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Secularism is not atheism. A new book explains why the distinction is so critical.

Secularism is not atheism. A new book explains why the distinction is so critical.

(RNS) — At its core, secularism is an approach to governance, writes Jacques Berlinerblau in his new book ‘Secularism: The Basics.’ And critically, it is one many religious people, not just atheists and agnostics, support. The post Secularism is not atheism. A new book explains why the distinction is so critical. appeared first on Religion News…

Turkey, Qatar Reach Tentative Deal on Kabul Airport Security

Turkey, Qatar Reach Tentative Deal on Kabul Airport Security

01/25/2022 Afghanistan (International Christian Concern) – Turkey and Qatar reportedly have reached an agreement on the security of the Kabul international airport, should they be awarded the responsibility following continued talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan. Turkey and Qatar have positioned themselves strategically, leading up to and after the fall of Afghanistan in August 2021, to…

One Person Killed by DR Congo Police During “State of Siege” Protests

One Person Killed by DR Congo Police During “State of Siege” Protests

Local Population Calls for Increased Security Measures 01/25/2022 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – On January 24 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), one person was fatally shot by police and several others were arrested in Beni town while protesting the “state of siege” declared by President Felix Tshisekedi in May 2021. A…

Boko Haram Terrorists Abduct 17 Girls, Kill “Many Christians”, and Burn Down Two Churches in Single Attack

Boko Haram Terrorists Abduct 17 Girls, Kill “Many Christians”, and Burn Down Two Churches in Single Attack

01/25/2022 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Boko Haram terrorists abducted 17 girls in the Chibok area of Borno state on Thursday, January 20th. The ISIS affiliated group made a statement on Friday claiming responsibility for the attack, adding that they killed ‘many Christians’, set fire to two churches, and burned down two homes. Eyewitness and local leader…

ERCC Member Taken Away from Rented Apartment

ERCC Member Taken Away from Rented Apartment

01/24/2022 China (International Christian Concern) – A member from the Chengdu-based Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC) was taken away by the place when he returned to his rented apartment with his landlord. Jia Xuewei, a member of ERCC house church, has been monitored and repeatedly harassed by the local authorities in Chengdu. He has been…

Former pope was at meeting where pedophile priest discussed

Former pope was at meeting where pedophile priest discussed

BERLIN (AP) — Retired Pope Benedict XVI has acknowledged that he did attend a 1980 meeting at which the transfer of a pedophile priest to his then-diocese was discussed, saying an editorial error was responsible for his previous assertion that he wasn’t there. Authors of a report on sexual abuse between 1945 and 2019 in…

Kyrgyzstan Continues Persecution of Christians, despite Human Rights Obligations

Kyrgyzstan Continues Persecution of Christians, despite Human Rights Obligations

January 20, 2022 (International Christian Concern) – Forum 18 recently released a religious freedom survey outlining Kyrgyzstan’s human rights violations. Kyrgyzstan’s new constitution was approved on 11 April 2021, to the detriment of Christians’ individual freedoms. Several of the provisions in this new constitution directly violate human rights standards. Human Rights Watch published its World…

US-Led Coalition Enters Fifth Day Fighting ISIS in Syria Prison Attack

US-Led Coalition Enters Fifth Day Fighting ISIS in Syria Prison Attack

01/24/2021 Syria (International Christian Concern) – Today, U.S. forces enter their fifth day of fighting ISIS insurgents amidst a prison uprising in northeast Syria. U.S. troops are supporting Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as part of the U.S.-led coalition to defeat ISIS, which remains in the region to support the SDF’s efforts curbing a reemergence of…

2 priests, 2 lay people beatified in El Salvador

2 priests, 2 lay people beatified in El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Pope Francis’ envoy, Cardinal Gregorio Rosa Chávez, called the four models an example to all. The post 2 priests, 2 lay people beatified in El Salvador appeared first on Religion News Service.

Germany: 125 queer Catholic Church employees demand respect

Germany: 125 queer Catholic Church employees demand respect

BERLIN (AP) — The group — including priests, religion teachers and administrative employees — publicly outed themselves, saying they want to live without fear. The post Germany: 125 queer Catholic Church employees demand respect appeared first on Religion News Service.