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Bangladesh, Myanmar aim to return Rohingya within 2 years
Thomas S. Monson, president of Mormon church, dies at 90
Gunmen storm church in southern Nigeria, killing at least 17
Islamic State claims attack on Shiite centre, 41 dead
Islamic State claims attack on Shiite centre in Kabul, 41 dead
Attackers storm Shiite cultural centre in Kabul, 35 killed
Canada's envoy to the Rohingya crisis issues interim report
Bangladesh, Myanmar aim to return Rohingya within 2 years
2018-01-17 06:29:09 than 650,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since August Related Stories Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed that they will try to complete the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled from violence in Myanmar within two years, Bangladesh's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday. The ministry said a joint working group from the two countries finalized an agreement on Monday on the physical arrangements for the repatriation of the ethnic Rohingya   Read More ...
A year after mosque shooting, Quebec politicians say day of action against Islamophobia is too controversial
2018-01-15 20:04:43 A proposed day of action against Islamophobia is getting some pushback in Quebec City. Canadian Muslim groups wrote Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking for Jan. 29 to be made a national day of action against Islamophobia. The date marks the day in 2017 when a man walked into a Quebec City mosque and started shooting — killing six people and injuring 19 others   Read More ...
Mosque shooting: Montreal won't say if it supports day of action against Islamophobia
2018-01-15 20:04:37 Montreal plans to commemorate the Quebec mosque massacre but it’s unclear if it would support a “day of action against Islamophobia.” Muslim groups have proposed making Jan. 29 — the anniversary of the Quebec City shooting rampage that left six Muslim men dead — an annual day of action against Islamophobia. On Monday, Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante did not answer directly when asked whether she would support such a day   Read More ...
Aung San Suu Kyi hails military probe into Rohingya mass grave
2018-01-14 03:31:20 BANGKOK – Myanmar‘s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has called the military’s investigation into the deaths of Rohingya Muslims found in a mass grave a “positive indication,” state media reported Saturday. The military, which has been accused of indiscriminate killings, rape and burning of Rohingya villages, acknowledged that security forces and villagers were responsible for the deaths of 10 people found in a mass grave in December   Read More ...
Suu Kyi says Rohingya mass grave investigation "positive"
2018-01-13 21:03:00 BANGKOK -- Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has called the military's investigation into the deaths of Rohingya Muslims found in a mass grave a "positive indication," state media reported Saturday. "It is a positive indication that we are taking the steps to be responsible," Suu Kyi said according to the report in the Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper   Read More ...
Rohingya insurgents say 10 found in Myanmar grave were 'innocent civilians'
2018-01-13 15:06:55 Myanmar's military said earlier this week its soldiers had killed 10 captured Muslim 'terrorists' Rohingya Muslim insurgents said Saturday that 10 Rohingya found in a mass grave in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state last month were "innocent civilians," and not members of their group. Myanmar's military said earlier this week its soldiers had killed 10 captured Muslim "terrorists" during insurgent attacks at the beginning of September, after Buddhist villagers had forced the captured men into a grave the villagers had dug   Read More ...
Chinese authorities demolish well-known evangelical church
2018-01-11 14:36:08 BEIJING — Authorities in northern China’s coal country this week demolished a well-known Christian mega-church, underscoring long-standing tensions between religious groups and the officially atheistic Communist Party. Witnesses and overseas activists say paramilitary People’s Armed Police forces used excavators and dynamite on Tuesday to destroy the Golden Lampstand Church in the city of Linfen in Shanxi province. ChinaAid, a U.S.-based Christian advocacy group, said local authorities planted explosives in an underground worship hall to demolish the building, which was built with nearly $3 million in contributions from local worshippers in one of China’s poorest regions   Read More ...
