June 18, 2008

‘Angels & Demons’ Banned From Vatican

by Rachael Grant

Angels and Demons, the latest movie from Dan Brown (and prequel to The Da Vinci Code), has been banned by The Vatican from being shot in both The Vatican, and any other church in Rome, being cited as an offence against God. According to a spokesman for diocese of Rome – Father Marco Fibbi, Angels […]

$14 Million Bill For Polygamist Sect Raid

by Rachael Grant

A raid on the Yearning For Zion Ranch in Forth Worth, Texas, where over 460 kids were removed, is expected to have racked up over $14 million in fees. The ranch, which is owned by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, had the children removed into the custody of the State […]

June 17, 2008

New research on the religion of football

by David Masters

A new book to be published in America highlights the similarities between being a football fan and being a religious believer. ‘Game Day and God: Football, Faith and Politics in the American South’ was researched and written by Dr. Eric Bain-Selbo, a senior lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Western Kentucky University. […]

June 16, 2008

Comic-book heroes inspired by Islam

by David Masters

Naif al-Mutawa was troubled. Highly educated, with two doctorates to his name, Mutawa was an astute businessman and an academic psychologist. Yet following a conversation with his sister he felt called to give it all up and write children’s books. He knew that if he was to turn his talents to writing he would want […]

June 13, 2008

Death of Christian teenager pressured into abortion

by David Masters

An inquest has heard how a Christian teenager from Bristol died in hospital following an attempt to abort her baby. 18 year old Manon Jones decided to have an abortion following pressure from her Muslim boyfriend to do so. She was given drugs to abort the six week old embryo, but in the days following […]

June 12, 2008

American Priest confesses theft from parish

by David Masters

A Catholic Priest in Omaha, USA, has admitted stealing $83,000 (£42,000) from one of his parishes. Revd. Rodney Adams turned himself into police after suspicions were raised about the missing money. Following a guilty plea in court, the district judge in charge of the case released Adams to begin a treatment programme for mental illness. […]

June 11, 2008

Construction begins on UK’s first Hindu school

by David Masters

Construction on the UK’s first ever Hindu state school began this week, in Harrow, north London. The beginning of the building work was celebrated with a traditional Hindu religious ceremony, Bhoomi Puja, conducted by adherents to the religion when foundations are laid. Ancient prayers were chanted backed by the rhythmic music of traditional Indian drums. […]

June 9, 2008

Anglicans: Government has ‘no moral compass’

by David Masters

A new report published by the Church of England today accuses the Labour government of having ‘good intentions, but no moral compass’. ‘Moral, But No Compass’ criticises the government for overlooking the Church of England’s contribution to society and its provision of social services. Commissioned by Rt Rev Stephen Lowe, Bishop of Hulme, and expected […]

June 6, 2008

US religious groups condemn torture

by David Masters

A diverse array of religious groups from across the USA have come together to denounce torture as immoral. Almost 300 churches from a wide variety of denominations are displaying an anti-torture banner this month, donning slogans such as ‘torture is wrong’ and ‘torture is a moral issue’. In addition to the churches, banners are being […]

June 5, 2008

Muslim interfaith conference in Mecca

by David Masters

Over 500 Muslims from around the world have gathered in Mecca this week in an attempt to build better relations between the people of Islam and other faiths. The three day conference being held in Islam’s holy city was opened yesterday in Al-Safah Palace by King Abdullah, the monarch of Saudi Arabia. In his opening […]

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