Tag: church

Libya arrests foreign ‘missionaries’

Chris Stephen, The Guardian, Feb.17 Four foreigners have been arrested in Libya on suspicion of being missionaries and distributing Christian literature, a charge that could carry the death penalty. The four – a Swedish-American, Egyptian, South African and South Korean…

A New Pope and What It Means for Interreligious Dialogue

Rebecca Cohen, State of Formation, Feb.14 Who will become the next Pope? What will the Church look like under this new Pope? Inter-religious relations are one of the particular subjects in flux. Following the pontificate of Pope John Paul II…

Two Religious Communities Forced to Leave Libyan Town of Cyrenaica

Zenit, Feb.1 Bishop Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli, Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli reported to Fides news agency that two religious communities have left the town of Cyrenaica after facing pressure from local fundamentalists.  Bishop Martinelli stated that according to reports in east…

Silencing Religion: Repression Continues in Many Countries

John Flynn, Zenit, Feb.1 The recent trial and conviction of Saeed Abedini in Iran drew attention once more to the lack of religious freedom in a number of Muslim-majority countries. Abedini, born in Iran but now a U.S. citizen, was…

Religious leaders in Geneva advocate for peace

WCC News, Jan.22 In an inter-religious service organized by the Vatican, the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit stressed the importance of “expressions for peace and the mutual respect for the dignity of the…

Faith leaders unite behind call to change financial system

Ekklesia, Jan.24 In response to the European debt crisis, thirty-seven Church of England bishops have signed a multifaith statement calling for debt audits in Europe, cancelling the unjust debts of the most indebted nations, more progressive taxation and control of…

Muslims Demolish Church Building in Egypt

Mary Abdelmassih (“Assyrian International News Agency”), WorldWide Religious News,  Jan.16 Hundreds of Muslims came out of mosques today with hammers and destroyed a social services building belonging to the Coptic Church while chanting Islamic slogans. Security forces arrived after the…

Fear and hope for indigenous Christians in the Middle East and North Africa

Harry Hagiopan, Ekklesia, Jan.13 As a new year arrives, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) uprisings continue their relentless surge in different parts of the region. While Egypt and Syria have grabbed our attention throughout 2012, it is quite…

A Guide to Finding (Interfaith) Spiritual Peace

Susan Bloch, Huffington Post, Jan.10 It was midnight on Christmas Eve in Bethlehem’s Manger Square, when I, a Jewish woman, stood in front of the Church of the Nativity and brought myself to some spiritual peace that I could not…