from FaithWorld:

Israel’s army chief under fire about God reference in memorial rites

June 27, 2011

(An Israeli army rabbi (L) recites prayers as he leads the funeral procession for a soldier killed in southern Lebanon, 1 Feb 2000/Jim Hollander. )

from FaithWorld:

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania turns to God for fiscal relief

By Reuters Staff
June 18, 2011

(The state capitol dome over Harrisburg, 24 December 2004/Pollinator)

 

Pennsylvania's debt-ridden capital of Harrisburg has tried every form of fiscal belt-tightening, from layoffs to furloughs to filing for bankruptcy. Now, it is turning to God.

from FaithWorld:

Egyptian Salafists honor bin Laden with death prayer

May 6, 2011

(An Egyptian Islamist cries as people hold a funeral prayer over the death of Osama Bin Laden, in a mosque in Cairo May 6, 2011/Asmaa Waguih)

from FaithWorld:

U.S. military chaplains air issues

February 17, 2011

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(A U.S. army chaplain leads a Sunday service in a chapel in the U.S. forces' camp in Baghdad, January 28, 2007/Erik de Castro)

from FaithWorld:

Church of England to wash some Bible imagery from baptism rite

February 10, 2011

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(Sistine Chapel fresco The Baptism of Christ c. 1482 by Pietro Perugino)

The Church of England has voted to use more accessible language during baptisms to help it connect better with congregations, especially non church-goers.  Members attending the Church's General Synod, or parliament, in London, agreed that the Liturgical Commission should provide supplementary material to help prevent the eyes of  worshippers "glazing over" during important parts of the service.

from FaithWorld:

A week after riots, Thai capital prays for peace

By Reuters Staff
May 26, 2010

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Buddhist monks receive alms in Bangkok on May 26, 2010 during a gathering for peace prayers/Yannis Behrakis

from Tales from the Trail:

Obama sits down with Rev. Billy Graham

April 25, 2010

President Barack Obama had his first face-to-face talks on Sunday with one of America's top spiritual leaders, the Reverend Billy Graham.

from FaithWorld:

Venezuelans turn to God over power crisis

February 10, 2010

Power-rationing has failed. The rains have still not come. So Venezuelan electricity workers are seeking divine help to solve the nation's power crisis.

from FaithWorld:

Should Berlin let Muslim pupils pray at school?

September 30, 2009

A ruling by a Berlin court allowing a 16-year-old Muslim pupil to pray towards Mecca in a separate room at school has raised questions about the extent of religious freedom in Germany.  Some media, including the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, describe the ruling as a landmark case, saying it is the first time a German court has considered whether the right to practise religious beliefs should extend to schools.

from FaithWorld:

Buddhist Bhutan warns felling trees a threat to happiness

September 11, 2009

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Bhutan has warned its citizens over cutting down thousands of young trees every year to make prayer flags, a threat to the tiny kingdom's lush scenery and the government's duty to bring "Gross National Happiness".