisk præst og israelsk journalist får Olof Palmeprisen
Politik - fredsappel

MitriRahebMitri Raheb, Haaretz Columnist Gideon Levy Wins 2015 Olof Palme Prize
Haaretz columnistGideon Levyand Palestinian pastorMitri Rahebwere named co-winners of the 2015 Olof Palme Prize on Thursday for their "courageous and indefatigable fight against occupation and violence." Læs mere - [Haaretz]
Both have given "a ray of hope to a conflict that has plagued and continues to plague millions of people and to endanger world peace," the jury said. (Se her)

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06-01-2016 - Professor protesterer mod fyring pga. solidaritetsytringer vedr. islam

Wheaton professor denounces efforts to fire her
Hawkins said faculty - tenured or not - should be aware that none of their communication - either on social media or in the classroom - is protected, which puts academic freedom and higher education in jeopardy.
"When calling on one member to, over and above every other member of the campus community, answer for a Facebook post that was actually committed to living out the love of Christ and the principles of the statement of faith, no one's safe," she said. "If they're not safe on their Facebook page, they're not safe in the classroom. And that's the end of liberal arts. That's the end of Christian liberal arts That's the end of the academy." Læs mere - [Chigago Tribune]

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04-01-2016 - Vaticanets anerkendelse af Palestina som stat træder i kraft
Politik og kirke

, Vatican accord with Palestine comes into effect
An agreement signed last year making the Vatican's de facto recognition of Palestine in 2012 official has come into effect, the Holy See said on Saturday..Israel has previously called the Vatican accord a hasty move that could damage prospects for advancing a peace agreement and impact its future diplomatic relations with the Vatican. But the Holy See under Pope Francis is eager to have a greater diplomatic role in the Middle East, from where many Christians have fled because of conflicts in Syria, Iraq and other countries. Læs mere - [Reuters]

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03-01-2016 - USA er ikke religiøst neutralt - heller ikke iflg The Constituion
Sekularisering

AntoninScaliaAntonin Scalia, Justice Supreme Court Scalia dismisses concept of religious neutrality in speech
He told the audience at Archbishop Rummel High School that there is "no place" in the country's constitutional traditions for the idea that the state must be neutral between religion and its absence. "To tell you the truth there is no place for that in our constitutional tradition. Where did that come from?" he said. "To be sure, you can't favor one denomination over another but can't favor religion over non-religion?" Læs mere - [WorldWide Religious News (WWRN)]

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03-01-2016 - Debat i Ukraine: Skal julen fejres to gange?

, Ukraine debates whether to celebrate Christmas twice
Ukraine, which marks Christmas on Jan. 7 according to Orthodox Christian tradition, has embarked upon a national debate about whether it should also celebrate on Dec. 25, a step that would bring it in line with Western Europe. The debate - which reflects a re-examination of national identity under the impact of the falling-out with Russia - could sharply divide opinion and comes amid a heightened battle for influence between the Russian and Ukrainian branches of the Orthodox Church. Læs mere - [Reuters]

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