Kirken Update 2017

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08-01-2018 - Modernisten Ratzinger (!)
Teologi

Hostility to Vatican II runs deep with Pope Francis' critics
A commentary by Michael Sean Winters: A little more than a year ago, I did a three-part series examining the opposition to Pope Francis. In the first of those essays, I argued that the opposition to Francis was rooted in a misconception about the reception of Vatican II and, indeed, about the Second Vatican Council itself. I stand by that assessment, but it is increasingly clear that the opposition to Francis comes not only from misconceptions about Vatican II but actual hostility to the council and to all the popes since. In short, the situation is even worse than I had suspected. Læs mere - [New Catholic Reporter]

Vatikanet - Wikipedia
Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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07-01-2018 - Al Sisi: Den kopitiske kirke en uundværlig del af Ægypten

, "No one can divide us". Al Sisi's embrace to the Copts
Al Sisi's intervention at the Coptic Christmas liturgy, broadcasted live on national TV, wanted to show his country and the world, the strong bond that, in this historical moment strengthens the largest Christian community in the Middle East and the current strong man of Egypt. Al Sisi is the first Egyptian President to have physically taken part in the liturgical solemnity of the Copts, and yesterday he did so for the fourth time. His political project defines the Coptic component as an essential and non-excludable element of the Egyptian identity. In July 2016, he announced that he wanted to increase penalties for those fomenting sectarian riots and violence. On 30 August 2016, the Egyptian Parliament voted the new law on the construction of churches, eliminating bureaucratic limits and obstacles that for decades had heavily conditioned the ordinary life of Egyptian Christian communities Læs mere - []

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02-01-2018 - 8 dræbt i anti-Kabila protest. Kirkeledere i chock

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Congo's church leaders shocked after 8 dead in anti-Kabila protests Læs mere - [https://www.ncronline.org/news/world/congos-church]

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02-01-2018 - 16 dræbt i forbindelse med nytårsgudstjeneste
Religionskonflikt - forfølgelse

, Nigerians killed in New Year attack on Rivers church
At least 16 people have been killed by gunmen in southern Nigeria after a New Year's Day church service, police say. The group had attended a midnight service before they were ambushed in the early hours of Monday, police told the BBC. Læs mere - [BBC]

Nigeria - Wikipedia
Kristendom - islam
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31-12-2017 - Stille nat - væggene har øren
Religionskonflikt - forfølgelse

, Silent night - because walls have ears
Christmas in communist Cuba is a quiet affair; you won't hear carols in the streets or on television, except for during one concert involving the Churches that is broadcast on Christmas Day...For many Cubans, bigger than Christmas is the anniversary of the revolution, 1 January. So on 31 December, towns come alive with street parties and dancing. Many churches sidestep these festivities by holding all-night services. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

Cuba - Wikipedia
Kristendom - ateisme
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31-12-2017 - 20 tophistorier 2017 - i verden, men set fra USA
Kirkens historie

, CT's Top 20 News Stories of 2017
Mainly USA-stories. Gives perspectivse of the church - different from the european. Læs mere - [ChristianityToday]

Globalt - Wikipedia
Kristendom
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25-12-2017 - Jul i Indien - sikkerhedsforanstaltninger øges
Religionskonflikt

, India tightens Christmas security after Christians attacked
Christians and others in India celebrated Christmas despite fears of an anti-Christian backlash in some parts of the predominantly Hindu country. Læs mere - [WorldWide Religious News (WWRN)]

Indien - Wikipedia
Hinduisme - anden tro
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24-12-2017 - Juleglæde og forfølgelse
Religionskonflikt - forfølgelse

, Pakistan and Iraq: Christmas joy mixed with grief
(First in a serie). This is the fourth time in three years that suicide bombers have targeted churches or gatherings around Christian festivals. Last Sunday (17 Dec) at least two suicide bombers attacked a service at a Methodist church in Quetta, leaving 11 dead and 50 injured. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

Globalt - Wikipedia
Kristendom - andre religioner
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21-12-2017 - Kardinale fattigdomsidealer og millionindtægter

35 thousand euros a month for the Cardinal: the new scandal that shake
When he finished reading the inquiry drafted by the apostolic envoy he himself had sent to Honduras last May, Pope Francis' hands went up to his skullcap. He had just found out that his friend and main councilor - powerful cardinal Oscar Maradiaga, a staunch supporter of a poor and pauperist Church and coordinator of the Council of Cardinals after he appointed him in 2013 - had received over the years from the Catholic University of Tegucigalpa around 41,600 US dollars a month, with an additional 64,200 dollars bonus in December. Læs mere - [WorldWide Religious News (WWRN)]

Vatikanet - Wikipedia
Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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21-12-2017 - Arabisering af Islam i Malaysia
Religionskonflikt

, Worries about Malaysia's 'Arabisation' grow as Saudi ties strengthen
Malaysia's growing ties to Saudi Arabia - and its puritan Salafi-Wahhabi Islamic doctrines - are coming under new scrutiny as concerns grow over an erosion of traditional religious practices and culture in the multi-ethnic nation Læs mere - [Reuters]

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Islam - kristendom
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19-12-2017 - Evangelikal = hykler? Eller..
Politik - religion

, Can Evangelicalism Survive Donald Trump and Roy Moore?
For centuries, renewal movements have emerged within Christianity and taken on different forms and names. Often, they have invoked the word "evangelical." Followers of Martin Luther, who emphasized the doctrine of salvation by faith alone, described themselves in this way...(Article by Timothy Keller) Læs mere - [The New Yorker]

USA - Wikipedia
Kristendom
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15-12-2017 - Hvorfor brænder de kirker i Chile?
Religionskonflikt - forfølgelse

, Why are Chile's churches under attack?
Seven hours' drivesouth of Chile's capital, Santiago, in the Araucanía region, 27 churches have been burnt down in the past couple of years by a radical indigenous group, Weichan Auka Mapu. The attackers leave behind messages spelling out the demands of the Mapuches, an ancestral tribe whose land was taken from them during Chile's colonisation by Spanish Catholics. A high percentage of Mapuches now identify as Christian: 55% Catholic, 32% Protestant. But for some others, Christians are still seen as invaders. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

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Kristendom
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15-12-2017 - Cølibatet anbefales lempet - et resultat fra australsk undersøgelse af
Seksualitet - det kirkelige embede

, Australian probe into child abuse attacks Catholic celibacy
An Australian inquiry into child abuse recommended Friday that the Catholic Church lift its demand of celibacy from clergy and that priests be prosecuted for failing to report evidence of pedophilia heard in the confessional. Læs mere - [Religion News Service]

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Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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07-12-2017 - Økumeniske bevægelse fra konflikt til kommunion er irreversibel
Økumene

The journey from conflict to communion is irreversible
Referring to the commitment made by the LWF and Catholic Church during the Joint Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation in 2016 the LWF President (Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa) said "We have begun our irreversible journey from conflict to communion and we do not wish to let it cease ever again." Pope Francis said "We are also called to be on the watch against the temptation of halting along the way. In the spiritual life, as in ecclesial life, whenever we halt, we are turning back." Læs mere - [Lutheran World Federation]

Globalt - Wikipedia
Kristendom
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28-11-2017 - Paven generelt om etniske gruppers ret - nævner ikke Rohingya
Politik - fredsappel

Pope demands rights for all in Myanmar, omits 'Rohingya'
Pope Francis insisted Tuesday that Myanmar's future depends on respecting the rights of each ethnic group, an indirect show of support for Rohingya Muslims who have been subject to decades of discrimination and a recent military crackdown described by the U.N. as a textbook campaign of "ethnic cleansing." Læs mere - [Religion News Service]

Myanmar - Wikipedia
Kristendom - andre religioner
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27-11-2017 - Myanmars kristne håber at paven vil tale deres sag
Religionskonflikt

, Myanmar's Christians hope Pope Francis will speak for them
Pope Francis landed in Myanmar today (27 November) to start his six-day visit to Southeast Asia, raising the hopes of Christians there that he will address the issues they face in the majority-Buddhist nation.Among those welcoming the Pontiff in Yangon were more than 7,000 ethnic Kachin from the conflict-torn state in northern Myanmar, who had travelled down for the occasion, according to Catholic news agency UCAN. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

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24-11-2017 - Gud ikke længere "Herre" eller "han" (Det viste sig at være fake news!
Teologi

, Church of Sweden to stop referring to God as 'he' or 'Lord'
The Church of Sweden is urging its clergy to use gender-neutral language when referring to the supreme deity, refraining from using terms such as "Lord" and "he" in favour of the less specific "God. The move is one of several taken by the national Evangelical Lutheran church in updating a 31-year-old handbook setting out how services should be conducted in terms of language, liturgy, hymns and other aspects. Læs mere - [The Guardian]

Sverige - Wikipedia
Kristendom
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21-11-2017 - The strangest dream? Et skift fra krigens logik til fredens
Politik - fredsappel

Vatican's nuclear disarmament conference emphasizes shift toward logic
Shortly after participants in the recent Vatican symposium on nuclear disarmament heard Pope Francis definitively condemn the "very possession" of nuclear weapons, San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy said: "The church is in the midst of a fundamental reappraisal of how to balance the Christian obligation to nonviolence with the need to resist evil in the world." Læs mere - [National Catholic Reporter]

Vatikanet - Wikipedia
Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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17-11-2017 - Mugabes katolske konfessionarius mellemforhandler
Politik - religion


Mukonori, 70, the Mugabe family's longtime spiritual adviser, is trying to negotiate a deal that would transition Mugabe out of power or send him into comfortable exile, perhaps in neighboring South Africa.The priest first met Mugabe, a Catholic in an overwhelmingly Protestant country, in 1974 at a Jesuit social service agency outside the nation's capital, Harare, where Mugabe's sister worked.The priest has served as the first family's chaplain for all Mugabe's years in office, which have been marked by political and economic turmoil. Læs mere - [Religion News Service]

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Kristendom
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16-11-2017 - Voksende kristen kirke blandt Hmong-folket
Mission - vækst

, The 'remarkable religious transformation' of Vietnam's Hmong
Christianity started spreading among the Hmong in the highlands of northwest and central Vietnam in the late 1980s through a Hmong-language Christian radio program broadcast from Manila and has led to "a remarkable religious transformation . in the past three decades", according to academic Seb Rumsby, writing for The Diplomat. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

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Kristendom
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16-11-2017 - Klima-retfærd og mellemkirkelige dialog skal hænge sammen
Politik - religion

, Climate justice and interfaith dialogue should be connected
"Climate justice is a common challenge to all of us," says Daniel Sinanga, a member of The Lutheran World Federation delegation to the COP23 climate conference. The 25-year-old theologian comes from the Protestant Christian Batak Church in North Sumatra, Indonesia. Lutheran World Information spoke to him about his engagement in the issue of climate justice and his experience of participating in COP23 with the LWF delegation. Læs mere - [Lutheran World Federation]

Globalt - Wikipedia
Kristendom -luth.-evangel.
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15-11-2017 - Baptistkirke splittet på grund af kvindelig præst som leder
Seksualitet - det kirkelige embede

, Congregation, Tennessee Baptist Convention split over church's first f
After a more than 140-year relationship, First Baptist Church of Jefferson City and the Tennessee Baptist Convention are breaking up over the church's decision to hire the first woman to be its senior Læs mere - [Religion News Service]
pastor.

