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· April, 2011

Stories about Religion from April, 2011

China: Poem Dedicated to Lobsang Tsepak

High Peaks Pure Earth has translated a poem by Woeser dedicated to Lobsang Tsepak, a monk of Kirti Monastery, Ngaba, who was studying at Beijing's Central University for Nationalities and...

Iran: Islamist bloggers divided over Ahmadinejad-Khamenei rift

It appears from Iranian Islamist blogs that the honeymoon between Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Islamic Republic's Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is finally over. Some reject Ahmadinejad is favor...

Egypt: Sectarian Strife?

Egyptian Dr. A. blogs about sectarian strife in this must read post.

Guatemala: Remembering the Death of Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera

In Central American Politics, Mike writes: “On this date [April 26] in 1998, Roman Catholic Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera was found bludgeoned to death in his residence in Guatemala City....

Australia: Crusading Christian Lanced by Own Tweets

Australian Christian Lobby Director Jim Wallace tweeted on ANZAC Day that Australians didn't fight during World War I for gay marriage and Islam. He has since then deleted his tweet...

Nigeria: On “You Must Be Rich” Gospel

Fariku discusses the “you must be rich gospel” in Nigeria: “In glorifying money and the pursuit of wealth, many clergy lead their congregations astray. Church becomes a competition, who looks...

Guatemala: Maximón and Other Holy Week Traditions

The different and special elements of religiosity in Guatemala make Holy Week (in Spanish, 'Semana Santa') quite a unique experience. Somehow the Catholic religion has been "hacked" to incorporate indigenous...

Indonesia: Suicide Bomber Targets Police Mosque

A suicide bomber attacked the Adz-Zikro mosque located within a police complex in Cirebon City in Indonesia last Friday, April 15, 2011. Dozens were injured when the bomb exploded during...

Nicaragua: Holy Week in the Countryside

While most Nicaraguans and foreign tourists like to spend their holidays in the beach, Ronald Hill Alvarez in Sueños del Caribe [es] recommends spending the ‘Semana Santa’ (Holy Week) holidays...

Pakistan: In Support Of The Burqa Ban

Kalsoom at CHUP! Changing Up Pakistan highlights Nabiha Meher Sheikh, a freelance writer based in Lahore, who explains why she supports the burqa (full face veil) ban in France.

Barbados: Hot Cross Buns

As Holy Week begins, Tastes Like Home offers up “a Cross Bun recipe that totally satisfies…”

Tunisia: Bloggers Debate Secularism

Tunisia is a country of a large Muslim majority and the Tunisian Constitution states that Islam is the state's religion. However, the Tunisian society is one of the most secular...

South Asia: Reactions On The Burqa Ban In France

The recent ban imposed by France on burqa (niqab), the Islamic face veil, has created a lot of buzz across the different blogosphere of the world. Some South Asian bloggers...

Palestine: Remembering Murdered Italian Activist Vittorio Arrigoni

Long before the deadline set by his captors arrived, kidnapped Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni was killed, apparently hanged. Bloggers in Gaza and elsewhere have reacted with disbelief, anger and sorrow.

Palestine: Kidnapping of Italian Activist in Gaza

Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni was kidnapped on Thursday 14 April, 2011, in Gaza by a Salafi-Jihadi group, who said that they would kill him if Sheikh Abu Al Waleed Al...

Guatemala: Photos of Lent Processions in Antigua

Antigua Daily Photo will be publishing one photo per day for one week of Lent processions in Antigua, Guatemala.

Indonesia: Ministry Orders Removal of Buddha Statue

Indonesia's commitment to promote religious tolerance was questioned again after the Religious Affairs Ministry ordered a large Buddhist statue in a monastery in North Sumatra to be removed after Muslim...

Guyana: Losing Your Religion

“Each cast different blame. Your country fault. Your religion fault. And none can see that both is wrong…”: Guyana-Gyal thinks that many of the world's problems could be solved if...

Hungary: Catholic church scandal

Pestiside.hu addresses a current scandal rocking the Catholic church in Hungary, including allegations of pedophilia and financial misconduct.

Japan: The only native Japanese Imam in Tokyo

Uchujin/Adrian Storey realized a photofilm [en] that tells the story of Abdullah Taqy, the only native Japanese Imam in Tokyo – a metropolis of over 13 million people.

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