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You practice candoble?



Brazil needle victim recovers, outrage at cruelty

The pair were guided by a local practitioner of an African-Brazilian religion, candoble, and Magalhaes inserted the needles into the boy at his lover’s home.

I just read this story and was deeply annoyed.

What is candoble? If the author or “editor” had bothered with fact checking they would find out that the religion is called Candomblé. I also would have thought it was a well known fact amongst “editors” that the names of religions are considered “proper nouns” in English. You would figure the “editor” would at least capitalize the misspelling if he or she had some grasp of the English language.


Of course we meant Candomblé. We corrected: GBU Editor

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Members of an afro-Brazilian religious group called Candomble protest against religious intolerance in front of the Brazilian congress  in Brasilia September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Handout/Antonio Cruz

A Columban priest…


Kidnapped Irish priest freed in Philippines

MANILA (Reuters) – An Irish priest kidnapped in the southern Philippines a month ago was freed unharmed on Thursday, a senior church official and members of a Muslim rebel group said.

They said Michael Sinnott, a 78-year-old Columban priest who was snatched from the garden of a church on Oct 11, was handed over to police and government officials in the city of Zamboanga in the southern region of Mindanao shortly before dawn.

Was religion relevant?


Motive probed for US army shooting rampage

KILLEEN, Texas, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Investigators searched for the motive on Friday behind a mass shooting at a sprawling U.S. Army base in Texas, in which an Army psychiatrist trained to treat war wounded is suspected of killing 13 people.

The suspected gunman, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a Muslim born in the United States of immigrant parents, was shot four times by police, a base spokesman said. He was unconscious but in stable condition.

Veneration, not worship…


Irish turn out for apparition, defying church plea

The head of the local Roman Catholic archdiocese issued a statement on Monday urging the faithful to disregard the forecasts by Dublin-based “spiritual healer” Joe Coleman that Mary, worshipped by Christians as the mother of God, would reappear.

Your report on Knock shrine in Ireland states that Catholics worship the Virgin Mary. This is incorrect.  Catholics venerate Mary , which is completely different than worship.

Many believe?


Israeli police, Arabs clash near Jerusalem mosque

The compound is revered by Jews as the Temple Mount, where many believe the Jewish Temple stood until it was destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D.

My 10 year old niece and I were working on a homework assignment yesterday. We saw the original MSNBC article (crediting Reuters for some of the reporting) with the astonishing phrase that “many people believe” that Temple Mount was the home of the ancient temple in Jerusalem.

A cult?


Indonesia’s sharia push may scare investors, moderates

Last year, the government imposed restrictions on Ahmadiyya, a minority Muslim cult, following intense lobbying by hardline Muslim groups to have them banned.

I am appalled that in this story the peaceful international Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is described as a ‘cult’.

The hijacker’s religion?


Religious fanatic briefly hijacks Mexican plane

MEXICO CITY, Sept 9 (Reuters) – A Bolivian-born man clutching a Bible and claiming a divine mission hijacked a plane in Mexico with more than 100 people aboard on Wednesday, but the incident ended quickly and without bloodshed.

Jose Flores, who told police he was a Protestant minister, seized the AeroMexico Boeing 737 after take off from the Caribbean resort of Cancun demanding to speak to Mexican President Felipe Calderon.

A wink and a prayer?


Muslims attend prayers on the eve of the first day of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, at Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta August 21, 2009. Muslims around the world congregate for special evening prayers called “Tarawih” during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. REUTERS/Supri

I’m terribly sorry, but I must tell you I’ll never be looking at your site, or buying any Reuter’s news products in the future.

Something about Mary


In your report the commentator states that it is believed by Christians that Mary ascended into heaven.

This is not true. It is believed by Catholics. Non-Catholic Christians do not believe Mary ascended into heaven because it is not mentioned in the Bible.

Why was this relevant?


Soros says worst of global crisis is “behind us”

“Decidedly the worst (of the crisis) is already behind us,” said Soros, a 78-year-old Hungarian-born American with Jewish roots.

Why is it relevant in this article, which is not a profile, that Soros has ‘Jewish roots?’