USA - Wikipedia
Kristendom, baptist
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13-11-2017 - Forholdet mand-kvinde (muslimske som kristne) eksponeres i konfliktern
Seksualitet - det civile liv

, My daughters have no future in the Middle East
..across the Middle East, women of all creeds and nationalities find themselves in a system where the power balance within couples and families tilts inevitably towards men. Among Muslim and Christian communities alike, when a woman marries it is custom for her to move into her husband's family home, where the woman of the house is not the new bride but her mother-in-law. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

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07-11-2017 - Et år Trump - i katolsk perspektiv
Politik - religion

A NATION UNDER TRUMP
A year ago, when the United States (and the rest of the world) learned that Donald Trump had been elected president of the United States, the immediate response was shock and amazement..The second response, among the progressive community, including many Catholics, was a series of calls to actions... Læs mere - [National Catholic Reporter]

USA - Wikipedia
Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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01-11-2017 - Pentekostal fængselskristendom
Kirkens liv

, The Faith of the 'Killable People'
Whatever doctrine might be preached, when there is Christian worship within the walls of prisons-among the world's damned-an ancient theology of hell is being recovered, incarnated on earth. It is Christ's descent to the dead, his triumphant ekklesia conquering the gates of Hades. Læs mere - [ChristianityToday]

USA - Wikipedia
Kristendom, pentecostal
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31-10-2017 - Transgender stadig ok i US-militær - mod Trump - i følge dom
Seksualitet - det civile liv

, US court bars Trump from reversing transgender troop policy
Issued at the urging of the president's evangelical advisors, the directives aimed to exclude transgender people from the military. A federal judge has barred President Trump's administration from proceeding with plans to exclude transgender people from military service. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled Monday (Oct. 31) that the transgender service members who sued over Trump's policy were likely to win their lawsuit.Religious motives? A comment goes: "The courts are running our country - just a different type of theocracy, except it is worship of the law, not Christ; Læs mere - [AP - Associated Press]

USA - Wikipedia
Kristendom - evangelikal
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31-10-2017 - Pentekostal lykke- og velstandsevangelium ændrer det kirkelige landska
Kirkens liv

, How the prosperity gospel is sparking a major change in predominantly
In a country struggling with the worst economic crisis in its history, with long lines at unemployment offices and public health clinics, perhaps it's not surprising that Brazilians are increasingly drawn to the promises of personal wealth. The belief that faith can lead to riches - known as the prosperity gospel - is a form of Pentecostalism, a Protestant movement that, in a modern-day version of the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago, is challenging the dominance of the Catholic Church in Latin America's most populous country Læs mere - [Washington Post]

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Kristendom, pentecostal
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31-10-2017 - Luthersk-katolsk dialog fejret i anledning af 500 års jubilæet
Kirkens liv

, On Reformation anniversary, Lutherans bridge divides with other faiths
"It is good to be here on this day, the day when they said that Martin Luther posted the 95 theses," said Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America at a daylong program Tuesday (Oct. 31) at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill. Though the program was jovial and festive - starting with an impromptu singing of "Jesus Loves Me"- it turned serious as it recalled divides with Catholics and later with Jews, Muslims and others. Læs mere - [Religion News Service]

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26-10-2017 - 10 protestantiske, pentakostale kirker tvunget lukket i Indien
Religionskonflikt

, Tamil Nadu authorities stop worship in ten Protestant churches
State authorities of Tamil Nadu have ordered ten Protestant churches in Coimbatore District to discontinue worship services, this according to Rev Johnson Sathyanathan, president of the local Synod Pentecostal Churches. Læs mere - [AsiaNews.it]

Indien - Wikipedia
Kristendom - hinduisme
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20-10-2017 - Immigrationspolitik: Kristne tvinges tilbage til Mellemøsten
Religionskonflikt

, Christians Could Return to Middle East, Thanks to Trump (Deportations)
Pressured by politics, violence, and discrimination, the movement of Christians out of the Middle East is nothing new. But now a global surge in anti-immigrant sentiment puts Arab churches in a peculiar position. How will they receive believers who didn't want to return home? Læs mere - [ChristianityToday]

Mellemøsten - Wikipedia
Kristendom
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20-10-2017 - Den russiske, katolske kirke mindes 100-året for Gulag-martyrer
Religionskonflikt - forfølgelse

, Russia's Catholics recall their 'gulag martyrs' 100 years after Lenin'
Though often viewed as an epoch of cultural and spiritual emptiness, Soviet rule produced profound Christian works of prose and poetry, offering vital reflections on a resilient faith. Læs mere - [National Catholic Reporter]

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Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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20-10-2017 - "Church Clarity" afdækker kirkers holdning til homoseksualitet
Seksualitet - det civile liv

, Church Clarity pressures pastors and churches to disclose views on hom
The organization claims to be neutral on the issue, but visitors will be excused from assuming otherwise based on the organization's leadership. Two of CC's co-founders - Tim Schraeder, who identifies as gay, and Sarah Ngu, who identifies as queer...Even still, CC's mission is one that many conservative Christians should embrace. Many evangelicals have decried the theological ambiguity of some churches and have called for greater clarity on the matter. Læs mere - [Religion News Service]

USA - Wikipedia
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19-10-2017 - Uretfærdig lov hindrer kirker i at holde gudstjeneste
Religionskonflikt

, 'unjust law' still denying churches their 'right to worship'
Churches in northern Algeria continue to clash with the authorities over permission to hold services in non-religious buildings. Authorities in Tizi Ouzou province - 100km east of the capital, Algiers - have said a 2006 law that regulates non-Muslim worship is breached by churches meeting in houses meant only for accommodation or commercial purposes. But the churches have cited the 2016 constitution, which states that religious freedom is guaranteed if in compliance with the law. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

Algeriet - Wikipedia
Islam - kristendom
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19-10-2017 - Berlin-udstilling om nazisternes brug af Luther
Kirkens historie

Berlin exhibit highlights how the Nazis exploited Martin Luther's lega
Martin Luther is such a towering figure in German history that it's no surprise Adolf Hitler's Third Reich exploited his name whenever it could. Most visitors to events in Germany marking this year's 500th anniversary of the Reformation, however, probably didn't expect to find an exhibition setting out just how extensively the Nazis used Luther to justify their anti-Semitism and nationalism. Læs mere - [Religion News Service]

Tyskland - Wikipedia
Kristendom, protestantisk
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15-10-2017 - Helgenkåring: 30 martyrer fra 15-1600 tallet
Kirkens liv

Pope adds 35 saints to church, nearly all martyrs
Thirty martyrs, including priests and lay persons, suffered anti-Catholic persecution in 1645 at the hands of Dutch Calvinists in Brazil, while three children, ages 12 and 13 who were indigenous persons in Mexico, were martyred in the 1520s for refusing to renounce their Catholic faith and return to their ancient traditions Læs mere - [Religion News Service]

Vatikanet - Wikipedia
Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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14-10-2017 - Evangelikale Megachurch Willow Creek med kvindelig leder
Kirkens liv

, Willow Creek Chooses Co-Ed Pastors to Succeed Bill Hybels
The historic transition will make Willow Creek one of the largest churches in America with a woman in the lead pastor position, as well as the only major evangelical megachurch with male-female lead pastors who aren't married. Læs mere - [ChristianityToday]

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Kristendom - evangelikal
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13-10-2017 - Ærkebiskop: sympati for Boko Haram næres af korruption og multinationa
Religionskonflikt

Behind Nigeria persecution 'lies prejudice, weak leadership, corruptio
Archbishop Matthew Kukah of Sokoto in north-western Nigeria told World Watch Monitor that sympathy for the extremist group in northern Nigeria's majority-Muslim states was fuelled by anger at the "endemic corruption [in the political system], which is part and parcel of the business being conducted by multinationals in Europe and America". Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

Nigeria - Wikipedia
Kristendom - islam
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11-10-2017 - Bibel og præsidentvalg
Politik - religion

Kenya's presidential race takes pages from the Bible
Religion has long figured prominently into Kenyan politics. But the great lengths presidential candidates and their supporters have gone to connect themselves to the Bible and its heroes in the lead-up to this month's presidential election have disturbed many religious leaders and scholars..Supporters of President Uhuru Kenyatta, the 56-year-old incumbent from the Jubilee Party and a Roman Catholic, compare him to David, as in the slayer of Goliath..Kenyatta's challenger, Raila Odinga - an Anglican who leads the opposition National Super Alliance - has referred to himself as Joshua, Læs mere - [Religion News Service]

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09-10-2017 - Naturkatastrofer set i bibelske perspektiver (Teodicé)
Teologi

, 'Armageddon'-Like California Wildfires Kill 11; Hundreds Missing as Ch
Wildfires have consumed over 27,000 acres of land, Fox News reported, and have destroyed at least 15,000 homes. Authorities added that 100 people have been injured, along with the 11 people killed. Santa Rose resident Ron Dodds described the scenes to local news outlet KTVU, saying, "It's a scary time. It looks like Armageddon." - link to: Where Is God in the Storms? Christ and the Problem of Natural Evil Læs mere - [Christian Post]

USA - Wikipedia
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06-10-2017 - Masseskyderi i kirke. Sociale medier: Ateisme årsag

, Atheists confronted possibility Texas shooter was one of their own
Quotation from social media: "The mass shooting today is the end result of atheist's worldview. Atheists have no basis for right or wrong. Hence, Sutherland Springs, TX." But: "On Monday, Texas law enforcement officials determined Kelley was motivated by a "domestic situation" and specifically ruled out religious beliefs as motive for targeting the small Baptist church. "This was not racially motivated, it wasn't over religious beliefs, it was a domestic situation going on.."" [See KirkenUpdate om Facebook to read different reactions and comments] Læs mere - []

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06-10-2017 - EU lukker øjnene for konverterede kristnes asylsøgeres risiko ved tilb
Etik og moral

, EU 'wilfully blind' to risks of deporting Christian converts back to A
European countries and the EU are "wilfully blind" to the risks facing Afghans who fail in their asylum claims and are sent home, according to a new report by Amnesty International. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

Europa - Wikipedia
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03-10-2017 - Julemandens grav fundet?
Kirkens historie

, ANCIENT TOMB OF SANTA CLAUS DISCOVERED BENEATH TURKISH CHURCH
Archaeologists in Turkey may be on the cusp of solving a mystery thousands of years in the making after they stumbled on a tomb beneath the ruins of an ancient church they believe contains the remains of Saint Nicholas-known popularly as Santa Claus. Læs mere - [Newsweek]

Tyrkiet - Wikipedia
Kristendom
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02-10-2017 - Ærkebiskops dilemma - om homoseksualitet er synd
Seksualitet - det civile liv

, Justin Welby unable to give 'straight answer' on whether gay sex is si
"Asked if he was trying to reconcile Anglican church leaders in places such as Uganda and more liberal churches principally in the UK and north America, Welby said: "It is irreconcilable. But, he added, homophobia was sinful "because you are hating individuals. I don't think it is sinful to say that you disagree with gay sex. But to express that by way of hatred for people is absolutely wrong in the same way as misogyny or racism is wrong." Læs mere - [The Guardian]

England - Wikipedia
Kristendom, anglikansk
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01-10-2017 - Evangelikale opfordrer Trump til at undsige Alt-Right Movement
Politik - religion

