Europe Religion & Spirituality
Church leaders close Jerusalem's Holy Sepulchre church to protest new tax policies
Russian 'burning church' art engulfed in controversy
In with the old: New president unlikely to transform Mormon church
President of Mormon church Thomas S. Monson dead at 90
Pope Francis fails to mention Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar speech
Pope Francis heads to Myanmar and diplomatic minefield
Modern pilgrims in Japan
2018-03-09 13:45:04 There is a feature of modern Japan which may surprise some people, pilgrims. Shikoku is the smallest of Japan’s four main islands. Its history is rich and entwined with Buddhist teaching, indeed there are 88 temples on the island for pilgrims to visit.   Read More ...
Israel backtracks in church tax row
2018-02-27 23:45:14 It follows a protest by Christian leaders who closed the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, revered as the site of Christ's crucifixion and burial. Scores of demonstrators earlier rallied outside the locked down holy site, in support of the church closure and against the municipality tax payment demands. After receiving a statement from the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Armenian clergy were considering their next steps, including reopening the church, Wadie Abunassar, an adviser to church leaders said   Read More ...
In Saratov, a holiday for couples
2018-02-27 12:28:00 On a frosty Saturday evening, couples from community No. 2, in Saratov, Russia, gathered together for a special outreach. Couples of every age, as well as families, who have not visited the church for a long time, came together to share the joy of Christian fellowship. It can be safely said that at this event, which took place on February 17, love was celebrated--the love of God for man, love between spouses, love in the church   Read More ...
Pilgrims flock to India's Holi festival
2018-02-25 19:00:07 Hindu devotees threw colours to the wind in the religious festival of Holi, which takes place annually in Nandgaon, in the state of Uttar Pradesh,   Read More ...
Church leaders close Jerusalem's Holy Sepulchre church to protest new tax policies
2018-02-25 16:45:12 Church leaders said in a statement the municipality's move to tax commercial assets owned by the church seemed like an "attempt to weaken the Christian presence in Jerusalem".   Read More ...
EU set to prepare sanctions on Myanmar generals: diplomats
2018-02-23 08:12:16 BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union will start preparing sanctions against Myanmar generals over killings of Rohingya Muslims by formally calling on the bloc’s foreign policy chief next week to draw up a list of possible names, two diplomats said. Any new travel bans and asset freezes would be the EU’s toughest measures yet to try to hold the military accountable for the abuses, likely joining U   Read More ...
Russian 'burning church' art engulfed in controversy
2018-02-19 17:36:01 A community of Russian artists has attracted controversy by burning a model of what some say appears to be a Catholic church at an Orthodox Christian festival. Setting fire to an effigy is a traditional part of Maslenitsa, or "Butter Week" - a six-day festival marking the last week before Orthodox Lent, although it also has pagan roots. Nikola-Lenivets - an "art park" devoted to modern art and architecture near the western city of Kaluga - usually has its own take on the festival, and every year sets a different shape alight   Read More ...
Hungarian PM targets 'advance of Islam,' calls Christianity 'Europe's last hope'
2018-02-18 22:31:44 BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Hungary's prime minister says that "Christianity is Europe's last hope" and that politicians in Brussels, Berlin and Paris favouring migration have "opened the way to the decline of Christian culture and the advance of Islam." Viktor Orban said Sunday during his 20th annual state of the nation speech that his government will oppose efforts by the United Nations or the European Union to make migration acceptable to the world   Read More ...
Dagestan church shooting leaves four dead in Kizlyar
2018-02-18 17:04:05 Four people have been killed in a shooting at a Christian church in the Russian republic of Dagestan. Four others were also injured in the shooting, Russia's interior ministry said. An unknown shooter fired at people leaving an evening service in the city of Kizlyar, Russia's Tass news agency said. The attacker was killed, and two police officers were among the wounded, the news agency reports   Read More ...
Religious leaders attack Home Office for Britain being only European country to detain immigrants with no time limit
2018-02-16 08:05:21 Religious leaders join forces today to demand an end to the indefinite detention of immigrants who have been charged with no crime. The heads of five faiths have issued a blistering statement aimed at Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, pointing out that Britain is the only European country to hold people without oversight by a judge – and with no release date   Read More ...
Binding up the brokenhearted training for leaders in Baltic Union
2018-02-09 12:14:56 Departmental leaders across the Baltic Union gathered together in mid-January to take seriously the words of Psalm 147:2-3 as a principle for their territory: According to Baltic Union President, David Nõmmik, they see the issue of ‘Binding up the Brokenhearted’ as major within modern culture, and as significant for Christians who recognize that Christ is a Healer. Beyond the miracles recorded in the Gospels, they recognize that He is still a great Healer today, renewing our spirit and giving us hope   Read More ...
