Fri, 17 Aug 2018
The Vatican has expressed "shame and sorrow" over revelations that Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania sexually abused about 1,000 people over seven decades.
The former Irish President Mary McAleese has called on Pope Francis to use his presence at the World Meeting of Families to change the Roman Catholic Church's teaching on homosexuality and include LGBT families at the meeting.
A Muslim woman in Sweden who said she was discriminated against in a job interview for refusing to shake hands on religious grounds has been awarded financial compensation by a labor court.
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A recording that has been found purporting to be of an imam at a Manchester mosque calling for jihad 10 days before the Manchester Arena bomber bought his ticket.
Footage has emerged of the moment a Muslim woman appears to challenge a cleric who ordered her to dress more modestly despite the fact already she's wearing a veil.
Guardian readers respond to recent articles on burqa bans and Boris Johnson.
‘Successive policy decisions’ blamed for significant drop in students taking A-levels in religious studies
Religious education bodies have expressed deep concern over a 20 per cent drop in the number of students taking A-levels in religious studies in the UK.
British parents want RE removed from curriculum to be replaced by lessons in finance and healthy living
A new poll suggests that parents think financial literacy is more important to their children than religious literacy.
The Dutch council of state has ruled that Pastafarianism is not a religion, denying a follower of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster the right to wear a colander on her head in her passport and driving licence photo.
A Christian university in Canada has abandoned a rule forcing all law students to agree not to have gay sex after the Supreme Court ruled against the school.
Churches in China have said that they are "willing to attach any price to the Christian faith", in a joint declaration following a recent crackdown on Christianity in Communist China.
Thu, 16 Aug 2018
Scottish women will still be allowed to take abortion pills at home after a legal challenge against the move was thrown out.
Charles will take defender of the faith and supreme governor titles, suggests former royal spokesperson
The queen's former spokesperson Dickie Arbiter has suggested Prince Charles may not take the title 'King Charles' when he ascends to the throne. Arbiter appeared to suggest Charles would take the titles 'defender of the faith' and 'supreme governor of the Church of England'.
One of Britain's top authors has suggested "political motivations" are fuelling the debate over the burka and said "the courts and the state should take no views on the existence of God".
The Whittington Hospital in north London has apologised for selling non-halal chicken in its canteen.
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A Scottish scholar has set up a new think tank in an attempt to reverse "Muslim social self-exclusion" and ensure greater integration for the community in the UK.
Bishops and other leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania covered up child sexual abuse by more than 300 priests over a period of 70 years, persuading victims not to report the abuse and law enforcement not to investigate it, according to a grand jury in the US.
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The Vatican has declined to respond to an explosive grand jury report detailing decades of sexual abuse and cover-ups by priests and bishops in Pennsylvania, refusing even to say whether church officials in Rome have read the damaging documents.
A UN committee scrutinising Ireland's record on torture is unlikely to accept the state's refusal of a fresh inquiry into abuse at Catholic-run Magdalene laundries.
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As Ireland prepares for a papal visit, Arthur Beesley reports on a Catholic Church in crisis.
Human rights activists have called on Malaysian authorities to review a religious court decision sentencing two women to six strokes for having sex.
A teenager who was raped by her brother received a six-month prison sentence in Indonesia. In response teachers say they prefer to turn to Islam for guidance than to introduce sex education.
Wed, 15 Aug 2018
Survivors of abuse perpetrated by the former Christian charity leader John Smyth have criticised Christian group the Titus Trust for failing to help bring him to justice.
The man being held on suspicion of terrorism after the Westminster car crash has been named as Salih Khater by government sources.
A photo has emerged of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn apparently making a salute popularised by the Muslim Brotherhood. Corbyn's spokesperson said the salute was a gesture of solidarity with victims of a 2013 massacre in Egypt.
Jo Bartosch says failing to see the sexism behind the veil is cowardly and careless racism.
Petitioners have called for a chaplain who opposed same-sex marriage equality and made anti-gay remarks to be dismissed from a school in Angus. The school and council have said there are no planned changes to their chaplaincy staff in response.
A new grand jury report says that internal documents from six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania show that more than 300 "predator priests" have been credibly accused of sexually abusing more than 1,000 child victims.
Chilean authorities have raided the headquarters of the Catholic Church's episcopal conference as part of a widespread investigation into sexual abuse committed by members of a global religious order, prosecutors have said.
Islamic State still has as many as 30,000 members in Syria and Iraq - a far higher number than previously estimated, a United Nations report has found.
Claudia Piñeiro says the abortion debate in Argentina should be about public health rather than religion, and those who voted against the legalisation last week will not halt progress.
A member of a UN human rights committee has raised concerns that China's Xinjiang region has been turned into "something resembling a massive internment camp". China has denied the claims.
Ralph Leonard says those of us who care about liberty, equality and human dignity must stand up to the anti-Muslim prejudice facing the Uighurs and others.
An Australian senator has been widely condemned for a speech that invoked the term "final solution" in a call for immigration restrictions based on race. Fraser Anning called for migration bans on Muslims and others in his maiden Senate speech on Tuesday.
Tue, 14 Aug 2018
An adjudicator has ruled that a Jewish girls' state school has not breached the admissions code by requiring families not to wear denim, leather or lycra, or have access to the internet or television. The NSS's education and schools officer Alastair Lichten has responded to the decision.
One of the victims of a Christian evangelist, who was brutally abused as a teenager, has called for an independent inquiry and accused the Church of England of "marking its own exams".
A number of people have been injured after a car crashed into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament. Police do not believe anybody is in a life-threatening condition. Scotland Yard cannot say if the incident is related to terrorism at this stage but a number of eye witnesses have said the car appeared to hit members of the public deliberately.
Scotland is becoming increasingly indifferent to religion, with the vast majority of young people describing themselves as not having any faith, according to research published on Tuesday.
Gavin Mortimer says those who believe in freedom should not be cowed into submission amid the row over Boris Johnson's remarks on the burka.
Iram Ramzan says it is important to challenge the preaching of modesty codes for women, but we are in danger of fostering an atmosphere where the silent Muslim majority dare not voice their concerns.
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Non-religious ceremonies are now the most popular type of wedding in Scotland.
A former Catholic archbishop will serve a maximum 12-month sentence in home detention for concealing child sexual abuse, an Australian court has ruled. The decision means Philip Wilson, who resigned as archbishop of Adelaide after his conviction, will avoid jail.
One in six hospital patients in the United States is now treated in a Catholic facility, according to the Catholic Health Association. Most of these hospitals provide little or no information up front about procedures they won't perform.
The New York Times
Danish health minister Ellen Trane Norby on Sunday said that the Danish government would work to combat a bill proposing to ban infant circumcision in the country.
Tunisia's president on Monday proposed giving women equal inheritance rights in the latest sign that the country could embrace secular law.
An American advert showing a Muslim girl wearing a headscarf has prompted an outcry in France and been deemed an affront to the nation's secularist principles.
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Mon, 13 Aug 2018
A former senior member of a Christian charity suspected of physically abusing boys who attended Christian summer camps has died without answering the allegations against him.
Campaigners calling for buffer zones to prevent harassment and abuse of women accessing abortion centres are expecting a Home Office announcement within weeks.
Lawyers representing child abuse survivors have called for the environment secretary, Michael Gove, to be called before a public inquiry over an allegation he intervened in a sexual abuse investigation into a priest.
A deputy head teacher who said that gay people should be eradicated has lost his latest attempt to get his job back.
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