, Dozens of Evangelical Leaders Sign Open Letter Urging Trump to Denounc
Alt-right ideology does not represent constitutional conservatism. The Constitution promotes the dignity and equality of all people. It maintains that we all have the ability to contribute to a just and free society. Læs mere - [Haaretz]
The alt-right, however, attributes the uniqueness and achievements of America to the so-called superior capacities and virtues of Anglo-Europeans

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Kristendom - evangelikal
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01-10-2017 - 7 reaktioner på Las Vegas-skyderiet
Etik

, 7 Reactions to the Las Vegas Shooting Massacre
Fra Guvernør Sandoval, som vil være hos de ramte med "hjerte og bønner" (7), over teleevangelist Pat Robertson, som især kommer frem til at tilskrive vold på gaden manglende respekt for autoriteter (6), og Russel Moore, præsident for Southern Baptist, som advarer mod at kalde handlingen for udsprunget af guddommelig retfærdighed (5), CBS medarbejder og advokat, som ikke kan føle sympati for ofrene, fordi country-fans ofte er republikanske "gun toters" (hun er blevet fyret!) (4), tidligere FOX NEWS medarbejder O'Reilly at den slags skyderi er frihedens pris (3), Hillary Clniton, vi må stå op imod National Rifle Association (2), tilTrump: Vi er forenede i bedrøvelse, chock og sorg .. Vores enhed kan ikke rystes af det onde (1) . Læs mere - [Christian Post]

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29-09-2017 - Præst "byttegidsel" for Fethullah Gülen
Politik - religion

, Turkish president admits US pastor is a political hostage
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has for the first time confirmed publicly that a US pastor jailed in Turkey for the past 12 months is being held by his government as a political hostage. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

Tyrkiet - Wikipedia
Kristendom
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29-09-2017 - Den skotske kirkes accept af homo-vielse udfordring for den anglikansk
Seksualitet - det civile liv

, Anglican bishops prep for tough talks on same-sex marriage
The primates of the worldwide Anglican Communion will face another tough test next week when they gather in the U.K. to grapple with the Scottish Episcopal Church's backing of same-sex marriage, among other issues. The bishops will meet in Canterbury two months after the first gay Anglican wedding took place in Scotland, following the SEC's June vote to alter its canon law, which had previously defined marriage as between a man and a woman. Læs mere - [Religion News Service]

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25-09-2017 - Kristne og muslimers fælles vanskeligheder
Religionskonflikt

, Myanmar bishop brings support to US Karenni Catholics
The government suppression drove hundreds of thousands of Karen, Chin, Mon and Karenni to the border into Thailand or Malaysia. It was in Thailand camps that these young Karenni Catholics were born. Most of them came from Tjephe's diocese. Meanwhile, in the western Myanmar state of Rakhine, a minority Muslim people called Rohingya also face persecution. Although they have been living there for generations .. Pope Francis in mid-August said he was saddened by the news "of the persecution of a religious minority, our Rohingya brothers and sisters." Læs mere - [New Catholic Reporter]

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22-09-2017 - Irakisk-kurdiske kristne i vanskelig situation
Religionskonflikt

, Iraqi Christians At Odds with World on Kurdish Independence Referendum
Christians in the Middle East share a bond with the Kurds, both being minorities. That doesn't mean they're always political bedfellows, but they often share common interests. Whether an independent Kurdistan is among those interests is a point of dispute. "Everyone has a different opinion," says Grady Pickett, an American pastor in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, who has lived in the region for more than a decade. "Usually what we hear is, 'Baghdad has done nothing to help us the past three years. The Kurds welcomed us and helped us. We would rather be under Kurdish rule.'" Læs mere - [ChristianityToday]

Irak - Wikipedia
Kristendom - islam
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20-09-2017 - Teodicé og orkaner
Teologi

, How Do You Solve a Theological Problem Like Maria?
Ed Brown, who oversees creation care efforts for the Lausanne Movement, warns against seeing worsening storms as a result of God's wrath. "A balanced theology of creation care accepts that God created a world in which the events that we call 'natural disasters' have a normal role to play," he said. "Hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, and the like are a normal and necessary part of the natural order, and we should not see them as judgment or punishment." Læs mere - [ChristianityToday]

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19-09-2017 - Ortodox kirkes jordsalg i Israel under kritik
Kirke og økonomi

, Palestinians decry church patriarch's role in land deal
The Greek Orthodox Church has been plunged into a renewed crisis in the Holy Land as its leaders are accused of selling off land to extremist Jewish settlers in prime locations in Jerusalem's Old City. Hundreds of Palestinians rallied in the city this month to call for the removal of Patriarch Theophilos III, claiming that he had colluded with a settler organisation. Læs mere - [Aljazeera America]

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18-09-2017 - At ære Luthers eftermæle: Tage godt mod flygtninge
Politik - flygtninge

Germans Are Welcoming Refugees as a Way to Honor Luther's Legacy
Five hundred years later, the Reformer and German icon is strikingly relevant for the issues facing Germany today. Millions of Germans feel attached to Luther and, to many of them, his example urges their country to welcome refugees. "Luther was so human," said Markus Ziener, a veteran journalist with the influential German newspaper Handelsblatt who now teaches at a university in Berlin. "Because he struggled, the rest of us who struggle can identify with him and find him very approachable," Ziener said. Læs mere - [ChristianityToday]

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15-09-2017 - Muslimske kvinder må ægte ikke-muslimske mænd
Religionsmøde

, Tunisia lifts ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslims
Tunisian officials say the government has lifted a ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslims on the recommendation of the president, who says Tunisia needs to modernize. Muslim men were allowed to marry non-Muslim women, but not the other way around. A government official, who spoke Friday (Sept. 15) on condition of anonymity, said such marriages can now be freely registered. The plan has drawn the ire of Muslim clerics, who consider marriage rules unquestionable in Shariah, the system of Islamic law on which the Tunisian legal system is based. Læs mere - [Religion News Service]

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15-09-2017 - Historisk, armenisk kirke rippet
Religionskonflikt

, Historic Armenian Cathedral desecrated in southeast Turkey
Eighteen months after the Turkish government seized control of the largest Armenian cathedral in the Middle East, secretly taken photographs inside Diyarbakir's Surp Giragos Armenian Apostolic Church reveal considerable damage to the sanctuary and walls of the now desecrated church in southeast Turkey. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

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13-09-2017 - Katolsk orden går ind for eutanasi
Etik

, Belgian order defies pope, insists on allowing euthanasia
A Belgian religious congregation is defying Pope Francis' order to stop allowing euthanasia in its psychiatric hospitals, saying that its decision to do so is fully consistent with Catholic doctrine. Læs mere - [Religion News Service]

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Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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11-09-2017 - Flere ofre i hyrders og fastboendes kampe i midtbæltet end for BokoHar
Religionskonflikt

, When Fulani herdsmen and farmers clash
Many experts on Nigeria now believe that violence across the Middle Belt, which World Watch Monitor has reported at length, has been responsible for more deaths than Boko Haram. As Emmanuel Akinwotu wrote last year in the New Statesman, the conflict - between 'indigenous' settled farmers (mainly Christian) and nomadic Fulani herdsmen (mainly Muslim) - is an old one but shows no sign of abating as the impacts of climate change intensify. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

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08-09-2017 - Vietnamkrigen - og forandringer i kirken i USA
Politik - tro

, 'The Vietnam Years': How the conflict ripped the nation's religious fa
There was no unified religious or U.S. Christian response to the rapid escalation of the war in Vietnam in the mid- to late 1960s, just like there is no single response to the current war on Islamic extremism in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Africa. In the mid-1960s, Christian peace organizations such as the Catholic Worker movement, Clergy and Laity Concerned About Vietnam and the American Friends Service Committee protested rising American involvement, but mainstream groups such as the U.S. Catholic bishops conference and the National Association of Evangelicals firmly backed the hawkish policies of President Lyndon Johnson. Læs mere - [Religion News Service]

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08-09-2017 - Ny generation "mainline" protestantisme
Kirkens liv

, Stop the presses! There's a next generation for mainline Protestantism
Breaking down both white Catholics and white evangelicals by age cohort, millennials (18-to-29-year-olds) constitute just 11 percent of the total, making them the two oldest religious traditions in the country. White mainline millennials come in at 14 percent. Of course, being 14 percent young adult is not very good, if a tradition wants to perpetuate itself. But after decades of enduring criticism as the religious grouping aging most quickly into oblivion, mainline Protestantism (white people division) is in a position to look down and ask why conservative churches are shrinking. Læs mere - [Religion News Service]

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30-08-2017 - Russiske katolikker skeptiske ved kardinalbesøg
Økumene - forbehold og kritik

, Russia's Catholics react skeptically to Cardinal Parolin's visit
When Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's Secretary of State, ended his official trip to Russia on Aug. 24, news reports were full of praise for the latest expression of closeness between Rome and Moscow. But there are signs that not everyone is satisfied with the aloof tone of the four-day visit - or confident about its benefits for Catholics. Læs mere - [National Catholic Reporter]

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28-08-2017 - Demonstrationer mod "White Supremacy"
Politik - tro

, In Washington, clergy demonstrate against white supremacy
From Protestant preachers to Jewish cantors to Catholic nuns, religious leaders of a range of faiths demonstrated in the nation's capital for racial justice, criticizing the silence of some within their own ranks on the subject of white supremacy and questioning the morality of Trump administration policies. Læs mere - [Religion News Service]

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23-08-2017 - Spredning af kristendommen blandt unge i storbyer vækker bekymring
Mission

, Iran's clerics concerned by spread of Christianity among youth
Christianity is spreading fast among young people in some of Iran's most religiously conservative cities, causing concern among leading Islamic clerics, who blame foreign influence, according to Mohabat News. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

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22-08-2017 - Evangelikale ledere bakker Trump op #Charlottesville
Politik - tro

Prominent U.S. religious conservatives defend Trump after Charlottesvi
Evangelical Christian Jerry Falwell Jr said Trump could be more polished and politically correct but is not racist. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who last week criticized the white nationalists' "evil, sinful, disgusting behavior," said unequivocally on Sunday that the faith community stood by Trump. The responses reflect a balancing act by conservative Christians as they try to square the images that emerged from the Virginia city of Charlottesville last weekend - torch-carrying white supremacists and neo-Nazis toting swastika flags - with support for a president that failed to condemn them roundly and immediately. Læs mere - [Reuters]

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22-08-2017 - Al-Shahabaab dræber 4 kristne i Kenya. De ville ikke recitere Shahada
Religionskonflikt - forfølgelse

, Kenyan Christians killed for refusing to recite Islamic Shahada
Three Kenyan Christians were hacked to death by Al-Shabaab militants on Friday night (18 August) after they refused to recite the Islamic prayer of faith. A fourth Christian - the mentally challenged older brother of one of the three - was also killed. At around 9pm, Changawa Muthemba, who was . . [The artciclle reviews several killings this year] Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

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18-08-2017 - Stor kristen festival (Greenbelt) inkluderer muslimsk deltagelse
Kirkens liv

, Biggest Christian festival in the UK decides to showcase some Islam to
Greenbelt, the biggest Christian festival in the United Kingdom, will feature Muslim worship for the first time this year..this is the first year it is has made a concerted effort to feature Islamic culture and spirituality as a significant part of the festival, which will include instruction on Sufi chants - described on the Greenbelt website as "a unique form of mystical worship." Læs mere - [Religion News Service]

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18-08-2017 - Statsbegravelse af Pakistans "Mother Therese", dr. Ruth Pfau
Kirkens liv


