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Conservative leader Bill Gothard on leave following abuse allegations

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey (RNS) Bill Gothard’s Institute in Basic Life Principles was once a popular gathering spot for thousands of Christian families, including the Duggar family from TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting.” The post Conservative leader Bill Gothard on leave following abuse allegations appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service...
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Judge rejects California city’s religious war memorial

By Kimberly Winston (RNS) On Thursday (Feb. 27), a U.S. district judge ruled that a granite monument depicting a soldier kneeling in prayer before a cross lacked “a secular purpose” and has “the unconstitutional effect” of endorsing religion over nonreligion. The post Judge rejects California city’s religious war memorial appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service...
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New documentary recounts story of heroic Muslim spy

By Omar Sacirbey (RNS) The filmmakers knew they wanted to tell a story about a Muslim who did something heroic during World War II, because so few stories are known. Noor Inayat Khan’s story was the most alluring because of her deep spirituality. The post New documentary recounts story of heroic Muslim spy appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service...
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Pope Francis: The church needs better bishops; go find them

By David Gibson (RNS) The pope has blasted hierarchical “careerism” as “a form of cancer” and derided bishops who strut about in church finery as “peacocks.” The post Pope Francis: The church needs better bishops; go find them appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service...
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Imprisoned in England, Islamists vow to continue their fight

By Trevor Grundy CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Two-thirds of imprisoned Islamists in England have told police and prison authorities that they will never change their violent ways. The post Imprisoned in England, Islamists vow to continue their fight appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service...
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Up ahead? Massive social change, experts say

By Sharon Jayson (RNS) Experts say societal changes will accelerate on issues such as same-sex marriage, interracial marriage, legalization of marijuana and childbearing among the unwed. One reason? Younger people are more liberal and less conventional. The post Up ahead? Massive social change, experts say appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service...
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Afghan refugees – Seeking sanctuary

By Francois Lenoir It was a cold, wet morning when I passed through the doors of the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage, a grand 17th century building in the center of Brussels. Inside, children were playing and shouting in the large, dark hall, which was lined with rows and rows of tents. I had not just entered a church – I was inside people’s homes. The building had become a very private space. Saint John the Baptist’s is occupied by a group of Afghan migrants, who have been living there for more than three months. Their first asylum request was refused by the authorities and they were told to leave Belgium, but some ended up travelling around the county aimlessly and were left squatting in unoccupied buildings. That was before Daniel Alliet, the priest at Saint John the Baptist’s, opened its doors to them. When I went to visit the church at the beginning of the year, more than 200 migrants were living there, although that number has since dropped as many have found shelter in asylum centers. <img title="Sikh …read more Source: Reuters Faithword...
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Afghan refugees – Seeking sanctuary

By Francois Lenoir It was a cold, wet morning when I passed through the doors of the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage, a grand 17th century building in the center of Brussels. Inside, children were playing and shouting in the large, dark hall, which was lined with rows and rows of tents. I had not just entered a church – I was inside people’s homes. The building had become a very private space. Saint John the Baptist’s is occupied by a group of Afghan migrants, who have been living there for more than three months. Their first asylum request was refused by the authorities and they were told to leave Belgium, but some ended up travelling around the county aimlessly and were left squatting in unoccupied buildings. That was before Daniel Alliet, the priest at Saint John the Baptist’s, opened its doors to them. When I went to visit the church at the beginning of the year, more than 200 migrants were living there, although that number has since dropped as many have found shelter in asylum centers. <img title="Sikh …read more Source: Reuters Faithword...
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