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Stories about Religion

19 November 2015

Rastafari Rootzfest Celebrates Jamaica's Emancipation of Marijuana

The Rastafari Rootzfest -- Jamaica's first ever "educational ganja festival" -- is paving the way for the island to make its mark on the emerging global marijuana industry.

18 November 2015

Africans Wonder What Pope Francis’ Visit Will Achieve for the Continent

Can the ‘political pope,’ as he is increasingly being called, advance peace and promote reconciliation in Africa where so many others have failed?

7 November 2015

A Transgender Woman in Aceh, Indonesia Gathers Strength as New Anti-Gay Sex Laws Roll Out

“I believe Islam is very tolerant on these issues,” the LGBT activist says. “I believe in God, and God loves. Those who cast us out aren’t God.”

3 November 2015

Meet the Flourishing Muslim Community in Buenaventura, Colombia

Almost 300 Colombian families of African descent converted to Islam 40 years ago as a form of empowerment in the face of marginalization.

31 October 2015

At Japan's Cafe de Monk, Tsunami Survivors Can Get Coffee, Cake and a Sympathetic Ear

Nearly five years after the tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Japan, thousands still suffer the consequences. So a Japanese Buddhist monk developed a pop-up cafe to cater to their needs.

29 October 2015

Mainstream Media Comes Under Fire for ‘Biased’ Coverage of Shia Religious Event

Every year, millions of Shia mark the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussain bin Ali, killed 1,300 years ago. Netizens hit back on how mainstream media get it wrong.

25 October 2015

Bomb Attack On Shia Gathering in Dhaka Raises Questions in Bangladesh

The Islamic State group has reportedly claimed responsibility for the Hussaini Dalan bomb attack, which killed one and injured over sixty others.

21 October 2015

Overturning Lower Court, Maldives Supreme Court Saves Convicted Adulteress From Being Stoned to Death

The Maldives' Supreme Court has acted swiftly to overturn an island court's decision to execute a woman for adultery. The woman had been sentenced to be stoned to death.

20 October 2015

Bahrain Government Renews Crackdown on Religious Rituals

Security forces and youth clashed in Bahrain today as police attacked villages, forcefully removing banners placed on roadsides to commemorate Ashura. Several people were injured from buckshot fired at protesters.

17 October 2015

ISIS Gunman Kills Five at Shia Mosque in Saudi Arabia

A Saudi gunman affiliated with ISIS opened fire at Shia worshippers in Saihat, killing five people. Netizens blame sectarian incitement against Shiites for the incident.

11 October 2015

Orthodox Serbian Village ‘Threatens’ to Convert to Islam in Bid to Restore Local Church

Residents of Šopić, a village just outside of Belgrade, threatened to "collectively convert to Islam" if their damaged Orthodox church wasn't reconstructed by the parish in October 2015.

9 October 2015

Will Prayers Help Zambia's Currency Gain Value? President Lungu Thinks They Might

"Praying for a currency to improve means you don’t understand economics. The depreciation of the Kwacha is not the devils work."

2 October 2015

Man's Beating Death Casts Harsh Light on India's Beef Politics

"Some get rich by exporting #beef, some die for consuming it? What warped & perverse nationalism is this ban fanning?"

12 September 2015

Multi-Billion Construction Work Kills 107 Pilgrims in Mecca Just Weeks Before Hajj

A construction crane collapse that took the lives of over a hundred Mecca pilgrims right before the Hajj is raising questions about the grand expansion plans for the Mosque.

9 September 2015

Ordinary Danes Offer ‘Welcome’ Antidote to Government's Anti-Refugee Ad

Danes crowdfunded an ad welcoming refugees after the Danish Ministry for Foreigners, Integration and Housing announced its intention to publish one dissuading refugees from travelling to Denmark.

1 September 2015

Meet the Men That Have Eluded Tajikistan's Secret Beard Police

Unsurprisingly, none of them are practising Muslims.

31 August 2015

Journalists Reporting in Mali Receive Death Threats From ‘Guardians of Jihad’

A militant group threatens to kill journalists working for foreign media who report on Mali.

18 August 2015

Instagram Photos Offer a Peek Into Nagasaki's Unique Send-Off for the Dead

Isolated Nagasaki, in western Japan, has a unique approach to Obon, the festival of the dead observed in Japan each year in mid-August.

Meet Venezuela's Orthodox Priest Who Rocks in His Robes

Father Elias is not your typical rock star, playing in a priest's robe. He's not what many expect a priest to be like, either.

12 August 2015

Will Nepal's Gadhimai Temple End Its Centuries-Old Animal Sacrifice Rituals?

News reports that the Gadhimai temple -- which hosts one of the world’s biggest massacre of animals -- will ban their centuries-old ritual of sacrifice, turned out to be wrong.

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