Quebec opposition against Islamophobia day of action on mosque shooting anniversary — letter sent to PM Trudeau
2018-01-09 18:06:47 MONTREAL — Quebec’s main opposition parties are coming out against a call to make the anniversary of Quebec City’s deadly mosque shooting a day of action on Islamophobia. Last week, the National Council of Canadian Muslims wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, asking for the Jan. 29 anniversary of the mass shooting one year ago to become a national day of remembrance and action on Islamophobia   Read More ...
Quebec parties balk at making mosque shooting anniversary a day of awareness
2018-01-09 17:38:03 MONTREAL — Quebec’s main opposition parties are coming out against a call to make the anniversary of Quebec City’s deadly mosque shooting a day of action on Islamophobia. Last week, the National Council of Canadian Muslims wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, asking for the Jan. 29 anniversary of the mass shooting one year ago to become a national day of remembrance and action on Islamophobia   Read More ...
Quebec parties balk at making mosque shooting anniversary a day of awareness
2018-01-09 17:04:38 MONTREAL - Quebec's main opposition parties are coming out against a call to make the anniversary of Quebec City's deadly mosque shooting a day of action on Islamophobia. Last week, the National Council of Canadian Muslims wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, asking for the Jan. 29 anniversary of the mass shooting one year ago to become a national day of remembrance and action on Islamophobia   Read More ...
Christians around the world celebrate Epiphany
2018-01-07 03:03:05 In some Orthodox Christian countries, Christmas Day is celebrated on Jan. 7. Many Christians around the world observe the ancient feast day Epiphany, which brings a close to the Christmas season. At the Vatican, Pope Francis gave a special mass to recall the Three Wise Men who followed a star to find baby Jesus. Three Kings Day The ancient feast day celebrates the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist, as well as the visit from the Three Wise Men, which is why it's also known as "Three Kings Day   Read More ...
Mormon church president Thomas S. Monson dead at 90
2018-01-03 20:10:06 By Brady McCombs, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. SALT LAKE CITY — For more than 50 years, Thomas S. Monson served in top leadership councils for the Mormon church — making him a well-known face and personality to multiple generations of Mormons. A church bishop at the age of 22, the Salt Lake City native became the youngest church apostle ever in 1963 at the age of 36   Read More ...
Thomas Monson, leader of the Mormon Church in U.S., dead at 90
2018-01-03 18:08:11 Church of Latter Day Saints is 4th largest Christian denomination in the U.S. Related Stories Thomas Monson, leader of the Mormon Church, has died at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah, the church said on Wednesday. He was 90. Monson became the 16th president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as the religion is officially known, in 2008   Read More ...
Thomas S. Monson, president of Mormon church, dies at 90
2018-01-03 16:04:33 SALT LAKE CITY -- For more than 50 year, Thomas S. Monson served in top leadership councils for the Mormon church -- making him a well-known face and personality to multiple generations of Mormons. A church bishop at the age of 22, the Salt Lake City native became the youngest church apostle ever in 1963 at the age of 36. He served as a counsellor for three church presidents before assuming the role of the top leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in February 2008   Read More ...
Thomas S. Monson, president of Mormon church, dies at 90
2018-01-03 12:03:41 SALT LAKE CITY -- Thomas S. Monson, the 16th president of the Mormon church, has died after overseeing the religion for nine years. He was 90. Monson died Tuesday night at his home in Salt Lake City, according to church spokesman Eric Hawkins. Monson spent more than five decades serving in top church leadership councils -- making him a well-known face and personality to multiple generations of Mormons   Read More ...
Gunmen storm church in southern Nigeria, killing at least 17
2018-01-02 18:05:46 A Nigerian official says gunmen shot dead at least 17 worshippers who had attended a church service to usher in the new year. The chair of a local community group, Osi Olisa, said Tuesday that the gunmen also shot people on the road before escaping. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack in Omoku, about 88 kilometres northwest of the capital city of Rivers State, Port Harcourt   Read More ...