For the first time in the recent history of Pakistan, a Christian, who is actually a German but adopted Pakistan has her homeland, is being honoured with a state funeral.
The World Health Organization set the year 2000 as the target for controlling leprosy. Pakistan achieved it four years earlier, in 1996, becoming the first country in Asia to have successfully controlled the spread of the disease - a goal Dr Pfau achieved almost single-handedly.
Dr Ruth Katherine Martha Pfau was a Catholic nun who belonged to the congregation of Daughters of the Heart of Mary... Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

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18-08-2017 - "Interfaith Movements" kan blive vor tids kamp mod "supremacy"
Religionsmøde - dialog

A Reflection on Supremacy and the Interfaith Movement
Earlier generations across the world have had to deal with this "supremacy challenge" in their own way, distinctive to their own time and location, and with whatever resources available to them. They've been sometimes more, sometimes less, successful.
Now it is our turn, and not just in one place in the world but many.
Will the outcomes be any different this time? Do we have the resources available to be more successful in our time than in the past?
I certainly don't want to over-promise, but I do want to suggest that the interfaith movements across the globe could provide a new resource for challenging the re-emergence of supremacy crusades. Læs mere - [Parliament of Religions]

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17-08-2017 - Seks muslimske lande og så Italien har de strengeste blasfemilove
Religionskonflikt

, Respecting Rights? Measuring the World's Blasphemy Laws
Did you know 71 of the world's 195 countries have blasphemy laws? Penalties for violating blasphemy laws in these countries can range from fines to imprisonment and death. USCIRF's groundbreaking report examines and compares the content of laws prohibiting blasphemy worldwide. Læs mere - [USCIRF]

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17-08-2017 - Den årlige mindemarch for Martin Luther King boostet af Charlotteville
Politik - racisme

Sharpton's thousand-minister march gains steam after Charlotteville
The Rev. Al Sharpton says his thousand-minister march is all the more urgent now than when he began planning it months ago. The Pentecostal-turned-Baptist minister says the recent violence in Charlottesville, Va., has sparked more interest and a greater need for clergy of many faiths to speak up at the march set for Aug. 28, the 54th anniversary of the March on Washington. The march will begin at the Washington memorial honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and end at Justice Department offices to protest increased hate crimes, discrimination and mass incarceration. Læs mere - [Religion News Service]

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17-08-2017 - Delstaters "constitutions" nævner alle Gud - men de forenedes gør ikke
Politik - religion

, God or the divine is referenced in every state constitution
The U.S. Constitution never explicitly mentions God or the divine, but the same cannot be said of the nation's state constitutions. In fact, God or the divine is mentioned at least once in each of the 50 state constitutions and nearly 200 times overall, according to a Pew Research Center analysis. Læs mere - [Pew Research Center for the People & the Press]

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14-08-2017 - Gud har givet Trump autoritet til.. (Rom 12 følges af Rom 13)
Politik - religion

God, Trump and North Korea: A pastor explains his politics
"What I said was that the Bible has given government the authority to use whatever force necessary, including assassination or war, to topple an evil dictator like Kim Jong Un," said Jeffress, elaborating on a Tuesday (Aug. 8) statement in which he said that God has giving Trump "authority to take out Kim Jong-Un." - "That authority comes from Romans 13. Paul said that government has been established by God to be an avenger of those who practice evil," Jeffress told RNS. "I made it very clear that Romans 12 says we are to forgive one another when people offend us.." Læs mere - [Religion News Service]

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03-08-2017 - USA kristne tilskriver den enkelte skyld for fattigdom
Politik - religion

, Christians are more than twice as likely to blame a person's poverty..
[Poll] .. 46 percent of all Christians said that a lack of effort is generally to blame for a person's poverty, compared with 29 percent of all non-Christians. The gulf widens further among specific Christian groups: 53 percent of white evangelical Protestants blamed lack of effort while 41 percent blamed circumstances, and 50 percent of Catholics blamed lack of effort while 45 percent blamed circumstances. In contrast, by more than 2 to 1, Americans who are atheist, agnostic or have no particular affiliation said difficult circumstances are more to blame when a person is poor than lack of effort (65 percent to 31 percent). Læs mere - [Washington Post]

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03-08-2017 - Kristne flygtninge fra Irak og Syrien har vidtforskellige perspektiver
Religionskonflikt

, Why Syrian and Iraqi Christians eye different futures
Iraqi Christians who decide to flee the Middle East feel they have no future there, whereas Syrian Christians wish to return home because they believe they have a future there under President Bashar Al-Assad. That is the view of human rights lawyer and genocide expert Ewelina Ochab, who has interviewed Christians from Iraq who have fled to Kurdistan or become refugees in Jordan. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

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03-08-2017 - Endnu en indisk stat ventes at indføre anti-konversionslov
Religionskonflikt

, Another state expected to pass 'anti-conversion law'
The eastern Indian state of Jharkhand has cleared the draft of an "anti-conversion bill" that could mean four-year prison sentences and 100,000 rupee fines (US$1,500) for those found to have forced another person to change religions, reports The New Indian Express. If what has been dubbed the "Religious Freedom Bill 2017" is passed, Jharkhand will become the latest state to have an "anti-conversion law", alongside Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

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01-08-2017 - Otte kirker i Baghdad lukket på grund af forfølgelse
Religionskonflikt

, 8 Churches Close in Baghdad Amid Shrinking Iraqi Christian Population
Eight Christian churches in Iraq's capital city of Baghdad have closed their doors due to the fact that so many Christians have fled the region out of fear of being persecuted by radical Muslims, a Christian human rights organization has reported. Læs mere - [The Christian Post]

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31-07-2017 - "The End of White Christian America"
Kirkens liv

How the Changing Church Will Define the Future of U.S. Politics
The End of White Christian America, is perfectly positioned to explain this era of American Christianity. It presents research that has massive implications for how we think about the future of Christianity and the future of the entire country. Drawing from his work at PRRI, Jones examines the numerical decline and waning cultural influence of white Christians in the U.S. He explores the anxieties of white Christians and the ways in which they are responding to a shifting national landscape. The book has proven to be powerfully insightful and timely, especially in light of President Donald Trump's election and his overwhelming white evangelical support. Læs mere - [Worldwide Faith News]

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24-07-2017 - JehovasVidner, protestanter, pentekostale, muslimer - en slags lighed?
Religionskonflikt

, One year of Russian "anti-missionary" punishments
One year on from the introduction of penalties in Russia for ill-defined "missionary activity" - which the Russian authorities also impose in Crimea, which they occupied in March 2014 - Forum 18 found 13 such administrative cases brought in Crimea against individuals (Article 5.26, Part 4). Eight of these - including Jehovah's Witnesses, Protestants and a Muslim - are known to have been fined about ten days' average local wages each. Some were punished for participating in religious meetings of a community they belonged to. Læs mere - [Forum 18]

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24-07-2017 - Beijing fastholder kontrol med den katolske kirke
Religionskonflikt

, Chinese official indicates Beijing to retain tight grip on church
Yu Zhengsheng, a member of the elite seven-man Politburo Standing Committee and chair of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, told members of the open church community "to ensure that the leadership of the Chinese Catholic Church is held firmly in the hands of those who love the nation and the religion," reported ucanews.com.
Yu spoke to about 100 bishops, priests, nuns and lay leaders at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing July 19 at an event commemorating the 60th anniversary of the state-controlled Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association. He made his comments amid continuing talks between Beijing and the Vatican about the normalization of the appointment of bishops, the first step in a path that could lead to the establishment of diplomatic relations. Læs mere - [WorldWide Religious News (WWRN)]

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23-07-2017 - Kristen beder sammen med muslimer i protest med restriktioner
Religionsmøde - fælles religiøs praksis

, Christian man prays with Jerusalem Muslims as religious tensions flare
Nidal Aboud stood out as one among many. As the men around him bowed, he made the sign of the cross. As they chanted their prayers, he read the Bible to himself. And as they said "Allahu Akbar" -- God is greatest -- he stood silently and respectfully. He was the only Christian among thousands of Muslims at Friday prayers in the Wadi el-Joz he photograph, taken by CNN, of this simple interfaith moment has been published in local media and widely shared on social network sites as a touching example of cooperation in a time of conflict. The prayers took place after Israel restricted access to Al-Aqsa mosque.. Læs mere - [CNN]

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23-07-2017 - Første fremtræden efter 10 år - den nu 90årige patriark til messe
Religionskonflikt

Patriarch's first appearance in decade dismissed as 'figleaf'
Patriarch Abune Antonios participated in a Mass at St Mary's Cathedral in the capital, Asmara, on Sunday (16 July), during which a deacon appeared to distance the Church from its silenced leader. Following ten years with no word of his welfare, rights agencies welcomed the proof that the 90-year-old diabetic Patriarch is still alive, but were dismayed that his appearance signalled neither his release nor his reinstatement as the Eritrean Orthodox Church (EOC)'s legitimate leader. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

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23-07-2017 - Flere og flere protestanter dropper tilhørsforhold til trossamfund
Kirkeliv - statistik

, The Rise of the Nons: Protestants Keep Ditching Denominations
The proportion of Protestants in the United States who don't identify with a specific denomination doubled between 2000 and 2016, according to a Gallup poll released this week. Now, about 1 in 6 Americans are nondenominational Christians. The growing popularity of nondenominational identity is the result of two trends: the decline in the number of Protestants overall, as more Americans eschew any religious affiliation (becoming "the nones"), and shrinking denominations themselves. Læs mere - [WorldWide Religious News (WWRN)]

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13-07-2017 - Vatican-redaktør kritiserer katolsk/evangelikalsk højre-alliance
Politik og kirke

Confidant of Pope Francis condemns US religious right
A close confidant of Pope Francis, writing Thursday (July 13) in a Vatican-approved magazine, condemned the way some American evangelicals and their Roman Catholic supporters mix religion and politics, saying their worldview promotes division and hatred. The Rev. Antonio Spadaro, editor of the influential Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica, said a shared desire for political influence between "evangelical fundamentalists" and some Catholics has inspired an "ecumenism of conflict" that demonizes opponents and promotes a "theocratic type of state." Læs mere - [Religion News Service]

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13-07-2017 - Kristne aflyser sommeraktiviteter af frygt for terror
Religionskonflikt - forfølgelse

, Terrorist threat forces Egyptian Christians to cancel summer activitie
The churches of Egypt are temporarily shutting down their summer activities. "I asked all our churches and conference centres to cancel their trips and events for the next three weeks," Dr. Andrea Zaki, president of the Protestant Churches of Egypt, told World Watch Monitor. "There is news they could be targeted by radicals." Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

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13-07-2017 - Jesuitter kritiserer alliance mellem katolikker og evangelikale (USA)
Politik - religion

, Italian Jesuit magazine criticizes political attitudes of some US Cath
An Italian Jesuit magazine has criticized the political attitudes of some in the U.S. Catholic church, decrying in an article released July 13 a "strange form of surprising ecumenism" that it says is promoting societal conflict in pursuit of a dream of a future theocratic state. Læs mere - [National Catholic Reporter]
The article in La Civiltů Cattolica, which is reviewed by the Vatican before publication, says some Catholic conservatives in the U.S. have built ties with fundamentalist evangelicals for political purposes that evince "enormous differences" with Pope Francis.