Denmark poised to ban Islamic full-face veils
2018-02-07 11:06:16 The Danish government is poised to become the next European country to introduce a ban on Islamic full-face coverings in public places. The government said it planned to fine people who wore items including the burqa and the niqab which are worn by some Muslim women. Under the proposals anyone found covering their face would be fined 1,000 kroner (£120), or up to 10,000 kroner (£1,200) if they are repeatedly caught   Read More ...
Send 'Muslims' opposing Ram Temple to America, Europe: Azam Khan
2018-02-03 13:06:58 NEW DELHI: Commenting on the statement made by UP's Shia Waqf Board Chairman Waseem Rizvi, Azam Khan on Saturday said that if you want to send people who oppose building of Ram Temple, why send them to counties which can't even offer them bread. He added '" Desh ke badshah aisa chahte hain to Europe bheje , America ke tanashah se bhi achi dosti hai unki   Read More ...
UK: Finsbury Park mosque attacker to be sentenced
2018-02-02 04:27:19 Darren Osborne was convicted of murder and attempted murder after driving a van into a crowd of Muslim worshippers in June 2017, killing one of them and inju   Read More ...
German far-right AfD politician converts to Islam
2018-01-24 17:35:51 A member of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, known for its anti-Muslim rhetoric, has surprised observers by converting to Islam. Arthur Wagner sat on the party's executive committee in the state of Brandenburg but recently stepped down for reasons he says are unrelated. The 48-year-old, who is still a member of the party, told one newspaper that it was a "private matter"   Read More ...
In with the old: New president unlikely to transform Mormon church
2018-01-17 12:45:34 Russell M. Nelson, the new leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, isn't expected to move the church in major new directions, church members and activists said Tuesday. Nelson, 93 — a world-renowned heart surgeon who was president of the Society for Vascular Surgery and of the Utah State Medical Association before he started moving up in the church's leadership — signaled a stay-the-course philosophy when he was announced Tuesday as the successor to President Thomas S   Read More ...
'Major challenges' face repatriation of Rohingya Muslims
2018-01-16 18:00:04 The UN refugee agency has warned ‘major challenges’ must be overcome as a plan is announced to repatriate some 1,500 Rohingya Muslims per week from Bangladesh to Myanmar. The UNHCR says the 'right of refugees to voluntarily return home' is essential, adding that the Rohingya must be informed about the situation in their areas of origin. Grave concern has been expressed by the UK’s International Development Committee   Read More ...
Paisley Adventist Church makes a healthy partnership in Scotland
2018-01-11 12:19:33 An Adventist church planted in one of the most socially deprived communities in Scotland has been seeking premises from which it can be a center of influence. While previous attempts to purchase a property have failed, a recent success will now put Paisley Seventh-day Adventist Church Centre at the front of the local community. Roar-Connections for Life, a charity for the elderly, operates twelve county-wide clubs offering healthy meals, mental and physical exercise and a befriending service   Read More ...
President of Mormon church Thomas S. Monson dead at 90
2018-01-03 16:45:23 Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died late Tuesday at his home in Salt Lake City, the church said in a statement. Monson, 90, had served as president of the Mormon church since 2008. "To the more than 16 million members of the church around the world, President Monson was an example of one who followed Jesus Christ," the statement said   Read More ...
In his message for World Peace Day, the Pope has said the world must not ‘extinguish hope’ in hearts of migrants, refugees
2018-01-01 22:00:07 Pope Francis has offered his reflections for 2018 as he celebrated New Year's Day Mass in St. Peter's Basilica and later greeted some 40,000 people in St. Peter's Squar. The Catholic church designates Januray 1 as World Peace Day, and Pope Francis noted that this year's focus should be on building a peaceful and welcoming world, particularly for refugees and migrants   Read More ...
Christmas Eve Mass: Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity hosts pilgrims
2017-12-25 10:02:31 Fewer people than usual were in the West Bank town this year because of increased tensions between Palestinians and the Israeli army since US President Donal   Read More ...
Diplômé de l'université de Rennes, l'imam controversé de Brest pourra devenir «référent laïcité»
2017-12-23 15:00:13 L'imam controversé, connu pour des prêches radicaux, a été récompensé par un diplôme universitaire à Rennes, lui permettant de devenir «référent laïcité» dans divers domaines professionnels et associatifs. Des commentateurs s'en sont scandalisés. Il a défendu un islam ultraconservateur et souvent considéré comme proche du salafisme : l'imam de Brest Rachid El Jay, connu sous le nom de Rachid Abou Houdeyfa, s'est-il racheté une conduite ? Il vient en tout cas d'être diplômé par l'université de droit à Rennes 1 en «Religions, droit et vie sociale»   Read More ...