Don Macpherson: Two stories about mosques in Quebec
2017-12-29 20:05:50 It now seems as though it wasa long time ago, so much has happened since then. Maybe it took the year-end news reviews to remind us that it was in 2017, in January, that the Quebec City mosque shooting occurred. The deaths of six men killed because they were Muslims worshipping at their mosque was the news story of the year in Quebec   Read More ...
Gunmen attack church near Cairo, killing 9
2017-12-29 15:06:40 Gunmen killed at least nine people, including three police officers, in an attack on a Coptic Christian church south of Cairo on Friday, medical and security sources said. The two attackers opened fire at the entrance to the church of Mar Mina in Helwan district, which was being guarded by police in the run-up to Orthodox Christmas celebrations next week, security sources said   Read More ...
Islamic State claims ‘horrific’ attack on Shiite centre in Kabul, 41 dead
2017-12-28 18:26:56 KABUL — A brutal attack claimed by the Islamic State group devastated a two-story Shiite Muslim cultural centre in the Afghan capital on Thursday, killing at least 41 people and wounding another 84, many suffering severe burns from the intensity of the explosions. The IS-linked Aamaq news agency said three bombs were used in the ferocious assault as well as a single suicide bomber who blew himself up inside the centre, where scores of people had gathered to mark the 1979 invasion of Afghanistan by the former Soviet Union   Read More ...
Islamic State claims attack on Shiite centre, 41 dead
2017-12-28 18:04:45 KABUL -- A brutal attack claimed by the Islamic State group devastated a two-story Shiite Muslim cultural centre in the Afghan capital on Thursday, killing at least 41 people and wounding another 84, many suffering severe burns from the intensity of the explosions. The IS-linked Aamaq news agency said three bombs were used in the ferocious assault as well as a single suicide bomber who blew himself up inside the centre, where scores of people had gathered to mark the 1979 invasion of Afghanistan by the former Soviet Union   Read More ...
Islamic State claims attack on Shiite centre in Kabul, 41 dead
2017-12-28 18:02:37 KABUL -- A brutal attack claimed by the Islamic State group devastated a two-story Shiite Muslim cultural centre in the Afghan capital on Thursday, killing at least 41 people and wounding another 84, many suffering severe burns from the intensity of the explosions. The IS-linked Aamaq news agency said three bombs were used in the ferocious assault as well as a single suicide bomber who blew himself up inside the centre, where scores of people had gathered to mark the 1979 invasion of Afghanistan by the former Soviet Union   Read More ...
Attackers storm Shiite cultural centre in Kabul, 35 killed
2017-12-28 12:03:08 KABUL -- Attackers stormed a Shiite Muslim cultural centre in the Afghan capital Thursday, setting off multiple bombs and killing at least 35 people and wounding at least 56, authorities said. Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said an unknown number of suicide attackers set off an explosion outside the centre before carrying out an attack inside. They set off explosive devices in the basement of the building where scores of people had gathered to mark the December 1979 invasion of Afghanistan by the former Soviet Union, he said   Read More ...
In Iraq, worshippers attend Christmas church services for first time since defeat of ISIS militants
2017-12-26 04:03:05 TELESKOF, Iraq, Dec 25 (Reuters) – Inside the newly renovated Church of Saint George in the Northern Iraqi town of Teleskof, Hayat Chamoun Daoud led children dressed as Santa Claus singing “Jingle Bells” in Aramaic.Like every other resident of Teleskof, this was Daoud’s first Christmas back home in three years, since Islamic State militants overran her town and forcibly displaced its 12,000-strong Chaldean Christian community   Read More ...
Mormons are baptizing Holocaust victims and the grandparents of public figures
2017-12-26 03:31:43 Mormons are posthumously baptizing Holocaust victims as well as grandparents of public figures like Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Steven Spielberg, despite church rules intended to restrict the ceremonies to a member’s ancestors, according to a researcher who has spent two decades monitoring the church’s massive genealogical database. The discoveries made by former Mormon Helen Radkey and shared with The Associated Press likely will bring new scrutiny to a deeply misunderstood practice that has become a sensitive issue for the church   Read More ...