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12-07-2017 - Ung kvinde koptisk kvinde dræbt - femte kopter på kort tid - frygt
Religionskonflikt - forfølgelse

, Murder of fifth Copt in six weeks creating 'state of fear and terror'
Her death follows the killings of four other Coptic Christians since the end of May, which one priest said was part of "the most aggressive campaign against [the Copts] in the history of modern Egypt". In February Islamic State vowed to "wipe out" Egypt's Copts, though no group or individual has claimed responsibility for these latest incidents. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

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12-07-2017 - Malta vedtager homoægteskab - trods den katolske kirkes størrelse
Seksualitet - det civile liv

, Malta OKs same-sex marriages over Catholic Church protest
Only one lawmaker out of 67 in the Maltese parliament voted against the legislation, signaling its broad support on the island nation despite opposition from the Catholic Church. Nationalist lawmaker Edwin Vassallo cited his Catholic faith and its incompatibility with what he called a "morally unacceptable" law. "As a Christian politician I cannot leave my conscience outside the door" when voting, Vassallo said. The Labor government had promised to introduce the bill as its first law after winning a second term last month. Both opposition parties supported it, ensuring its passage. Læs mere - [World Relgion News /AP]
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat hailed the "historic" vote, saying it showed Maltese society had reached "an unprecedented level of maturity." "We live in a society where we can all say 'we are equal,'

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01-07-2017 - Markant lederskift i "Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith"
Organisation og ledelse

Pope shakes up Vatican by replacing conservative doctrinal chief
(The pope does not prolongs the leadership by the conservative cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Mueller, replaces him with) Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, a 73-year-old Spaniard who, like the Argentine pope, is a member of the Jesuit order, is said by those who know him to be a soft-spoken person who shuns the limelight. Mueller, by contrast, often appears in the media. "They speak the same language and Ladaria is someone who is meek. He does not agitate the pope and does not threaten him," said a priest who works in the Vatican and knows both Mueller and Ladaria, asking not to be named. Since his election in 2013, Francis has given hope to progressives who want him to forge ahead with his vision for a more welcoming church that concentrates on mercy rather than the strict enforcement of rigid rules th Læs mere - [Religion News Service]

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Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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27-06-2017 - Halvdelen af evangelikale født efter 1964 finder homovielse ok
Seksualitet - det civile liv

, Poll shows a dramatic generational divide in white evangelical attitud
A new Pew Research Center study shows that about half of evangelicals born after 1964 favor gay marriage, compared to 26 percent of older evangelicals. Læs mere - [Washington Post]

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26-06-2017 - Indien, Saudi og Pakistan i top mht pres på religionsfriheden
Religionskonflikt

, 'Change your image of India from a nice backpacking trip to Taj Mahal!
India, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan top the list of countries where religious freedom is under pressure, according to the Annual Interim Report 2017 of the European Parliament Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Religious Tolerance's, presented in Brussels last week. "Forget the image of a nice backpacking trip [.] Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]
Kovind's potential appointment as the next Indian President will worry religious minorities, after he said that "Islam and Christianity are alien to the nation".

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10-06-2017 - Efter 40 år: Det kristne venstre ind på banen i politik
Politik - religion

Religious Liberals out of Politics for 40 Years. Now want in the Game
After 40 years in which the Christian right has dominated the influence of organized religion on American politics - souring some people on religion altogether, studies show - left-leaning faith leaders are hungry to break the right's grip on setting the nation's moral agenda. ("Moral Mondays" protests) Læs mere - [New York Times]

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09-06-2017 - Vil stoppe angreb på religion - Trump til applauderende evangelikale
Politik - religion

'It's time to put a stop to attacks on religion,' Trump tells appl..
"We will end the discrimination against people of faith. Our government will once again celebrate and protect religious freedom," Trump, a Presbyterian not known to be particularly religious, told more than 1,000 people in a hotel ballroom across town from the hearing. He said he and his audience were "under siege." Læs mere - [The Salt Lake Tribune]
The sentiment resonates with evangelicals, who often charge that American politics and culture have shunted them aside. Across the divide, other parts of the electorate accuse conservative Christians of using the government to impose their values on others.

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09-06-2017 - Megachurches - i stadig vækst
Kirkeliv - statistik

, WHERE ARE ALL THE MEGACHURCHES?
Protestant megachurches have increased from 600 at the turn of the century to more than 1,600 today. And the South has almost as many as the rest of the U.S. combined. The megachurches database from the Hartford Institute for Religion Research includes 1,642 American congregations with sustained attendance of at least 2,000 persons in its worship services. Of those, 810 are in the South, giving the region 49 percent of the nation's largest churches. Læs mere - [Facts and Trends]

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07-06-2017 - Kristne præster og shia-forkyndende muslim forsvundet
Religionskonflikt

, Christian preachers' disappearance in Malaysia stokes fears of..
Pastor Koh had been accused of attempting to convert Muslims - a crime in Malaysia - and had a received death threat. Less is known about the abduction of the Christian pastor Joshua Hilmy - a convert from Islam - and his wife Ruth, who were reported missing in March.
A fourth person also disappeared in a similar way. Amri Che Mat, abducted in November, according to witnesses, was accused of preaching Shia Islam, which is not recognised in officially Sunni Malaysia. Læs mere - [The Guardian]

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01-06-2017 - Kristne forfølges på øen Mindanao. Isis søger fodfæste for kalifatet
Religionskonflikt

, ISIS Flag Flies in Asia's Most Christian Country
More than 100 people have been killed and hundreds more taken hostage in the span of a week on the island of Mindanao, home to a Muslim minority in the majority-Catholic archipelago. Insurgents have targeted Christians and those who cannot prove themselves to be fellow Muslims. Experts believe the Islamic State is poised to create a caliphate in Southeast Asia, including this island in particular. Læs mere - [ChristianityToday]

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30-05-2017 - Nonneorden under clausur åbner for digitale medier og kontakt
Kirkens liv

, Cloistered nuns on Facebook: What's not to like?
They spent their lives as nuns in silent prayer, cut off from the world at a convent inspired by St. Clare on the island of Sardinia. Now the 10 remaining nuns who live behind the high walls of the convent in Oristano are breaking their silence and turning their back on tradition. With their own website, Facebook page and even a cellphone, the nuns are embracing the internet and social media and raising their profile as part of an effort to ensure the order's survival. Læs mere - [Religion News Service]

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Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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27-05-2017 - Manchester - sekulære og kirkelige sørgeritualer smelter sammen
Kirkens liv

, Mourning in Manchester, religious and secular traditions meet and meld
A week after a terrorist bomb killed more than 20 and left scores injured, the people of Manchester will make their way through the streets of their grief-stricken city in one of its most traditional and religious events: the Whit Walk. Læs mere - [Religion News Service]
This will be a moment where the old Manchester meets the new, when the Christian tradition of the walk, commemorating the Feast of Whitsun - or Holy Trinity - meets the secular rituals that have come to define public mourning since this increasingly irreligious nation said goodbye to Princess Diana, who died 20 years ago.

England - Wikipedia
Kristendom
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27-05-2017 - En diktator og forbryders omvendelse: Manuel Noriega, Panama
Konversion

, For two evangelical Christians, Manuel Noriega became the ultimate..
Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega had been locked up in a federal prison outside Miami for less than a week when a package arrived with his name on it. Inside was a leather-bound copy of the Soul Winner's New Testament, an evangelical text designed to convert people to Christianity. It was January 1990. Noriega, who died Monday at 83, had surrendered to U.S. forces at the beginning of the month following the military invasion of Panama under President George H.W. Bush. Læs mere - [Washington Post]

Uganda, Kampala - Wikipedia
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26-05-2017 - 28 koptiske kristne på vej i bus dræbt - 24 sårede
Religionskonflikt - forfølgelse

, Masked gunmen kill 28 in attack on Christians in Egypt
Gunmen attacked a group of Coptic Christians traveling to a monastery in central Egypt on Friday, killing 28 people and wounding 24, with many children among the victims, Health Ministry officials said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which came on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan. It followed a series of church bombings claimed by Islamic State in a campaign of violence against the Copts. Læs mere - [Religion News Service]

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Islam - kristendom
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17-05-2017 - Rumæniens parlament: Ægteskab er mellem mand og kvinde
Seksualitet - det civile liv

, Romania, close to ban on same-sex marriage
The Romanian Chamber of Deputies has voted in favor of a proposal to amend the Constitution to ensure that marriage is defined as the union of one man and one woman. The proposal, led by a group called Coalition for Family, passed with 232 votes in favor, 22 against and 13 abstentions. The group had collected three million signatures in support of this initiative last year. Læs mere - [Evangelical Focus]

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17-05-2017 - Bibler og koraner beslagslægges, bøder idømmes
Religionskonflikt

, Deportation, fines, Bible and Koran seizures
A Russian was deported with no court decision and home-owner fined after police raided a Tashkent Christian meeting. Officials told a Muslim seeking back her seized Koran manuscript that police cannot be prosecuted. Tashkent Airport customs seized pilgrims' Korans. A court ordered New Testament texts destroyed. Læs mere - [Forum 18]

Uzbekistan - Wikipedia
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15-05-2017 - Paven tvivler på den fortsatte åbenbaringer i Medjugorje
Spiritualitet (troens liv og former)

, Pope says doubts Medjugorje apparitions are authentic
Pope Francis has voiced serious doubt about the authenticity of alleged continuing apparitions of the Madonna in Medjugorje, a once-obscure village in Bosnia boosted by the pilgrim business. "These presumed apparitions don't have a lot of value. This I say as a personal opinion," he told reporters on his plane returning on Saturday night from Portugal where he gave the Catholic Church two new child saints. Læs mere - [Reuters]

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Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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14-05-2017 - Kristne militser dræber. Muslimer søger tilflugt i moske.
Religionskonflikt

, Christian militias kill up to 30 Muslim civilians in Central African R
Hundreds of civilians are seeking refuge inside a mosque in the Central African Republic's border town of Bangassou amid ongoing attacks by Christian militias that have killed up to 30 civilians, U.N. officials and aid workers said on Sunday ...Central African Republic has been plagued by interreligious violence since 2013, when mainly Muslim Seleka fighters seized power and ousted then-President Francois Bozize, prompting reprisal killings from anti-balaka militias drawn from the Christian minority. Læs mere - [Religion News Service]

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10-05-2017 - Siouxstamme får land tilbage af Jesuitterne. Fortids synder undskyldes
Politik - tro

Sioux tribe receives land from South Dakota Jesuits
The Jesuit-run St. Francis Mission, which serves the Lakota peoples in south-central South Dakota, announced it will return about 500 acres to the Rosebud Sioux tribe, a band of Lakotas with a reservation in the same area... The Society of Jesus, commonly known as the Jesuits, has made reparations to other minority groups before. Last month, Georgetown University, a Jesuit school, apologized for owning and selling slaves. Læs mere - [Religion News Service]

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09-05-2017 - Akok, kristen guvenør, idømt to års fængsel for blasfemi
Religionskonflikt

Jakarta's Christian governor jailed for blasphemy against Islam
Jakarta's Christian governor has been sentenced to two years in jail for blasphemy, a harsher-than-expected ruling critics fear will embolden hardline Islamist forces to challenge secularism in Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-majority nation. Tuesday's guilty verdict for Basuki Tjahaja Purnama comes amid concern about the growing influence of Islamist groups, who organized mass rallies during a tumultuous election campaign that ended with Purnama losing his bid for another term as governor. President Joko Widodo was an ally of Purnama, an ethnic-Chinese Christian who is popularly known as "Ahok", and the verdict will be a setback for a government that has sought to quell radical groups and soothe investors' concerns that the country's secular values were at risk. Læs mere - [Reuters]

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07-05-2017 - Religiøsitet præger den politiske verden i England mere og mere
Sekularisering


..Indeed, just days before she (Theresa May) took the nation by surprise by announcing a general election, May offered an Easter message, in which she spoke of herself as a vicar's daughter. "This Easter I think of those values that we share . values of compassion, community, citizenship," she said. "These are values we all hold in common, and values that are visibly lived out every day by Christians, as well as by people of other faiths or none." Læs mere - [Religion News Service]

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05-05-2017 - Trumps "executive order" vedrørende religiøs frihed uden konsekvenser
Religionsfrihed

Many religious freedom advocates are actually disappointed with..
"For the people in this room, the Johnson Amendment is not a priority," he said. "We should say thank you, but [what the executive order does] should have been totally expected." Several religious freedom experts and observers said Thursday they don't expect the executive order to change anything. Læs mere - [Washington Post]
The Johnson Amendment is so rarely enforced that the language in the executive order about free speech is practically meaningless, said John Inazu, a professor at Washington University in St. Louis.

