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A funny thing about being a priest

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When American Jesuit Jake Martin entered the novitiate in 2004, he thought he would have to set aside being a comedian. ‘I am holy now or whatever’, he says with a laugh. He did not actively pursue gigs, yet found himself being given opportunities to perform. It felt like affirmation. ‘I’ve done this long enough [...]


Is the Internet killing religion?

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We can blame the Internet for plenty: the proliferation of porn, our obsession with cat videos, the alleged rise of teen trends like – brace yourself – eyeball licking. But is it also a culprit in helping us lose our religion? A new study suggests it might be. Allen Downey, a computer scientist at Olin [...]


Christian and atheist exchange lives in ‘faith swap’ experiment

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The best way to get to understand a person is to walk a mile in their shoes — or perhaps to exchange their religious beliefs for a whole month. That’s the premise behind the Faith Swap experiment organized by Premier Christian Radio, which follows the journey of committed Christian Bentley Browning and his atheist friend Simon Capes who are [...]


On relics and their relevance to faith

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Don Bosco’s corpse has arrived in Milan after travelling to 130 countries across five continents and the public was enraged over the theft of a piece of cloth that is soaked in John Paul II’s blood. The cult of relics knows no crisis and relic worship is thriving and so is the relic market on [...]


Religious discord threatens a pluralist future for Malaysia

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Malaysian conservatives are flexing their muscles in what analysts call a high-stakes fight for control of the powerful ruling party that is endangering reform and delicate race relations. Since elections last May that stung the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the government has moved rightward, mothballing a reform drive launched by Prime Minister Najib Razak. [...]


Is it truly un-Islamic to respect Christmas?

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Together, Muslims and Christians constitute over 95 percent of Indonesia’s population. If they do not live in harmony then the country is in huge trouble. Despite the media hyperbole, the overwhelming majority of Indonesian Muslims and Christians do live in peace, but the increasingly visible cases of discrimination, including the sealing of several churches, is [...]


Global war on Christians? It’s a myth

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“From Boston to Zanzibar, there’s a worldwide war on Christianity,” claimed United States senator and likely presidential candidate Rand Paul in his speech at the recent Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC. One of the founding fathers of the Tea Party, Paul went on to denounce the Obama administration for supporting the Syrian opposition saying: “We [...]


Pope says atheists can be moral like Catholics

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Pope Francis on Wednesday said atheists could take moral decisions just like religious people, in an unprecedented letter to a leftwing Italian daily—his latest attempt to reach out to non-believers. “God’s mercy has no limits if we turn to Him with a sincere and contrite heart,” the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics said [...]


Do Christians, Muslims and Jews worship the same God?

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Sunni and Shia Muslims are killing each other in several nations, most notably in Syria’s escalating civil war. Coptic Christians churches are being torched in Egypt. In Israel, what passes for peace talks has restarted after years of murder and brutality. Religion is a common thread in each conflict. But why? Don’t these folks worship the [...]


New study says too much religion is bad for economies

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Too much religion can harm a society’s economy by undermining the drive for financial success, according to a new study in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. The study of almost 190,000 people from 11 religiously diverse cultures is raising eyebrows among some of England’s religious leaders for suggesting Judaism and Christianity have anti-wealth [...]


Philippines Church tries to stem the exodus

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Born into a big Catholic family, Jason Morales says he was “enlightened” by the Mormons when he was 17 years old. He grew up in Tacloban in the central province of Leyte, the home of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, where poverty rates rank among the lowest in the Philippines. But Morales lived in a neighborhood [...]


Can one be good without God?

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A constant refrain within recent atheistic rhetoric has been that one can be “good without God.” The nineteenth century Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, whose birth 200 years ago is being celebrated in scholarly communities around the world this year, would certainly have been interested in this discussion. Debate about the meaning and significance of Kierkegaard’s [...]


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    Said FrSeanCoyle on 2013-10-09 16:05:00
  2. Here is what Pope Benedict said to the bishops of Switzerland on November 9, 200...
    Said FrSeanCoyle on 2013-10-09 16:02:00
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    Said joy on 2013-07-17 20:03:00
  4. a woman who agree this RH bill has no heart. God forgive her she do'nt know what...
    Said joy on 2013-07-17 20:02:00
  5. It is very hard to trust a muslim. They worship a false god and will break the ...
    Said on 2013-07-17 12:23:00
  6. Assuredly, thus said the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY YISRAEL to Roman Christian Catholic B...
    Said Angel Santie on 2013-06-28 19:39:00
  7. God let man or as we say permit man to create this way of comunication, why we w...
    Said joy on 2013-06-26 20:46:00
  8. Pray for the victims of clergy sexual abuse....
    Said on 2013-06-06 08:01:00
  9. 'Activist priest Robert Reyes is in the minority among the clergy when it comes ...
    Said on 2013-04-24 15:04:00
  10. 90-year-old Fr Emmanuel Non SJ had a letter in last Monday's Philippine Daily In...
    Said on 2013-04-18 10:41:00
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