Sydney, August 31 (ENInews)--Christian leaders in Australia have welcomed
a ruling from Australia's highest court that Australia cannot send asylum
seekers to Malaysia, throwing the Australian government's refugee "swap"
plan into disarray.
New York, August 30 (ENInews)--Fiji's military government has expanded a
crackdown on the Methodist Church, banning all church meetings except for
Sunday worship and forbidding clergy from leaving the country.
Almost half the nation's estimated 2.8 million Muslims fault their
leaders for not speaking out against Islamic extremists, but a vast
majority are far more satisfied than Americans overall with the way
things are going in this country, according to a major survey of U.S.
(RNS) Pop quiz: Who said "We often suffer, but we are never crushed.
Even when we don't know what to do, we never give up"?
According to a recent poll, more Americans attributed the passage to
comic book hero Captain America, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and
former President George W. Bush than its actual source: the New
Testament book of 2 Corinthians.
Canterbury, England, August 30 (ENInews)--Rowan Williams, the Archbishop
of Canterbury, is planning to visit Zimbabwe in October as part of a wider
trip to Africa and hopes to meet with President Robert Mugabe to discuss a
brutal dispute over church properties.
(RNS) New York-area residents are more spiritually active since 9/11, a
new survey shows, but the uptick in faith may be a matter of coincidence
rather than a religious response to the terrorist attacks.
New York, August 29 (ENInews)--In the wake of Irene, a powerful hurricane
that crossed the eastern United States on 27 and 28 August, faith-based
groups have mobilized to bring relief efforts to hard-hit communities. The
storm caused more than 20 deaths, an estimated $3.1 billion in damages and
knocked out electricity for more than five million homes and businesses.
Nairobi, Kenya, August 29 (ENInews)--The Sudan Council of Churches has
dispatched peace teams to calm regions of Jonglei state in South Sudan, where
humanitarian agencies say hundreds have died and more than 26,000 people
have been displaced in inter-ethnic fighting.
(RNS) Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is facing a flood of
criticism for suggesting, perhaps in jest, that God sent Hurricane Irene
and the East Coast earthquake to jolt Washington into changing its
(RNS) Sean Tallon was nearing the end of his probationary training as a
New York City firefighter when the two hijacked planes hit the twin
towers of the World Trade Center on 9/11. Tallon, 26, ran up the North
Tower to save others.
(RNS) In September 2001, Sam Harris was an unknown doctoral student who
didn't believe in God.
But after the World Trade Center crumbled on 9/11, he put his
studies aside to write a book that became an instant best-seller -- and
changed the way atheists, and perhaps Muslims, are perceived in this
A small number of conservative foundations are propelling a handful
of anti-Islamic activists who are fueling rising levels of
Islamophobia, according to a report issued by the left-leaning Center
for American Progress.
A prominent Czech church leader has welcomed an agreement that would
allow churches to reclaim land and buildings seized under communist rule
but would require them to forfeit state subsidies in return.
An Illinois college affiliated with the United Church of Christ is
poised to become the first school in the U.S. to ask prospective
students about their sexual orientation. Elmhurst College, located west
of Chicago, said an applicant's decision to identify sexual orientation
in the 2012–13 applications is entirely optional and is aimed at
promoting diversity on campus.