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05-05-2017 - Paven på pilgrimsfærd for fred til Fatima i Portugal
Kirkens liv

Francis' trip to Fatima to be taken as pilgrimage for peace
That's because when 9-year-old Lúcia Dos Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto first reported seeing Mary on May 13, 1917 - three years into the gruesome World War I then destroying Europe - they said she had told them to pray the rosary every day for an end to the fighting.Mary was "breaking into a time of great social upheaval," said Natalia Imperatori-Lee, a theologian who has focused her research on the interplay of Mariology and ecclesiology. "There's a lot that's parallel to our current situation." Læs mere - [National Catholic Register]

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Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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04-05-2017 - Det franske præsidentvalg og de "religiøse ledere"
Politik - religion

French clerics' stands on Le Pen populism range from resistance to
Religious leaders are supposed to remain politically neutral, especially in officially secularist France, and many preachers respect this rule or cite it to avoid stirring up disputes in their congregations. But after a venomous brawl of a televised debate on Wednesday (May 3) between Le Pen and centrist front-runner Emmanuel Macron, the heads of the Muslim, Jewish and Protestant communities came out on Thursday in favor of Macron. "We're well aware that our official positions oblige us to remain politically neutral, but as responsible citizens, we call clearly to vote for Emmanuel Macron on Sunday," they said in an unprecedented joint declaration. Læs mere - [WorldWide Religious News (WWRN)]

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24-04-2017 - Kristen aktivitet begrænses til kirkebygningen
Religionskonflikt

, Ethiopian state considers restricting 'Christian activity' to church
Ethiopia's northern Tigray State is considering adopting a new law that would restrict Christian activities to within official church compounds, rendering illegal the activities of smaller churches that do not own their own buildings and gather in houses. The law, if passed, would most affect Christians from outside the Ethiopian Orthodox Church because any church that wanted to have its own land would need to prove that it had at least 6,000 members - a greater number than the total population of non-Orthodox Christians in the state. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

Etiopien - Wikipedia
Kristendom
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23-04-2017 - Tyrkisk inddragelse af kirker og landområder foruroliger armenierne
Religionskonflikt

, Turkey's Seizure of Churches and Land Alarms Armenians
The Turkish government has seized the historic Armenian Surp Giragos Church, a number of other churches and large swaths of property in the heavily damaged Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, saying it wants to restore the area but alarming residents who fear the government is secretly aiming to drive them out. Læs mere - [New York Times]

Tyrkiet - Wikipedia
Kristendom
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20-04-2017 - Tilgivelse bevæger - koptere og muslimer i Ægypten
Etik

, Forgiveness: Muslims Moved as Coptic Christians Do the Unimaginable
Twelve seconds of silence is an awkward eternity on television. Amr Adeeb, perhaps the most prominent talk show host in Egypt, leaned forward as he searched for a response.
"The Copts of Egypt . are made of . steel!" he finally uttered.
Moments earlier, Adeeb was watching a colleague in a simple home in Alexandria speak with the widow of Naseem Faheem, the guard at St. Mark's Cathedral in the seaside Mediterranean city.."I'm not angry at the one who did this," said his wife, children by her side. "I'm telling him, 'May God forgive you, and we also forgive you. Believe me, we forgive you.' Læs mere - [ChristianityToday]

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Kristendom - islam
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20-04-2017 - Sats ikke på en opkomst af en venstreorienteret, religiøs vækkelse
Politik - religion

Don't Bet On The Emergence Of A 'Religious Left'
In the wake of McCrory's loss and Trump's win, left-leaning faith-based groups around the country have kicked off a spurt of activism around issues such as immigration and health care, which has led to suggestions that a progressive religious movement is emerging to counter the religious right. It's doubtful, however, that a revitalized "religious left" will actually materialize.
The first and perhaps most significant reason for skepticism is that there are far fewer religious liberals today than there were a generation ago. Nearly four in 10 (38 percent) liberals are religiously unaffiliated today, more than double the percentage of the 1990s, according to data from the General Social Survey. Læs mere - [FiveThirtyEight]

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19-04-2017 - 2060: Kun 14% af verdens kristne bor i Europa
Demografi

, Sub-Saharan Africa will be home to growing shares of the world's
This shift in the regional concentration of the global Christian population is being driven by a combination of demographic factors, including fertility, age and migration, as well as religious switching into and out of Christianity. In sub-Saharan Africa, Christians, on average, are relatively young and have more children than their coreligionists elsewhere, contributing to the projected rapid population growth in the decades ahead. Læs mere - [Pew Research Center for the People & the Press]

Globalt - Wikipedia
Kristendom
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18-04-2017 - Undskyldning for profit på slavehandel tilbage i Universitets fortid
Politik - tro

, Georgetown University apologizes for role in slave trade
The leader of the Catholic religious order that helped found Georgetown University addressed more than 100 descendants of slaves and sought their forgiveness. "Today the Society of Jesus, which helped to establish Georgetown University and whose leaders enslaved and mercilessly sold your ancestors, stands before you to say: We have greatly sinned, in our thoughts and in our words, in what we have done and in what we have failed to do," said the Rev. Timothy Kesicki, president of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States. Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

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Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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17-04-2017 - Steve Bannons teologi
Politik - religion

The Theology of Stephen K. Bannon
Since his career as a documentary filmmaker in the early 2000s, to his tenure as the head of Breitbart News, to his most recent speeches and interviews, Bannon has in fact articulated a fairly consistent religious ideology. While he was raised and self-identifies as Catholic, Bannon does not express a worldview that would be recognized by most Catholic theologians today. Rather, he has crafted his own complex amalgam that combines aspects of Christianity with a profoundly dualistic worldview, an intensely negative view of Islam, and a quasi-apocalyptic historical narrative drawn from novels and popular sources. Læs mere - [WorldWide Religious News (WWRN)]

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17-04-2017 - Skisme i syn på ægteskab og skilsmisse - et overblik
Seksualitet - det civile liv

, Conservative opposition to Pope Francis spurs talk of a schism..
Of all the recent attacks launched by conservatives against Pope Francis, one stood out more than most. It came from a German cardinal (Gerhard Müller), who is one of the most powerful men in the Vatican. And it underlined a growing backlash in the church to some of Francis' more progressive ideas - a backlash led largely by German and American bishops who fear the pope may be overturning centuries of doctrine on divorce, among other matters. Læs mere - [Los Angeles Times]

Vatikanet - Wikipedia
Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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16-04-2017 - Påskedag: Paven beder indtrængende for fred og retfærdighed
Politik - fredsappel

, In Easter message, pope warns against the spread of conflict
in an impassioned plea for justice and peace, Francis singled out Saturday's (April 15) deadly attack that killed around 100 refugees, including children, in Syria. A vehicle filled with explosives struck the bus convoy from government-held towns near Aleppo. In his message to tens of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square, the pope asked God to "support the efforts of those who are actively engaged in bringing healing and comfort to the civilians of beloved Syria, the victim of a war that does not cease to cause horror and death. Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

Vatikanet - Wikipedia
Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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14-04-2017 - Langfredag - tre år: 195 bortgørte Chibok-piger savnes stadig
Religionskonflikt - forfølgelse

, Good Friday marks 3 years of agony for Chibok parents
Residents of Chibok are still fearful because Boko Haram has recently attacked nearby towns such as Mifah, Kautikari, Makalama and Balakle, and scores of families have been displaced to Mbalala, three miles from Chibok. There is a heavy military presence in Chibok and three of the town's 13 schools have partially reopened. However, the Open Doors spokeswoman said parents are terrified of sending their children back to school in case Boko Haram strikes again, and church activities are carried out under heavy security. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

Nigeria - Wikipedia
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13-04-2017 - Skærtorsdag: Paven vasker 12 fangers fødder
Kirkens liv

On Maundy Thursday, Pope Francis washes the feet of 12 prisoners
Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 prisoners in a prison outside the Italian capital known for housing Mafia turncoats as part of a Maundy Thursday Lenten ritual that is also in keeping with the pope's theme of mercy. As in years past, the 80-year-old pontiff poured water on the prisoners' feet and kissed them to recall Jesus' washing the feet of his apostles at the Last Supper, which Christians believe took place Thursday (April 13) two millennia ago. Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

Vatikanet - Wikipedia
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09-04-2017 - Palmesøndag: ISIS bombeangreb dræber mere end 40 til gudstjenester
Religionskonflikt - forfølgelse

ISIS Church Bombings Kill Dozens at Palm Sunday Services in Egypt
Attacks at two Coptic Orthodox churches in Egypt's Nile Delta killed more than 40 people and injured more than 100 others during Palm Sunday services-including the one where Pope Tawadros II was worshiping. ISIS claimed responsibility. In February, the Egypt chapter of the Islamist extremists had released a threatening video calling Coptic Christians "our priority and our preferred prey." Soon after, about 100 Christian families fled their homes in the Sinai Peninsula amid a string of murders. Læs mere - [ChristianityToday]

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08-04-2017 - Kvinder, bibelobersættelse og mission
Mission - arbejdsmåder

How Single Women Became an Unstoppable Force in Bible Translation
When women in the 1930s and '40s challenged the church's hesitancy to send female missionaries into remote areas, the early leadership of what would eventually become Wycliffe Bible Translators couldn't argue against them. So began generations of women learning far-away tongues, recounting Bible stories, and bringing New Testaments into new languages. Over the past several decades, unmarried women in particular have dedicated their lives to Bible translation. Læs mere - [ChristianityToday]

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Kristendom
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05-04-2017 - Brudflader i Pave Frans' ord om og syn på kvinder
Kirkens liv

Francis's Words About Women - What Does He Really Think?
Rita Ferone: "Women, in the Church, are more important than bishops and priests; how, this is something we have to try to explain better, because I believe that we lack a theological explanation of this." How might we read this quote from Pope Francis? Is the assertion that women "are more important than bishops and priests" just another attempt to put women on a pedestal without saying anything specific? Læs mere - [Commonweal Magazine]

Vatikanet - Wikipedia
Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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27-03-2017 - Evangelisk kirkeboom på Cuba
Kirkens liv

