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.

In Indonesia, keeping the religious status quo

By Olivia Rondonuwu
April 20, 2010
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Youths read the Koran in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province September 5, 2008/Yusuf Ahmad

Chanting Haitian voodoo celebrants honor quake dead

March 29, 2010
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Tents for earthquake survivors in the national stadium in Port-au-Prince March 21, 2010/Eduardo Munoz

Satan is now following you on Twitter!

February 27, 2010

Some things you just can’t make up. Check out this email from Twitter about a new follower to our RTRFaithWorld account:

Pew dissects U.S. “Millennials” on issues of faith and culture

February 17, 2010

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has just issued a report that examines issues of faith and culture among Americans between the age of 18 and 29 — a demographic group that has been dubbed the “Millennials” because most came of age around 2000. You can see our story here and the report here.

Singapore raps evangelical pastor for ridiculing Buddhists, Taoists

By Reuters Staff
February 10, 2010
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Lighthouse Evangelism church in Singapore, 11 Sept 2005/Slivester

Singapore has warned an evangelical Christian pastor that his online videos are offensive to Buddhists and Taoists, underlining the city-state’s concerns that religion is a potential faultline for its multicultural society.

Church of England laments drop in UK religious TV programmes

February 10, 2010
A shopper looks at televisions in central London 2 March 2005/Toby Melville

A shopper looks at televisions in central London 2 March 2005/Toby Melville

The Church of England voted on Wednesday to express “deep concern” about a drop in religious programmes on British television but drew back from solely targeting the BBC for criticism.

Being religious may not make you healthier after all

By Reuters Staff
February 8, 2010

A number of studies over the past two decades have shown that religious people tend to be healthier. But a new study suggests that when it comes to heart disease and clogged arteries, attending religious services or having spiritual experiences may not protect against heart attacks and strokes.

Haiti quake raises fears of child-eating spirits

January 28, 2010
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Children in a homelss camp in Port-au-Prince, 27 Jan 2010/Eduardo Munoz

The earthquake that shattered Haiti has unleashed fears that child-eating spirits, mythological figures entrenched in Haitian culture, are prowling homeless camps in search of young prey.

Global economic crisis also a values crisis, Davos poll says

January 27, 2010

wefreportThe World Economic Forum, whose annual Davos summit opening today is a favourite gathering for the rich and powerful, has issued an opinion poll showing two-thirds of those surveyed believe the current economic crisis is also a crisis of values. Almost as many singled out business as the sector that should stress values more to foster a better world. “The poll results point to a trust deficit regarding values in the business world,” the Forum said in a statement.