Religion News on the Web
Selected religion-related news from around the Web
December 14, 2012
- The Associated Press
AP: Israel's Women of the Wall pray for equality
Israeli security guards at the Western Wall on Friday searched women worshippers arriving at the holiest place where Jews can pray for a seemingly inoffensive object — the Jewish prayer shawl, which under the Orthodox tradition can be worn only by men.
December 12, 2012
- The New York Times
NYT: German lawmakers vote to protect right to circumcision
German lawmakers on Wednesday passed legislation ensuring parents the right to have their boys circumcised, bringing a close to months of legal uncertainty set off by a regional court’s ruling that equated the practice with bodily harm.
December 07, 2012
- The Wall Street Journal
WSJ: When an idol divided India
This week, India marked the 20th anniversary of one of the most virulent acts of religious aggression in its history as an independent nation: The destruction of a mosque, the Babri Masjid, by thousands of Hindu activists in the northern town of Ayodhya.
December 04, 2012
- The Christian Science Monitor
CS Monitor: Watch your tongue: Prejudiced comments illegal in Brazil.
In an amateur online video, Afonso Henrique Alves Lobato describes how he and fellow members of his Evangelical church snuck into a spiritual center of Umbanda, an Afro-Brazilian faith that venerates deities originating from Africa in services led by a religious figure called a pai de santo.
November 27, 2012
- The Guardian
Guardian: Religion spreads the word
'My reverend told me that he had prayed for me and that I had been healed," Mary Jere says, her wide eyes glazing. "So I stopped taking the HIV medication."
September 09, 2012
- The New York Times
NYT: 400 years later, still revered in Cuba (and Miami)
As the statue of La Virgen de la Caridad, Our Lady of Charity, completed
its 30-minute journey across a stretch of the Biscayne Bay for her
400th anniversary celebration here on Saturday, a rainbow burst into
view to frame her arrival.