Christian churches in India have applauded the upset election victory last month of the secularist India National Congress Party over the National Democratic Alliance, which is known for its Hindu-first message. After Sonia Gandhi, the president of the Congress Party, declined to accept the prime minister’s job, the post went to a Sikh, the country’s first minority-faith prime minister.
The number of religious radio stations in the U.S. grew by 6 percent from 2002 to 2003, a recent Arbitron report shows. The net gain of 122 stations increased the total to 1,965, or 14 percent of the 13,898 radio stations in the country.
Vietnam veteran John Smathers and his wife, Judy, knelt at the altar rail at the Falls Church, a 272-year-old faith community at which George Washington once prayed, just outside the nation’s capital in Virginia. Holding a microphone, they bowed their heads before worshipers struggling to come to terms with disturbing photographs of American soldiers sadistically abusing Iraqi prisoners.