20 dead after bus crashes into van carrying pilgrims to Christmas Mass in the Philippines
2017-12-25 19:32:02 A passenger bus collided with a van carrying pilgrims to Christmas Mass at a church in the northern Philippines on Monday, leaving 20 people dead and more than two dozen injured, police said.Police Chief Superintendent Romulo Sapitula said all those killed in the pre-dawn collision in La Union province’s Agoo town were in the van, known as jeepneys. Another 10 van passengers, along with the driver and 17 other occupants of the bus, were injured   Read More ...
Pope Francis laments ‘winds of war’ and calls for a two-state solution in Israel
2017-12-25 18:02:48 Lamenting “the winds of war” blowing around the world, Pope Francis in his traditional Christmas message on Monday called for a two-state solution to find peace in the Middle East and prayed that confrontation can be overcome on the Korean Peninsula. The pope took particular aim at areas of global tension where President Donald Trump is playing a critical role. Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has ignited new violence in the Middle East, while confrontation with North Korea over its nuclear tests has escalated tensions in Asia   Read More ...
India tightens Christmas security after Christians attacked
2017-12-25 13:32:38 NEW DELHI -- Christians and others in India celebrated Christmas despite fears of an anti-Christian backlash in some parts of the predominantly Hindu country. The Indian government asked states to increase security for Christmas celebrations this year after recent isolated attacks on Christians in northern India. No new incidents had been reported as of late Monday. Vigilante groups have targeted Muslims since a Hindu nationalist party came to power in India in 2014   Read More ...
Inside St. Nick's church in Turkey, where the bones of the man who inspired Santa may be buried
2017-12-25 12:09:31 St. Nicholas preached and prayed in what is now known as Demre, Turkey Nil Köksal is a CBC News correspondent based in Istanbul. Köksal is an award-winning journalist and host who has reported from New York, Washington D.C., Turkey, Tunisia and Syria. You can connect with Nil here: Related Stories Strip away the images of the red suit, reindeer and presents and you'll start to get a better sense of St   Read More ...
Egypt detains 15 after dozens attack Coptic church near Cairo
2017-12-25 00:04:44 Egyptian authorities have detained 15 people pending an investigation into an attack on an unlicensed Coptic Christian church in a village south of Cairo, a security source said on Sunday. Dozens of Muslims from the village of Kafr al-Waslin attacked the church after Friday prayers, smashing the windows and breaking everything inside, the archdiocese of Atfih said in a statement. The diocese had applied to legalize the status of the church, which has housed worshippers for 15 years after a church building law was passed in 2016, the statement said   Read More ...
Do you hear what I hear? Christians in Holy Land revive the language of Jesus
2017-12-24 18:05:42 Students in town of Galilee learn Aramaic at school thanks to this man's dedication to preserving it Derek Stoffel is the Middle East correspondent for CBC News. He has covered the Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, reported from Syria during the ongoing civil war and covered the Israeli and Palestinian conflict. He has also worked throughout Europe and the U   Read More ...
Bob Rae, Canada's envoy to the Rohingya crisis, issues interim report
2017-12-22 15:08:48 Report draws particular attention the plight of women Related Stories Canada's special envoy on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar says it's hard to put the extent of the humanitarian crisis into words. Bob Rae issued his interim report on Thursday night on the crisis that has seen hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims flee Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh because of a crackdown by Myanmar security forces   Read More ...
Canada's envoy to the Rohingya crisis issues interim report
2017-12-22 08:03:17 TORONTO - Canada's special envoy on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar says it's hard to put the extent of the humanitarian crisis into words. Bob Rae issued his interim report on Thursday night on the crisis that has seen hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims flee Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh because of a crackdown by Myanmar security forces. Rae's interim report said refugee camps are "deplorably overcrowded and pose a threat to human health and life itself   Read More ...
