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Stories about Religion

24 August 2016

The ‘Different Yet Equal’ Protest Politics of Sri Lanka

The vigil highlighted that the insecurity felt by some Sinhala Buddhists continues to persist, despite the fact that they remain the country's majority community.

15 August 2016

After Landmark Ruling in Belize, Human Rights Groups Hope the Caribbean Tide Is Turning Towards LGBT Equality

"Good law always reflects common sense, and common sense has prevailed in Belize."

7 August 2016

Southeast Asia’s Iconic Mosques, Temples, Pagodas, and Cathedrals

Where can you find the largest Catholic cathedral in Asia, the world's largest religious monument, and the only mosque without a dome? Only in Southeast Asia.

23 July 2016

Amidst Soaring Road Fatalities, a Tragic Accident Spawns Strange Jamaican Tales

A tragic accident on a dangerous but historically significant bridge leads Jamaicans to discuss road safety options -- with a few ghost stories thrown in for good measure.

21 July 2016

A Protection Ritual to ‘Close the Body’ Links Different Religious Traditions in Brazil

The "closing of the body" is supposed to ward off evil. Followers of the Afro-Brazilian religions of Candomblé and Umbanda as well as some Catholics practice the ritual.

16 July 2016

Myanmar's Online Community Anticipates Fall of Radical Buddhist Group with Funny Memes

"So you are saying that Buddhism, which has been a religion for 2,500 years will be destroyed if Ma-Ba-Tha does not save it and Myanmar will become a Muslim country?”

2 July 2016

This Jewish Family Is Hosting a Syrian Muslim Refugee in Their Berlin Home

When a Syrian refugee moved into the Jellinek family's home in Berlin, he got help with his German. And the Jewish family developed a new appreciation for their country.

19 June 2016

Muslim Refugees Stuck in Greece Miss Home More Than Ever During Ramadan

The Greek government is making an effort to support Muslim refugees during Ramadan, but for those stuck in limbo the holiday is also a painful reminder of better days.

16 June 2016

Climate Change Threatens Qoyllur Riti, a Festival That Mixes Catholic and Indigenous Beliefs in Peru

The Peruvian celebration of Qoyllur Riti shows the religious syncretism typical of the region, but it's being threatened by climate change.

Ramadan in Sri Lanka Is More Than You Think

Although Sri Lanka has grappled with divisions along ethnic and religious lines, in challenging times citizens do come together to help each other, casting aside their differences.

6 June 2016

The Amazing Stories of Las Lajas Sanctuary, the “Most Beautiful Church in the World”

In Colombia, the Las Lajas Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary is at the center of numerous visits and fantastic stories, celebrating the miraculous nature of the temple.

2 June 2016

What a Vote on Islamic Marriage Blessings Says About Politics in Kyrgyzstan

"If you really do not understand then why are you here? To polish your backsides on these chairs?"

The Archbishop of Cyprus Says He's ‘Satisfied’ With a Far-Right Party's Election Success

"Are you satisfied that they don't condemn Nazism? Are you satisfied by swastikas? By angled crosses?"

1 June 2016

Spain's Archbishop of Valencia and His Crusade Against the ‘Gay Empire’

An LGBT rights advocacy group has filed a formal complaint with the district attorney for hate crimes “for his homophobic and sexist comments that only serve to incite hatred."

31 May 2016

Hindu Religious Leader Tells Child Marriage Critics in Trinidad & Tobago to ‘Mind Your Own Damn Business’

"That’s exactly the sort of idea that, if you let bounce around in your head for a bit, leads to an aneurysm."

28 May 2016

Publicly Humiliated, Sacked and Then Reinstated: The Tale of a Minority Headmaster in Bangladesh

"Let each human being live with proper honour and self respect. #SorrySir"

25 May 2016

Bloggers Boggled Over Why Child Marriage Is Still on the Books in Trinidad & Tobago

"This is not just an issue of age and maturity, but once again, of power."

20 May 2016

On Not Becoming a Buddhist

The Bridge

Did a visit to the Japanese Buddhist temple of Tada-ji and the statue of Yakushi Nyorai help save a sick infant? Is it even possible to know?

Trinidad and Tobago Reconsiders Marriage Act After Push to Recognise Child Marriage as Abuse

Trinidad and Tobago is a society of contradictions: the legal age of sexual consent was recently raised from 16 to 18, even as another law on marriage differs significantly.

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