from FaithWorld:

Erdogan urges Turks in Germany to integrate, not assimilate

By Reuters Staff
February 28, 2011

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(Confetti is released as Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan leaves the stage following a speech to some 15,000 Turks living in Germany at an arena in Duesseldorf February 27, 2011/Wolfgang Rattay )

from Good, Bad, and Ugly:

The wrong tomb?

February 22, 2011

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You have the wrong information in a photo caption.

The Photo is Benedict XVI praying in front of tomb of John Paul I. John Paul II is buried in ground, and has a slanting tombstone.

from Good, Bad, and Ugly:

An oxymoron?

February 11, 2011

Mubarak likely to quit, Brotherhood fears coup

EGYPT/CAIRO, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak looked likely to step down on Thursday after more than two weeks of protests against his 30-year rule and the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood said it looked like there had been a military coup.

from FaithWorld:

Saudis want more science in religion-heavy education

February 10, 2011

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(Secondary students sit for an exam in Riyadh June 15, 2008/Fahad Shadeed)

Saudi teenager Abdulrahman Saeed lives in one of the richest countries in the world, but his prospects are poor, he blames his education, and it's not a situation that looks like changing soon. "There is not enough in our curriculum," says Saeed, 16, who goes to an all-male state school in the Red Sea port of Jeddah. "It is just theoretical teaching, and there is no practice or guidance to prepare us for the job market."

from FaithWorld:

Bless me iPhone for I have sinned — an app for Catholic confession

By Reuters Staff
February 8, 2011

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(Religion apps for the iPhone, photographed in New York, July 21, 2010/Tom Heneghan)

from FaithWorld:

Russian Orthodox Church clergy allowed to enter politics

By Reuters Staff
February 3, 2011

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(President Dmitry Medvedev (C, bottom row), Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill (2nd R, bottom row) and Russian Orthodox Church hierarchs at the Kremlin in Moscow February 3, 2011/Alexander Nemenov)

from FaithWorld:

Italy blocks EU religious persecution text ignoring Christians

By Reuters Staff
January 31, 2011


(Christians protest against what they say is the failure of authorities to protect them, in Cairo January 3, 2011/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

from FaithWorld:

Moscow prison opens first prayer room for Muslims

January 24, 2011

butyrkaA prison where Soviet-era writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn was jailed and a third of inmates are Muslims from the North Caucasus and Central Asia, has become the first in Moscow to open a Muslim prayer room.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Pakistan, blasphemy, and a tale of two women

January 24, 2011

blasphemyprotestFor all the bad news coming out of Pakistan, you can't help but admire the courage of two very different women who did what their political leaders failed to do -- stood up to the religious right after the killing of Punjab governor Salman Taseer over his call for changes to the country's blasphemy laws.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Are you high yet? Snort some more…

January 21, 2011

Welcome back to our regular feature, Human Remains in the News.

It seems burglars tried snorting the cremated remains of a man and two dogs, taken from a Florida home,  in the mistaken belief that the ashes were drugs.