, Despite some tensions, evangelical churches booming in Cuba
An Associated Press examination has found a more complicated picture. Pastors and worshippers say Cuba is in the middle of a boom in evangelical worship, with tens of thousands of Cubans worshipping unmolested across the island each week. While the government now recognizes freedom of religion, it doesn't grant the right to build churches or other religious structures. It has demolished a handful of churches in recent years, but allowed their members to continue meeting in makeshift home sanctuaries. And like the Roman Catholic Church, the island's dominant denomination, evangelical churches have begun providing social services once monopolized by the Communist government. Læs mere - [AP - Associated Press]

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26-03-2017 - Ærkepispedømmet Mexico advarer firmaer mod at tjene på Trumps mur
Politik - religion

Mexicans who help build Trump wall are 'traitors,' top archdiocese say
In a provocative editorial published Sunday (March 26), the country's biggest archdiocese sought to increase pressure on the government to take a tougher line on companies aiming to profit from the wall, which has strained relations between Trump and the Mexican government. "Any company intending to invest in the wall of the fanatic Trump would be immoral, but above all, its shareholders and owners should be considered traitors to the homeland," said the editorial in Desde la fe, the archdiocese's weekly publication. Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

Mexico - Wikipedia
Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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24-03-2017 - Præsidentvalget: søkulariseringen får modspil
Politik - religion

Religion emerges in secular French politics as presidential campaign..
Playing the religion card so openly is unusual in France, where the official separation of church and state is normally taken so seriously that politicians rarely if ever mention in public whether they have a faith or not. But this two-round election, on April 23 and May 7, is not taking place in normal times. After several deadly attacks by militant Islamists in recent years and sliding support for the main parties, politicians - especially from the right and far-right - are harking back to a secularized version of France's traditional Catholic identity as one of several ways to mobilize voters. Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

Frankrig - Wikipedia
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24-03-2017 - Paven advarer EU mod mangel på idealer og knæfald for populismen
Politik - tro

Francis bemoans EU's 'loss of ideals' in meeting with 27 national..
Calling solidarity "the most effective antidote to modern forms of populism," Francis said its work "entails the awareness of being part of a single body, while at the same time involving a capacity on the part of each member to 'sympathize' with others and with the whole." "Forms of populism are the fruit of an egotism that hems people in and prevents them from overcoming and 'looking beyond' their own narrow vision," he said. "There is a need to start thinking once again as Europeans, so as to avert the opposite dangers of a dreary uniformity or the triumph of particularisms." Læs mere - [National Catholic Reporter]

Vatikanet - Wikipedia
Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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18-03-2017 - Paven besøger Al-Azhar for at fortsætte den påbegyndte dialog
Religionsmøde

, Pope's Egypt visit offers chance to improve Catholic-Muslim ties
Pope Francis will make a trip to Egypt next month, giving the pontiff another opportunity to promote better relations between Catholics and Muslims. Francis has accepted an invitation to Cairo on April 28-29 from President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Catholic bishops, the pope of the Coptic church of Alexandria and the country's highest Islamic authority, Al-Azhar, the Vatican said Saturday (March 18) in a statement. Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

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Kristendom - islam
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13-03-2017 - Den episkopale kirke i Skotland på vej mod tilladelse af homo-vielse
Seksualitet - det civile liv

, Overhwelming vote to allow provision for equal marriage
The Scottish Episcopal Church has been holding its diocesan synods, and voting on proposals that would allow for some clergy to perform marriages for same-sex couples. The proposals would change Canon 31 of the Scottish Episcopal Church, and will face a final vote at the General Synod, to be held this June. Læs mere - [Episcopal Café]

Skotland - Wikipedia
Kristendom, episkopal
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12-03-2017 - En sydstatskirke omvender sig
Kirkens liv

, A Southern church wrestles with its Confederate history
IN A SERMON that lasted less than 11 minutes, Rev. Wallace Adams-Riley suggested something no one had said from the pulpit in the long history of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Richmond, Va. "What if," asked Adams-Riley in his faint South Carolina drawl, "we begin a conversation here at St. Paul's about the Confederate symbols here in our worship space?" He listed examples: "The Davis window there, that identifies Jefferson Davis with St. Paul himself, in his imprisonment. Or the Lee windows there, that identifies Robert E. Lee with Moses," Læs mere - [Sojourners]

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Kristendom
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11-03-2017 - Det er ikke Megakirker altsammen
Økumene

, Baptist, Presbyterian congregations unite in new Lakeland church
The merger is one way for two churches to survive - one with 92 members, the other, 25. - - The Rev. Timothy Sizemore holds a literal example of the joining of two faiths under one God. Sizemore's church, Beacon Hill Fellowship, sings from both Baptist and Presbyterian hymnals. The church's congregation is a merger of the historic Westminster Presbyterian Church of Lakeland and the Baptist congregation formerly named Church in the Meadows. Læs mere - [The Ledger]

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Kristendom
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08-03-2017 - Kina smider uhørt mange missionærer fra Sydkorea ud
Mission - hindringer for

, China Kicks Out Korean Missionaries in 'Unprecedented' Numbers
n the past few months, China has expelled dozens of South Korean missionaries from Jilin, a northeastern province that neighbors North Korea. Læs mere - [ChristianityToday]

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Kristendom
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07-03-2017 - Udsigt til bedring i forholdet mellem Kina og Rom
Politik - kirkens vilkår

Cardinal Tong strikes optimistic note on Vatican-China relations
There is progress being made in resolving a key issue between the Holy See and China regarding the authority to appoint bishops, though Cardinal John Tong of Hong Kong said it will be a "gradual" process and other challenges remain. Læs mere - [National Catholic Reporter]

Kina - Wikipedia
Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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07-03-2017 - Missionerende ateister på Filipinerne
Mission

, Atheist missionaries are spreading humanist ideals in the Philippines
The number of Filipinos identifying themselves as atheists are only a minuscule 0.1 percent. A few of them, perturbed by the unhealthy power of the church, have started their own educational program among the poor. Volunteers run the Humanist Alliance Philippines, International (HAPI). It is one of the three organizations which identify themselves as secular. HAPI aims to bring humanist and secular ideals to the Filipino society which is overrun by religion. Utilizing food programs and weekend "schools" as to introduce the philosophy of reason and ingenuity to children. Læs mere - [WorldWide Religious News (WWRN)]

Filipinerne - Wikipedia
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07-03-2017 - Menigheder opfordres af ledere til civil ulydighed overfor Trump
Politik - magtkritik

Protestant and Orthodox churches announce campaign to welcome refugees
Refuting Donald Trump's decisions on banning migrants, a network of Protestant and Orthodox churches are mobilizing their congregations to provide support and shelter to refugees. The church leaders have called on their congregants to stand against President Trump's orders on banning refugees and building a wall across the U.S.-Mexican border and to lobby the president and the congress members who implement such plans. Although the white Christian evangelicals were key in bringing Trump to power, their fellow Christians, the Orthodox and the Protestant Christians, don't seem to share their views on immigration. Leaders of both churches have denounced the plans as being "unjust and immoral" and insisted these rules go against the fundamental values on which the U.S. was founded. The leaders argue the U.S. is based on a culture of accepting people and strangers, and the current talks of banning certain groups of people goes against what the nation stands for. Læs mere - [WorldWide Religious News (WWRN)]

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Kristendom
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04-03-2017 - Paven i "borgerkrig" indenfor Vatikanets mure
Kirkens liv

Civil war in the Vatican as conservatives battle Francis for the soul
While hugely popular across the globe with Catholics and non-Catholics alike, Francis has struggled against fierce opposition from the Vatican establishment to haul the Roman Catholic church into the 21st century, fought to reform its government, tried to persuade cardinals to revise their thinking on the divorced and remarried, and been openly opposed by rebel prelates. Læs mere - [The Guardian]

Vatikanet - Wikipedia
Kristendom - romersk-katolsk
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28-02-2017 - Luthersk kirke i Uganda: Det tredje største flygtningenød i verden
Nødhjælp

Overwhelming needs of refugees in Northern Uganda
Jesse Kamstra, country representative of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF): For months his team and staff from partner organizations has been handling the influx of South Sudanese refugees into Northern Uganda, at peak times up to 6,000 people a day. "The numbers are overwhelming. It is a challenge for any humanitarian organization to meet the minimum humanitarian standards, but we are not willing to compromise on that," Kamstra says. "More resources are needed to provide the necessary shelter, water, sanitation and protection to those fleeing the violence in South Sudan." Læs mere - [The Lutheran World Federation]

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Kristendom -luth.-evangel.
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24-02-2017 - Den 7. kristne dræbt inden for få uger. Ismalia, Sinai. Mange flygter
Religionskonflikt - forfølgelse

, Egypt's Christians flee Sinai amid Islamic State killing spree
Christian families and students fled Egypt's North Sinai province in droves on Friday after Islamic State killed the seventh member of their community in just three weeks. A Reuters reporter saw 25 families gathered with their belongings in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia's Evangelical Church and church officials said 100 families, out of around 160 in North Sinai, were fleeing. More than 200 students studying in Arish, the province's capital, have also left. Læs mere - [Reuters]

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Islam - kristendom
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23-02-2017 - Danmark: Mand anklaget for blasfemi på grund af afbrænding af koran
Religionskonflikt

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A 42-year-old man who burned a Quran and posted a video of it on Facebook has been charged with blasphemy in Denmark, a striking decision by prosecutors in a country that is largely secular but has grappled with the role of Islam in public life. The decision stunned many Danes: No one has been convicted of blasphemy in Denmark since 1946, and the country has a long tradition of free speech; Læs mere - [New York Times /WWRN]

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Kristendom - islam
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23-02-2017 - Afstand mellem prædikestol og kirkebænk i protestantiske kirker i USA
Politik - tro

, Christians in the pew and pulpit diverge over Trump policies on refuge
After President Trump signed a sweeping executive order on immigration and refugee resettlement, the Christian response seemed unambiguous. Statements condemning the action came from Christian leaders and groups considered both conservative and progressive, evangelical and mainline, Catholic and Protestant ­- Christians who otherwise might disagree on any number of political or theological issues. Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

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22-02-2017 - Anglikanernes selvstændighed som kirke truet - af protestanter
Økumene

Egypt's Anglicans Face 'Existential Threat' . from Fellow Protestants
Egypt's top Anglican leader is accusing its top evangelical leader of attempting a "hostile takeover" to prevent Egyptian Anglicans from achieving state recognition as an independent national church. Læs mere - [ChristianityToday]
The dispute first surfaced in 2001, but this past summer Egypt's High Administrative Court ruled against Anglican independence. This means the Anglican Diocese of Egypt must function as a full member of the Protestant Churches of Egypt

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Kristendom
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16-02-2017 - Rusland ifærd med at opløse Jehavas Vidner som offentlig organisation?
Religionskonflikt

, RUSSIA: Jehovah's Witnesses to be liquidated?
Russia's General Prosecutor's Office appears to be moving to liquidate the Jehovah's Witness headquarters body as "extremist". It appears to believe that it already has enough evidence to seek its liquidation because courts have in the past year liquidated local branches and punished individual community members. The assertion comes in a 27 January order shown to Jehovah's Witnesses but which they were not allowed to copy. Læs mere - [Forum 18]
Should the Administrative Centre in St Petersburg be forcibly liquidated, it appears highly likely that all 406 registered local organisations and more than 2,500 unregistered religious groups would also be liquidated. This would end Jehovah's Witnesses open public communal life in Russia.

