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10:17pm(11/27) TOPIX RELIGION - Church's backlash blocks change in religion classes : The Catholic Church has stymied plans for the first ever State curriculum in world religions and ethics for primary schools. The Catholic Church has stymied plans for the first ever State curriculum in world religions and ethics for primary schools. www.topix.com
06:28pm(11/27) TOPIX RELIGION - More revelations about life in Bountiful expected at polygamy trial : It promises to be a week of revelations as the trial resumes Monday of three parents alleged to have taken their daughters from the secretive, fundamentalist Mormon community in Bountiful, B.C. to the United States to become child brides, plural wives and teen mothers. Brandon James Blackmore and Emily Gail Blackmore are charged with taking their 13-year-old daughter to Colorado City, Arizona, in March 2004 to marry Warren Jeffs, the prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. www.topix.com
02:12pm(11/27) TOPIX RELIGION - Leaving Bali, you'll find magic in Java : Humans or homanids have been on Java since "Java Man", a Homo erectus who lived here about a million years ago. No wonder the culture of Indonesia's most populous island is as rich as its volcanic soil. www.topix.com
10:14am(11/27) TOPIX RELIGION - Armed men in police uniforms free five in India jailbreak New Delhi... : At least 10 armed men disguised as policemen attacked a high security prison Sunday and freed a top Sikh militant commander and four others in India's Punjab state, officials said. The attackers travelled in cars and stormed Nabha Jail after stabbing a guard at the main gate and firing rounds of live ammunition before fleeing with the inmates. www.topix.com
06:08am(11/27) TOPIX RELIGION - After Fidel Castro's Death, Can Cuba's Resilient Jews Survive - or Even Thrive? : Fidel Castro has died at age 90. The former Cuban strongman was nothing if not a controversial figure - a socialist hero to some, a heartless dictator to many others. His relationship to the island's small Jewish community - now just 1,500, down from a peak of 15,000 - was also far from clear-cut. www.topix.com
02:08am(11/27) TOPIX RELIGION - Upset Hindu community seeks apology for trivialising Hindu god in TV series 'The Flash' : Upset Hindus are seeking apology from The CW Network, a joint venture of Warner Bros. and CBS Corporation, for unnecessarily dragging the name of Hindu deity Savitr as a villain in the hit action television series "The Flash". www.topix.com
09:58pm(11/26) TOPIX RELIGION - Archbishop wanted controversial priest Father John Walshe to resign 'weeks ago' : Catholic Archbishop Denis Hart called for Father John Walshe's resignation long before the controversial priest stepped down, a spokesman for the Melbourne archdiocese has confirmed. Archbishop Hart had for weeks been pressuring Father Walshe to resign from his position as Mentone-Parkdale parish priest due to a "lack of unity in the parish", archdiocese spokesman Shane Healy said. www.topix.com
05:48pm(11/26) TOPIX RELIGION - Louisville priest who ran summer camp faces sex abuse trial : A Louisville priest is going on trial on sexual abuse charges nearly 15 years after allegations surfaced from a man who said the priest molested him at a Catholic summer camp in the 1970s. The Rev. www.topix.com
01:42pm(11/26) TOPIX RELIGION - Rubbing salt into the wound for abuse victims : When I think things cannot get worse for my institutional child sexual abuse clients - wham! - another round of trickery is thrust at already vulnerable victims by the highly legalistic and parsimonious hierarchy of the Catholic Church. Whilst feigning compassion, this hierarchy is nervously propelling unknown millions of dollars at lawyers to help them defend the indefensible and to conceal the truth. www.topix.com
09:30am(11/26) TOPIX RELIGION - New Catholic app is good for the soul For Catholics of a certain age, ... : For Catholics of a certain age, absolution was a weekly ritual. Confessing one's sins in the privacy of a dark cubicle is a tradition of the religion that exists to this day. www.topix.com
05:07am(11/26) TOPIX RELIGION - Calls to amend Quebec Civil Code mount in wake of Jehovah's Witness death : Dupuis's refusal of an emergency blood transfusion to treat a hemorrhage led her aunt, Manon Boyer, to call for changes to the law that would allow staff at Quebec hospitals to administer life-saving treatment in such circumstances. Transfusions are prohibited under Jehovah's Witness doctrine, and all adherents are expected to sign a card declaring their refusal of blood in medical emergencies. www.topix.com
01:09am(11/26) TOPIX RELIGION - Cuba's Fidel Castro, who defied US for 50 years, has died : Former President Fidel Castro, who led a rebel army to victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half century rule, has died at age 90. With a shaking voice, President Raul Castro said on state television that his older brother died at 10:29 p.m. Friday. He ended the announcement by shouting the revolutionary slogan: "Toward victory, always!" Castro's reign over the island-nation 90 miles from Florida was marked by the U.S.-backed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 and the Cuban Missile Crisis a year later that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. www.topix.com
09:07pm(11/25) TOPIX RELIGION - Your Religion News: Nov. 26, 2016 : Most Reverend Mitchell T. Rozanski, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, will close out the Year of Mercy on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m., at the Holy Family Parish, 29 Sugarloaf St., South Deerfield. www.topix.com
04:54pm(11/25) TOPIX RELIGION - From the Bamiyan Buddhas to Palmyra: Why do religious extremists attack art? : Jihadists from the Islamic State group have destroyed ancient sites and museum pieces in Syria and Iraq in the last two years but that is just the latest example of extremists attacking religious buildings or art. Historian Francois Boespflug, a French former Catholic priest, tells AFP about the roots of attacks against images that the perpetrators consider to be blasphemous or idol worship. www.topix.com
12:31pm(11/25) TOPIX RELIGION - Former Ottawa priest charged in historical sexual assault case : William Barry McGrory, 82, of Toronto is charged with two counts of indecent assault on a male and two counts of gross indecency, as per Criminal Code charges existing at the time of the offences. Ottawa police said investigators received a complaint in September and commenced an investigation into allegations of a sexual assault, in Ottawa in the late 1960s, involving a priest with the Archdiocese of Ottawa. www.topix.com
10:19am(11/25) TOPIX RELIGION - US Jewish musicians offer up songs of hope to buoy post-election spirits : Within 72 hours after the 2016 US presidential elections, two Jewish friends decided to compile a musical balm for the disappointment and anguish they were experiencing. Self-described as soul brothers, this pair of rabbis culled more than two dozen songs from musical colleagues across the country in just six days. www.topix.com
06:00am(11/25) TOPIX RELIGION - MTC missionaries spend Thanksgiving packing meals for the hungry : But Sister Harris, who will leave the Missionary Training Center to serve a mission in Riverside, California for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was in high spirits, her hair tucked beneath a red hair net as she scooped lentils into a plastic bag. Around her, about 1,500 other missionaries bustled about at the MTC, spending their Thanksgiving afternoon preparing more than 350,000 meal packs for Utah children in need. www.topix.com