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Dalai Lama concerned about India's problems

The Dalai Lama will convene a rare meeting of India's religious leaders to try to tackle rape, communal violence and other issues facing the world's biggest democracy, an aide said on Tuesday. The Nobel Peace Prize winner has invited India's spiritual leaders for the two-day meeting this weekend to seek practical strategies to address "important issues ailing society today", a statement said.


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Mon Sep 15, 2014

Washington Examiner

Roman Catholic bishops support casino law repeal

Roman Catholic leaders in Massachusetts are urging residents to vote in favor of November's ballot question to repeal the state's casino law. Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley, Worcester Bishop Robert McManus, Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski and Rev.


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DNA India

Buddhism is a strong bond between India and China, says PM Narendra Modi

Expressing confidence that Chinese President Xi Jinping 's visit will strengthen the ties between the two nations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that Buddhism is a strong bond between India and China. "Buddhism is a very strong bond between China & India.


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The York Daily Record

Facing death, Sudanese woman relied on her faith

The Sudanese woman who faced a death sentence for refusing to reject Christianity says she was under pressure to convert to Islam but kept her faith. Meriam Ibrahim, who now lives in Manchester, New Hampshire, was sentenced to death over charges of apostasy, the abandonment of a religion.


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Brownsville cathedral to reopen after repairs

The Most Rev. Daniel E. Flores, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brownsville, will consecrate the new altar at the cathedral.


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In-depth Africa

Rotherham Child-sex Victim Confronts Muslim Abuser, Gets Arrested for Racism

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Related Topix: Sex Scandal, Islam

Evesham Journal

Hare Krishna Festival brings colour to Croome

A TOUCH of the exotic brought a rainbow of colours to a country house during a vibrant Hare Krishna festival. Croome was overflowing with vivid colours at the weekend as the Hare Krishnas celebrated their time at the National Trust mansion house and parkland as these photographs by Tracey Blackwell show.


Related Topix: International Society for Krishna Consciousness, Worcestershire County, England, United Kingdom,

In-depth Africa

Catholics bear brunt of Boko Haram terror

The Catholic Church said more than 500 members, including over 170 children, had been killed due to the insurgency in the Northeast region of the country. The church said that over 500 women had been widowed and more 1 500 children orphaned since the beginning of the crisis in 2009.


Related Topix: Roman Catholic Church, Nigeria, World News,


CHS buoyed by - very good' ACT scores

Cathedral High School starts the new school year buoyed by high ACT scores, a new principal, a number of new staff, and several initiatives to further improve the curriculum, school climate and facilities. Among other things, St. Anthony Elementary reports the addition of an after-school care program, a new Home and School Association, curriculum and facility updates, and initiatives to further strengthen Catholic identity, healthy lifestyles, instructional technology, and the individualization of instruction.


Related Topix: Standardized Testing, Education, St. Anthony, MN, Roman Catholic Church, Shelly, MN

Swindon Advertiser

Archbishop sees town treasure on tour stop-over

THE Archbishop of Canterbury made a visit to one of Swindon's best kept secrets when he viewed the famous St John Polyptych in St Mary's Church. The Most Rev Justin Welby visited the church, in Lydiard Tregoze, as part of his whistle-stop tour of the Diocese of Bristol on Saturday.


Related Topix: World News, Oxfordshire County, England, United Kingdom, Wiltshire County, England, Anglican

Sun Sep 14, 2014

Scientology violates copyright law for using ANZAC Logo

Protecting the word Anzac: " Protection of Word 'Anzac' Regulations were made in 1921 under the War Precautions Act Repeal Act 1920 to protect the word 'Anzac', and any word which resembles it, from inappropriate use." In a new video from 7News Sydney , the 'Department of Veterans Affairs' told reporter, Bryan Seymour, that, "DVA has not received an application for the use of the word ANZAC in this instance.


Related Topix: Scientology, Life, Veteran Affairs, Oceania, New Zealand, World News, Australia

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tug of war for bishop's body, or its parts, delays sainthood

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Peoria, Illinois, has already constructed a museum in honor of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, a native son whose Emmy-winning television show during the 1950s brought Catholicism to the American living room. It has documented several potential miracles by him and compiled a dossier on his good works for the Vatican.


Related Topix: Peoria, IL, Roman Catholic Church, Emmy Awards, Entertainment, Television, Italy, World News, Pope Benedict XVI



14, 2014. . Britain's Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, walks into Downing Street to attend a special meeting of the Government's emergency Cobra committee in Westminster, central London, Sunday Sept.


Related Topix: Iraq, World News, Middle East, Islam


Several Arab countries offer to join air campaign on Islamic State, say U.S. officials

Several Arab countries have offered to join the United States in air strikes against Islamic State targets, U.S. officials said on Sunday, indicating a possible widening of the air campaign against militants who have seized parts of Iraq and Syria. The officials declined to identify which countries had made the offers but said they were under consideration as the United States begins to identify roles for each country in its emerging coalition against jihadists who have declared a caliphate in the heart of the Middle East.


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The Daily Star

Pope marries couples who have cohabited, had children

Pope Francis holds the pastoral staff during a wedding ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014.


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Ashya King's father says he'll go against religion and allow son to have blood transfusion

Despite Ashya's parents being devout Jevovah's witnesses, 51-year-old father Brett King says that when it comes to a straight choice, his son comes before his religion Ashya King's dad has vowed to let the five-year-old brain cancer victim have a blood transfusion if needed - despite it being against his religion. Brett and wife Naghmeh are devout Jehovah's Witnesses who have brought up their seven A children in the faith, which says it is a sin to accept a blood transfusion.


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Sat Sep 13, 2014

Marlborough Express

Catholic priest charged with indecent assault

Archdiocese vicar-general Monsigneur Gerry Burns told parishioners at mass today that police had charged Kay, a Passionist priest who had been at St Mary's Parish since last year, with several offences following a complaint. ''As a result he has been removed from ministry.


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Can celebrity atheist author Sam Harris become a spiritual figure?

That question may be imminent in the case of celeb-author Sam Harris, whose recent books attacking religion became bestsellers and fueled a deeper new look at secular ethics. The post-Sept.


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The Baltimore Sun

Islamic State destroys Sufi shrines in eastern Syria: watchdog

The hardline al Qaeda offshoot Islamic State has destroyed several Sufi Muslim shrines and tombs in the eastern Syrian province of Deir al-Zor, a monitoring group said on Saturday. The Sunni Muslim group, which enforces a strict interpretation of Islamic law in territories under its control in Iraq and Syria, has destroyed dozens of shrines, tombs and Shi'ite Muslim mosques.


Related Topix: Middle East, Iraq, World News, Islam

Crowley: The battle within and for Islam

Palestinian Muslims hold Friday prayers in the Marwani prayer room located under the southeastern corner of the raised platform which holds the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa mosque, at the the al-Aqsa mosque compound in old city of Jerusalem on September 5, 2014. The al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, is built on the holiest site in Judaism and considered the third holiest in Islam, is a sensitive holy site that is frequently the scene of tensions between the Jewish and Muslim communities.


Related Topix: Judaism