Pope Francis administers final rites at Cardinal Law funeral as abuse victims speak out
2017-12-21 17:32:13 VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is set to preside over the final rites in the funeral Mass for Cardinal Bernard Law, symbol of the Catholic Church’s failure to protect children from pedophile priests and its arrogance in safeguarding its own reputation at all costs. The dean of the college of cardinals, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, will celebrate Law’s funeral Mass on Thursday behind the main altar of St   Read More ...
A candidate for sainthood? Grave of Rose Prince brings pilgrims to former residential school
2017-12-21 06:33:30 FRASER LAKE, B.C. — Rose Prince arrived at the former Lejac Residential School in British Columbia when she was six years old and never left. Her grave site on the grounds of the Catholic-run institution at Fraser Lake is all that remains of the school, but it brings Indigenous and non-Indigenous visitors on pilgrimages every year seeking spiritual and physical healing   Read More ...
Debunked mosque story: Rally targets TVA Nouvelles, Islamophobia
2017-12-21 03:04:42 than 100 protesters — most of them non-Muslims — gathered in front of the headquarters of TVA Nouvelles Wednesday night, accusing the TV network of routinely broadcasting fake news and fomenting Islamophobia. Some of the protesters pelted the building on de Maisonneuve Blvd. E. with pieces of ice, chanting “F–k you, TVA.” A row of anti-riot police stood guard in front of the entrance to the building, and the hour-long demonstration ended peacefully at around 7:30 p   Read More ...
Stolen Jesus and Mary figures are returned to an Ontario church in time for Christmas
2017-12-20 22:35:05 BANCROFT, Ont. — An Ontario church that saw the figures of Jesus and Mary swiped from its nativity scene will now celebrate Christmas with everyone accounted for. Provincial police say the figures were returned to the church in Bancroft, Ont., about 10 days after they initially disappeared. They say Jesus and Mary originally went missing from the front lawn of the church, where the nativity scene was set up in honour of the season   Read More ...
Stolen figures of Jesus, Mary returned to Ontario church in time for Christmas
2017-12-20 18:15:09 BANCROFT, Ont. — An Ontario church that saw the figures of Jesus and Mary swiped from its nativity scene will now celebrate Christmas with everyone accounted for. Provincial police say the figures were returned to the church in Bancroft, Ont., about 10 days after they initially disappeared. They say Jesus and Mary originally went missing from the front lawn of the church, where the nativity scene was set up in honour of the season   Read More ...
Stolen figures of Jesus and Mary returned to Bancroft, Ont. church
2017-12-20 17:33:36 BANCROFT, Ont. -- An Ontario church that saw the figures of Jesus and Mary swiped from its nativity scene will now celebrate Christmas with everyone accounted for. Provincial police say the figures were returned to the church in Bancroft, Ont., about 10 days after they initially disappeared. They say Jesus and Mary originally went missing from the front lawn of the church, where the nativity scene was set up in honour of the season   Read More ...
Indigenous woman's grave site brings pilgrims to former B.C. residential school
2017-12-20 16:33:16 FRASER LAKE, B.C. -- Rose Prince arrived at the former Lejac Residential School in British Columbia when she was six years old and never left. Her grave site on the grounds of the Catholic-run institution at Fraser Lake is all that remains of the school, but it brings Indigenous and non-Indigenous visitors on pilgrimages every year seeking spiritual and physical healing   Read More ...
Cardinal Law, central figure in Catholic church abuse scandal, dies
2017-12-20 14:04:36 VATICAN CITY -- Cardinal Bernard Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston whose failures to stop child molesters in the priesthood sparked what would become the worst crisis in American Catholicism, died early Wednesday, the Vatican said. He was 86. Law had been sick and was recently hospitalized in Rome. Law was once one of the most important leaders in the U   Read More ...