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Stories about Religion

21 April 2019

A series of bomb attacks on churches and hotels spark terror in Sri Lanka

Hundreds were killed and injured in a series of planned explosions in Sri Lanka. A twelve-hour islandwide curfew was declared by the government while social media sites were restricted.

19 April 2019

Pope Francis will visit North Macedonia in May, shortly after presidential elections

It is the first time a pope visits North Macedonia.

12 April 2019

Easter in Trinidad & Tobago looks (and tastes) like this

A glimpse into what Easter time is like in the most southerly islands of the Caribbean archipelago.

4 April 2019

Pope Francis to visit Mozambique in September, during election campaigning

Mozambique will hold elections in October and is still recovering from a cyclone which virtually destroyed Beira, the second largest city.

18 March 2019

Abandoned church construction site bears testimony to waning Russian influence in North Macedonia

Sergei Samsonenko's fortune seems to have waned since the Russia-backed political party VMRO-DPMNE lost the 2016 elections after ruling for a decade.

4 March 2019

Uproar in Australia as lid lifted on Cardinal Pell's child sexual abuse convictions

"Almost immediately, the parade of aggrieved, disappointed, distressed, shocked, disbelieving, sad, angry Catholics and other Pell supporters began moving like a sullen, offended beast across the media, in unedifying protest..."

25 February 2019

How Saudi leaders are using religion to consolidate power and silence critical voices

Advox

''Oppression is a comprehensive system, and [in our country] it is enabled by religion.'' 

17 January 2019

Facing targeted attacks, Yemen's Christian minority struggles to survive

"Galileo" is a Yemeni who converted to Christianity three years ago. He's been arrested and tortured, and is now living in fear for his life.

20 December 2018

In Cardinal George Pell's sexual abuse trial, Australian court fails to suppress the ‘nation's worst kept secret’

Advox

"The alleged suppression order on #georgepell is allowing fake news and hearsay and speculation take the place of reputable news sources."

19 December 2018

Over 500 women accuse superstar psychic in Brazil of sexual abuse

João de Deus attracted hundreds of people to his spiritual center every day and once counseled North American TV host Oprah Winfrey.

10 November 2018

Pakistani right-wing political party meets online backlash after sowing violence in Asia Bibi case

After countrywide violent protests by Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan, petitions and campaigns are launched against the religious political party.

20 September 2018

Uighurs in the laogai: how China's persecution of a minority turned my fiction into fact

The Bridge

"In 2017, 21% of all arrests made in China took place in Xinjiang Province, a region where only 1.5% of the Chinese population lives."

12 September 2018

Pakistan government's pro-minority stance questioned as Ahmadi economist's appointment is revoked

The appointment of Ahmadi Muslim economist Dr. Atif Mian to a government Council sparked a social media smear campaign, and right-wing religious parties threatened nationwide protests.

8 August 2018

What destiny for diversity in Afghanistan? The case of Sikhs and Hindus

"So sad! I can’t imagine their grief and pain when leaving the country, especially, Avtar Singh’s family whose wounds are still fresh!"

27 July 2018

In India, police protects cows while lynching victim accused of cow smuggling is delayed care

"It’s sad to know that cow protection is more sacred than saving a human life...Are minorities in the country really being marginalized and treated as second-grade citizens?"

11 July 2018

Natural resources surrounded by terror: What is behind the attacks in northern Mozambique?

Since October 2017, Cabo Delgado Province -- a region rich with rubies, gas, oil, and wood -- has suffered violent attacks, the motives of which are unclear to local authorities.

18 June 2018

Guyana's LGBT community hosts its first ever gay pride parade

"#Guyana is the only South American country where homosexuality is still illegal. It just held its first LGBT Pride parade. Let's hope decriminalisation is next..."

14 June 2018

Trinidad and Tobago's religious leaders ‘unite to divide’ people around the issue of gay rights

"Doing what you can to reduce murder, child abuse, domestic violence...nah, more important to use your leadership position to say who should or shouldn't be allowed to love each other"

2 June 2018

Who are China's political prisoners? A human rights assessment, 29 years after Tiananmen

On the anniversary of the deadly crackdown on the Tiananmen Square protests, an overview of China's political prisoners from 1981 to 2017.

15 May 2018

A Beijing-Vatican deal could bolster China's persecution of religion, warns Hong Kong cardinal

"Any agreement on the side of the Vatican may be seen as collaboration with the government to persecute our own people; that’s terrible," says Cardinal Joseph Zen.

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