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

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(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.

from Good, Bad, and Ugly:

A non-prophet organization?

January 20, 2011

Pope: Governments must protect minority Christians

IRAQ/He made reference to last week's murder of Salman Taseer, the Muslim governor of Punjab province and an outspoken liberal, who was gunned down for opposing the law, which imposes a death sentence for those who insult the Prophet Mohammad.

from Good, Bad, and Ugly:

Where are my comments?

January 19, 2011

Pope John Paul nears sainthood, to be beatified

POPE-JOHNPAUL/BEATIFICATIONSee the attached documents and please explain why my comments are inappropriate. I have informed the truth as it could be.

from Tales from the Trail:

Obamas make rare church visit

By Reuters Staff
January 17, 2011

Margaret Chadbourn of Reuters reports the following on the Obama family's church visit.

from Good, Bad, and Ugly:

Galileo and the Bible

January 10, 2011

God was behind Big Bang, universe no accident: Pope

ITALY-GALILEO/VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - God's mind was behind complex scientific theories such as the Big Bang, and Christians should reject the idea that the universe came into being by accident, Pope Benedict said on Thursday.

from FaithWorld:

Family Research Council to issue “Index of Family Belonging and Rejection”

December 14, 2010

Indices are all the rage these days. In his recently published and thought-provoking "Why the West Rules -- For Now," historian Ian Morris has created an "index on social development" which, among other things, attempts to measure the West and East's "energy capture."