2017: Myanmar's Rohingya crackdown, Trump's 'travel ban' and North Korea's missiles
2017-12-22 20:45:19 Myanmar’s all-powerful army launches an offensive in the state of Rakhine in August. It comes in response to an attack by insurgents from the Rohingya Muslim minority. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas flee the brutal crackdown. The United Nations calls the crackdown “textbook ethnic cleansing.” The lucky ones make it to neighbouring Bangladesh. Many lose their lives trying to escape. World leaders discuss how to punish both Myanmar’s army, and the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who had won a Nobel Peace Prize as a champion of democracy   Read More ...
Islamic instant divorce 'not legal' under EU law, says ECJ
2017-12-20 12:36:26 A Syrian-born man who divorced his wife in a Sharia court has been told by Europe's top court that the divorce is not legally valid in Germany, where the former couple now live. The European Court of Justice said EU countries need not legally recognise divorces not granted by a state court. Some Muslims believe a men can end their marriage instantly by saying "talaq" (I divorce you) three times   Read More ...
Outrage spans beyond Middle East as Muslim world protests
2017-12-08 17:45:13 There are more Muslims in Asia than in the Middle East, and some 3,000 Bangladeshis took to the streets of Dhaka to march against the U.S. decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. On leaving the national mosque, they shouted anti-US slogans and burned banners of Trump, as religious leaders rallied the crowd. There were similar scenes in Malaysia. Several thousand protesters joined the chorus of condemnation   Read More ...
Groups exploiting Islam for political purposes should be exposed: European Parliament panel
2017-12-02 03:04:36 CORK, Ireland: The Muslim Brotherhood has done irreparable harm to European’s view of Islam, and the influential group needs to be confronted over its ideas and philosophy by mainstream media and politicians on the continent. That’s one of the major conclusions of a European Parliament panel discussion on Islam earlier this week on the reasons behind the spread of radicalisation of Muslims   Read More ...
EU calls for 'equal rights' for all in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine
2017-11-30 09:45:53 YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar must guarantee “equal rights” for everyone in troubled Rakhine state as talks on repatriation of more than 620,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh gather steam, the new EU ambassador to the country said on Thursday. Kristian Schmidt, who took over the European Union mission in Yangon some two months ago, also called on the administration of Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to “break down barriers” between Buddhist and Muslim communities in Rakhine   Read More ...
Pope Francis fails to mention Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar speech
2017-11-28 15:00:02 Pope Francis has given a speech in Myanmar without specifically mentioning its Muslim Rohingya community. The south-east Asian country has been accused of ethnic cleansing with 620,000 Rohingya fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh since August. Escapees told Save The Children there had been widespread rape, children burnt alive and dams being filled with bodies. The pope said in his address on Tuesday (November 28): “The arduous process of peacebuilding and national reconciliation can only advance through a commitment to justice and respect for human rights   Read More ...
Bitcoin is not compatible with Islam, Turkey's religious authorities say
2017-11-28 13:00:12 Turkey’s top religious body has declared that Bitcoin is not compatible with Islam. The Directorate of Religious Affairs, or Diyanet, a state organisation dealing with religious matters said that because crypto-currencies were open to speculation, they were not appropriate for Muslims to use. “Buying and selling virtual currencies is not compatible with religion at this time because of the fact that their valuation is open to speculation, they can be easily used in illegal activities like money laundering and they are not under the state’s audit and surveillance,” Diyanet said on its website   Read More ...
Europe’s biggest party for Prophet Muhammad’s birthday
2017-11-27 16:26:10 Thousands of Muslims converged in London on Sunday for the biggest procession in Europe to observe the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday. 'Mawlid an Nabi', prophet Muhammad's birthday, falls on the 12th day of the Rabi' al-awwal month in the Islamic calendar. One of the organisers, Hafiz Hasanet Ahmed, invited people of all faiths to join the festivities and, “see how peaceful and what true Muslims are like.” According Ahmed, Walthamstow’s ‘Mawlid an Nabi’ is the biggest of its kind in Europe, with people travelling from all corners of the continent to attend. Like what you see? Please subscribe FOLLOW ON TWITTER:   Read More ...
Pope Francis heads to Myanmar and diplomatic minefield
2017-11-27 13:45:07 Pope Francis left Rome on Sunday (November 26) evening – his next stop Myanmar. Awaiting him in the staunchly Buddhist country, a small but eager Catholic community and a potential diplomatic minefield after the military’s brutal crackdown on Myanmar’s ethnic Rohinga. Catholics make up about 1 percent of the population and pilgrims are heading to Yangon from around the country, hoping to attend mass given by their spiritual leader on Wednesday   Read More ...
