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Q&A: What’s going to happen next at the Vatican?

Q&A: What’s going to happen next at the Vatican?

A host of questions remain following Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to step down. So what happens next at the Vatican? Religion News Service created a primer on what happens next before the selection of a new pope.

France Divided Over Gay Marriage Debate

France Divided Over Gay Marriage Debate

France soon will follow more than half a dozen European countries in recognizing gay marriage. The lower house of parliament approved the legislation on Tuesday. Passage by the Senate is not in doubt, since the governing Socialists, who are pro-gay marriage, control parliament.

Birth Control Mandate: Systematic Disrepect Toward Religion?

Birth Control Mandate: Systematic Disrepect Toward Religion?

Many of the legal pleadings construct a narrative of a government orchestrated disregard for individuals and groups that can’t provide insurance coverage for contraceptives without going against their religious beliefs.

President Obama to Talk About His Faith at Prayer Breakfast

President Obama to Talk About His Faith at Prayer Breakfast

President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at the annual National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday. It’s a chance for influential Americans and foreign dignitaries to hear the president talk about his faith, as he did last year. It is also one of a number of controversial events with religious overtones on Washington’s political calendar.

US: Bible Studies are Breaking Out Across the Country

US: Bible Studies are Breaking Out Across the Country

Barna Research just released a study highlighting the most Bible-minded and least Bible-minded cities in the United States.

Religion May Play More of a Role for America’s Baby Boomer Generation

Religion May Play More of a Role for America’s Baby Boomer Generation

A Gallup pollster predicts that religion will have a more prominent place in American society as a new generation of seniors hits retirement age in the next 20 years. His reasoning: history shows that as people age, they become more religious.

US: Evangelical Concern about Religious Freedom

US: Evangelical Concern about Religious Freedom

Half of Americans believe their freedom to practice their religious beliefs will be more restricted in the near future, according to a new poll that found Christians to be the most concerned about their religious liberty.

French Troops in Mali Ahead of Ground Assault

French Troops in Mali Ahead of Ground Assault

Anne Look, VOA News, Jan. 15, 2013: BAMAKO, MALI — French forces are preparing for a possible ground assault in Mali against al-Qaida-linked rebels who have continued to push south despite five days of French aerial bombardments. Paris has put 800 soldiers on the ground in Mali since it began its rapid deployment Friday at the […]

Political Leader Takes Stand for Christians in Pakistan

Political Leader Takes Stand for Christians in Pakistan

By VOMTC, Jan. 12, 2013: While minorities, particularly Christians, are deliberately oppressed in Pakistan, an emerging political leader is bringing greater awareness of the need for positive change in this regard. (Go to the Pakistan Country Report for more about the treatment of believers.) Albert David, Chairman of the Pakistan United Christian Movement (PUCM) launched his new […]

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