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· April, 2012

Stories about Religion from April, 2012

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Sri Lanka: Monks Demand Demolition of a Mosque

  24 April 2012

Last Friday around 2,000 Buddhist monks and local residents staged a violent protest in Dambulla town in Sri Lanka demanding that a mosque along with a Hindu temple situated in an area designated as a Buddhist sacred zone be demolished.

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Video: Better Aid and Development Discussions Through Islam Crash Course

  20 April 2012

An ongoing discussion over at the Uncultured Project has been the relationship between the lack of knowledge on what Islam is about and how aid and development organizations relate to the Muslim community. Shawn Ahmed shares a simple and short video explaining what Islam is in an attempt to pave the road to better understanding of a large group of people who could be Aid recipients.

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Cuba: What Did Pope Benedict XVI Leave Behind?

  19 April 2012

Two weeks after Pope Benedict XVI left the island, Cuba returns to normalcy. Elaine Diaz offers a review of the different conversations and debates after the Pope's visit that have appeared on Cuban digital blogs and social media.

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Pakistan: Hazara Community Targeted for Killings

  17 April 2012

In the recent past, targeted violence against the Hazara community in Balochistan has increased. Last year sectarian militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi distributed pamphlets threatening Hazaras to leave Pakistan by 2012.

Cuba: No Calm After Papal Storm

  11 April 2012

“The visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Cuba left a storm of arrests, blocked phone lines, and beatings against non-violent dissidents”: Cuban bloggers note that dissidents are suffering in the aftermath of the papal visit.

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Greece: Abbot Released Over Ecclesiastical Real-Estate Scandal

  10 April 2012

Mixed online reactions have met the news that Elder Ephraim, abbot of Vatopedi monastery on Greece's Mount Athos, who was implicated in a scandal arranging land swaps between Vatopedi and the state, has been released from jail after only four months of detention. The scandal cost the Greek government millions of euros.

Mali : Opinions of a Blogger on the Military Coup

  10 April 2012

On his blog Askia Mohamed [fr] reviews the military coup of March 21, 2012 and in a post entitled Un peuple-Un but-Une foi [fr] (‘One people – One Aim – One Faith’), following a brief summary of the current situation, puts the Tuareg rebellion in an historical context.

El Salvador: Photos of Holy Week Carpets

  9 April 2012

Hunnapuh shares photos [es] of the carpets (“alfombras” in Spanish) made for this year's Holy Week in El Salvador. Tim explained more about these carpets in his blog back in 2008: “The alfombras are made by families, groups or organizations with salt and sand and make intricate, and temporary, works...

Cuba: Unholy Actions

  9 April 2012

Pedazos de la Isla reports on the “wave of terror” that plagued the island's dissidents over Holy Week, here and here.

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