UK: Europe’s biggest party for Prophet Muhammad’s birthday
2017-11-26 21:30:54 Thousands of Muslims converged in London on Sunday for the biggest procession in Europe to observe the prophet Muhammad’s birthday. 'Mawlid an Nabi', prophet Muhammad's birthday, falls on the 12th day of the Rabi' al-awwal month in the Islamic calendar. One of the organisers, Hafiz Hasanet Ahmed, invited people of all faiths to join the festivities and, “see how peaceful and what true Muslims are like.” According Ahmed, Walthamstow’s ‘Mawlid an Nabi’ is the biggest of its kind in Europe, with people travelling from all corners of the continent to attend. Video ID: 20171126 029 Video on Demand: http://www.ruptly.tv Contact: cd@ruptly   Read More ...
Myanmar Catholics prepare for Pope Francis visit
2017-11-26 16:45:16 Churches in Myanmar's capital, Yangon, are preparing for the arrival of Pope Francis who is due to arrive there on Monday 27th November. Dozens of Catholic devotees have been camped out at Churches like Saint Anthony's in Yangon with many people having taken a 48-hour train journey from Kachin State. One of them, U Khun Aung, talked of his hopes. "I think the Pope could lead us to peace or give us advice about the religious tensions   Read More ...
A Reformation Event Reminds Us That Jesus Is Coming Soon
2017-11-25 12:14:13 Although we do not want to be perceived as alarmists, it is obvious that we are living in the last days of Earth’s history. A special service took place in London during commemorations for the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation around the world — and it strikingly points to the prophetic times in which we are living. Leading clergy from various faiths gathered at the Church of England’s Westminster Abbey on Oct   Read More ...
Myanmar and Bangladesh sign agreement on repatriation of Rohingya refugees
2017-11-23 10:00:09 Myanmar has signed sign an accord over terms for the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh. Rights groups have accused the military in mostly Buddhist Myanmar of carrying out mass rape and other atrocities during a counter-insurgency operation launched in late August in retaliation for attacks by Rohingya militants in Rakhine State. On Wednesday, the United States said the military operation that drove 620,000 Rohingya to seek sanctuary in neighboring, largely Muslim Bangladesh, amounted to “ethnic cleansing”, echoing an accusation first leveled by top U   Read More ...
USA calls Myanmar action against Rohingya 'ethnic cleansing'
2017-11-22 20:00:10 The United States on Wednesday joined the United Nations in condemning the Myanmar military operation against Rohingya Muslims as “ethnic cleansing.” US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also threatened targeted sanctions against those responsible for what he described as “horrendous atrocities” in the southeast Asian country. More than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Buddhist majority Myanmar and sought refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh since a military crackdown in August   Read More ...
The poor are our "passport to paradise" Pope declares
2017-11-19 16:00:05 Helping the needy and neglected is one way of obtaining a “passport to paradise, Pope Francis has said. Celebrating Sunday mass, the head of the Catholic Church marked “World Day for the Poor”, by inviting homeless and unemployed people as guests of honour to the Vatican. “There, in the poor, we find the presence of Jesus, who, though rich, became poor   Read More ...
Ground-breaking expansion for the new LifeStyleTV studio for Scandinavia
2017-11-15 12:20:09 LifeStyleTV, a privately-owned television station based in Sweden, broke ground on November 5 to start the development of a brand-new television studio. Claus Nybo, the founder and director of the station, sees this as another miracle in the life of the station that has been airing Seventh-day Adventist programming 24/7 since January 2006. With all the necessary building permits in hand, this is the beginning of a new and important chapter in the history of the station   Read More ...
Ex-Trump aide Flynn rejects 'kidnap cleric plot' reports
2017-11-11 08:45:07 The lawyer for former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn has branded as “outrageous” and “false” media reports suggesting that his client may have been involved in an alleged plan to seize a Muslim cleric and deliver him to Turkey in exchange for millions of dollars. Fethullah Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, is accused by Turkey’s government of orchestrating last year’s failed coup there   Read More ...
UN warns Rohingya children at risk from child traffickers
2017-11-08 18:03:02 There are fresh fears over the safety of Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar over the past two months. Child traffickers are known to be roaming refugee camps in Bangladesh looking for easy prey as thousands of infants remain separated from their parents. At the Kutupalong camp Noor Alom has set up a makeshift registration booth to help adults identify lost children. I spoke to children and families who fled violence in and now need our help. This crisis is a children'… READ MORE : What are the top stories today? Click to watch: euronews: the most watched news channel   Read More ...