Rusland - Wikipedia
Jehovas Vidner
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16-02-2017 - Boko Haram: 100.000 dræbte - 2 mill. på flugt
Religionskonflikt - forfølgelse

, 100,000 Massacred, Over 2 Million Displaced in Boko Haram's War
Islamic terror group Boko Haram has now reportedly killed close to 100,000 people, both Muslims and Christians, and displaced over two million citizens in its ongoing quest to eradicate Christianity from Nigeria. Læs mere - [Christian Post]

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Islam - kristendom
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14-02-2017 - Bør kristne flygtninge favoriseres. Nej tak, siger arabiske kristne
Religionskonflikt - forfølgelse

Should the U.S. Prioritize Christian Refugees? No Thanks, Some Arab..
When President Donald Trump suggested recently the U.S. should prioritize persecuted Christian refugees, not all Christians in the Middle East rejoiced. "We want don't priority visas. We don't want him to take us," says Habib Ephrem. "That's the wrong message and the wrong policy."
Ephrem, secretary general of the Gathering of Christians in the Middle East, is one of a number of Christian leaders encouraging Christians to stay in the region and return to their homes in Syria and Iraq, as the areas are cleared of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and other groups. Tens of thousands of Christians have been displaced in recent years, mostly languishing in camps and cramped apartments. Læs mere - [Time]

Mellemøsten - Wikipedia
Islam - kristendom
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12-02-2017 - Rusland som leder af det nye kristne højre?

, How Russia became the leader of the global Christian right
It's no coincidence that Buchanan's column, which outlined the players within the "cultural, social, moral war" between Russia and the "hedonistic" West, mentioned a semi-obscure group called the World Congress of Families. As Buchanan wrote, the WCF listed Russia's emergence as a "Pro-Family Leader" as one of the "10 best trends" of 2013. Indeed, in order to outline how Russia challenged - and supplanted - the U.S. role as a clarion for Christian fundamentalists, you have to parse the WCF's role, and the group's attendant impact on Russian policy over the past few years. Læs mere - [Politico.eu]

Globalt - Wikipedia

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12-02-2017 - Højrekirkelige kritiserer Trumps indrejseforbu
Politik - tro

Why Tim Keller, Max Lucado, and Hundreds of Evangelical Leaders Oppose
The open letter, published Wednesday as a full-page ad in The Washington Post with more than 100 of the signatories listed, was notable for two reasons. First, it contained only conservative evangelicals, instead of the mix of progressive names that usually sign such open letters. And second, topping the list were Tim Keller and Max Lucado-two well-known and well-respected pastors and authors who rarely speak out on political matters. #Trump Læs mere - [ChristianityToday]

USA - Wikipedia
Kristendom
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11-02-2017 - Gud befriede os for heksemagt i Det ovale Værelse ved valget af Trump
Politik - religion

God Delivered US From 'Spirit of Witchcraft in the Oval Office' Throug
What I believe is happening is there was a deliverance of the nation from the spirit of witchcraft in the Oval Office," said Wallnau, an evangelical business strategist and leader of the Lance Learning Group consulting firm in Dallas. #Trump Læs mere - [Christian Post]

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Kristendom
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06-02-2017 - Kristent flag på statsligt monument fjernes
Sekularisering

, See How Town Responds When Mayor Removes Christian Flag From Veterans
Late last month, Mayor Walter Williams of Rienzi, Mississippi, received a letter from the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation that exclaimed that the town of Rienzi was violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment by flying a Christian flag at the town's Veterans Memorial Garden and called for the government to remove the flag.
The flag features an all-white base with a red cross inside of a blue box located in the upper left corner.
The letter, written by FFRF attorney Sam Grover, also warns that other towns have had to pay hefty sums for trying to fight legal battles to defend the right to display Christian flags or other Christian icons on public property. Grover highlights the case of King, North Carolina, which in 2015 had to pay $500,000 in legal fees after it was sued for having a Christian flag and a statue of a soldier kneeling before a cross on public grounds. Læs mere - [WorldWide Religious News (WWRN)]

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03-02-2017 - Fare for at sporene efter IS forsvinder
Religionskonflikt

Cleaning up towns freed from IS 'erases evidence of their crimes'
Efforts to clear villages liberated from Islamic State are undermining the possibility of recording the atrocities to people and heritage committed there, according to a leading Iraqi aid worker.
Dr. Sarah Ahmed, director of projects for the UK-based Foundation for Reconciliation and Relief in the Middle East, last month visited a number of towns and villages in the Nineveh...
The US Holocaust Memorial Museum in New York has begun documenting atrocities committed by IS against northern Iraq's minority populations. Its 2015 report found the group had "perpetrated crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing, and war crimes against Christian, Yezidi, Turkmen, Shabak, Sabaean-Mandaean, and Kaka'i people in [Nineveh] Province between June and August 2014." Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

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Islam - anden tro
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02-02-2017 - USA som sekularstat under aflysning? Trump og The Johnson Amendment
Sekularisering

, Trump vows to let churches engage in politics
President Trump vowed in his first National Prayer Breakfast as chief executive to make good on a campaign promise to repeal the law that restricts political speech from the pulpit.
"I will get rid of, totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear," he said on Thursday (Feb. 2) to a gathering of 3,500 faith leaders, politicians and other dignitaries from around the world, including King Abdullah of Jordan.
See also commentary: This change would be horrible for politics - and even worse for religion ( Stephen Waldman) Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

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Kristendom
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02-02-2017 - Jerry Falwell Jr. skal lede uddannelsesreform
Videnskab og tro

Jerry Falvell and Education
Evangelical Christian leader Jerry Falwell Jr. will head an education reform task force under U.S. President Donald Trump and is keen to cut university regulations, including rules on dealing with campus sexual assault, the school he heads said. Læs mere - [Religious News Service]

USA - Wikipedia
Kristendom - evangelikal
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27-01-2017 - Hauerwas: Trumps religiøse overbevisning er afguderi
Politik - religion

StanleyHauerwasStanley Hauerwas, Christians, don't be fooled: Trump has deep religious convictions
Commentarye by Stanley Hauerwas. "Christians must call his profound and mistaken faith what it is: idolatry. Christianity in America is declining if not dying, which makes it difficult to call Trump to task. Trump has taken advantage of Christian Americans who have long lived as if God and country are joined at the hip. I do not doubt Trump thinks of himself as a Christian, but America is his church." Læs mere - [Washington Post]

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Kristendom
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20-01-2017 - Kvinders betydning for kirkevækst i Iran
Mission

, Women 'central' to spread of Christianity in Iran
Women who become Christians, she said, find that they "are loved, they are wanted, and they can come to God just as they are, without any shame". "Many women risk imprisonment and torture by being active evangelists," she continued. "And because God gives them the strength to take this risk, each day new people, men and women, get to know the love of Christ and get to know their true identity: beloved children of God." Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

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18-01-2017 - De kristne i Tyrliet vil ikke lade sig skræmme af angreb
Religionskonflikt

, Turkey's beleaguered Christians aim to stay resilient after attacks
When a lone gunman rampaged through Istanbul's Reina nightclub in the wee hours of Jan. 1, it took the large-scale violence plaguing Turkey into 2017. The Islamic State movement claimed the outrage had been aimed against Christians, whose communities are already dwindling throughout the region. But representatives of Turkey's small Catholic minority insist they'll resist intimidation and are counting on the Islamist government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to provide adequate protection. Læs mere - [National Catholic Reporter]

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Islam - kristendom
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16-01-2017 - Iranske og afganske konvertitter står overfor deportation
Konversion

Iranian and Afghan Christian converts face deportation from Germany
Germany's Ministry for Immigration and Refugees (BAMF) is rejecting many applications for asylum from Iranian and Afghan converts from Islam to Christianity, following "kangaroo court"-style hearings, according to a Berlin pastor. Rev. Gottfried Martens, who has baptised more than 1,000 former Muslims, in a letter to supporters of his ministry, accused the "almost exclusively Muslim translators" in the hearings of deliberately falsely translating the converts' responses to jeopardise their applications. Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

Tyskland - Wikipedia
Kristendom
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06-01-2017 - Pakistansk kristen risikerer dødsstraf - koranside fundet ved hans hus
Religionskonflikt

, Pakistani Christian accused of blasphemy after ripped Qur'an..
A Pakistani Christian could face 10 years in jail or even the death sentence after torn pages from a copy of the Qur'an were found outside his home, with his name written on them..George Masih, who owns the grocery shop and small piece of land adjacent to it, said his family have had a long-running dispute with the complainant, Hajji Nadeem, who allegedly "had his eye on the land".George Masih, who owns the grocery shop and small piece of land adjacent to it, said his family have had a long-running dispute with the complainant, Hajji Nadeem, who allegedly "had his eye on the land". Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

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Islam - kristendom
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04-01-2017 - Tredjesidste medlem af sekten The Shakers død
Kirkens liv

, The storied sect is verging on extinction
This is not a surprise. The Shakers (founded 1747) practice celibacy, in addition to pacifism, equality of the sexes and communal ownership of property. As its members didn't have children, the sect grew both by converting adults and by raising orphaned children and, when they reached age 18, giving them the option to remain a member of the sect or to leave the community. Læs mere - [Washington Post]

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Kristendom
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04-01-2017 - Kristne udefra som arbejder i Kina får meget vanskeligere vilkår
Religionskonflikt

, Christians working in China may be facing the "most challenging
This observation comes following the 1 January introduction of a new law regulating foreign non-governmental organisations (NGOs), which, according to a spokeswoman for the American Embassy in Beijing, could create a "potentially hostile environment for foreign non-profit, non-governmental organisations and their Chinese partners". According to an article in the New York Times, the NGO law is the government's attempt to "narrow permissible activities of foreign groups and monitor their work much more thoroughly . Those working on legal issues will have a much narrower foothold. 'Human rights,' for example, is not on the list of permitted issues". Læs mere - [World Watch Monitor]

Kina - Wikipedia
Kristendom
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04-01-2017 - Dødstrusler for kritik af blasfemilov - efter julegudstjeneste
Religionskonflikt

, Christmas message leads to death threats
A Christmas message calling for prayers for those charged under Pakistan's blasphemy laws has led to death threats against the son of a provincial governor killed five years ago for criticising the same laws. Læs mere - [WorldWide Religious News (WWRN)]

Pakistan, Islamabad - Wikipedia
Islam - kristendom
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04-01-2017 - Analyse: Religion og en nye populisme
Politik - tro

, Religion and the new populism
The push for stronger cultural identities and political borders is inseparable from the general concern about Islam and immigration..In this context, talk about the Jewish and Christian heritage of the West has reemerged in secular Europe and in the United States as an alternative identity-forming heritage. This is the case even in a very secular place like former East Germany../..In light of this religious and political discourse today across the Western world, there is a need to have an open discussion about this idea of the Jewish and Christian heritage of the Western world. While some are using this concept to exclude others, the religious heritage of the West can actually be a positive resource for multiculturalism, peaceful social integration, and humanitarian aid. Læs mere - [Social Sience and Reseach Council]

Globalt - Wikipedia
Flere
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02-01-2017 - Amerikansk præst dømt for terrorvirksomhed - nægtet appel
Religionskonflikt

Turkey Denies Appeal for American Pastor Jailed on 'Terror'
A Turkish court has denied the appeal of a Christian pastor from North Carolina, who was imprisoned last month in Turkey on a false terrorism charge because of his Christian faith, according to the American Center for Law and Justice. Læs mere - [The Christian Post]

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Islam - kristendom
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