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Vatican to debate teachings on divorce, birth control, gay unions

  Contraception, cohabitation, divorce, remarriage and same-sex unions: They’re issues that pain and puzzle Roman Catholics who want to be true to both their church and themselves. Now those issues are about to be put up for debate by their … Continue reading

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Hindu nationalism takes driver’s seat in Indian election

  MUMBAI — His face is everywhere in this coastal city of more than 12 million, India’s commercial capital and the home of Bollywood. His chosen hue is saffron, Hinduism’s most sacred color which is splashed on the glitzy billboards … Continue reading

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Secularism on the decline in France

  PARIS — When 34 percent of surveyed voters admit they agree with the ideas of a political movement that is protectionist, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim and anti-Euro, France has a problem. France’s far-right political party, Front National, has surged in popularity … Continue reading

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Marianne Williamson and Me

Marianne Williamson had me at hello. That jumble of first impressions—her reined-in frustration (I’d forgotten to tell her where my classroom was) fading into an I-found-you relief followed by resolute eye contact, a strong handshake and a flash of acceptance—yes, … Continue reading

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Women Take the Wheel in Saudi Arabia

In this week’s issue of the New Yorker, Katherine Zoepf writes about an emerging women’s revolution in Saudi Arabia. Yesterday, we posted a slide show focussing on the inroads that women have made in the workforce, particularly in the retail sector, in a … Continue reading

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It’s Salafist vs. Salafist in Syria’s civil war

DAMASCUS — Some extremist Sunni clerics help foment sectarian violence in Syria, one indication of how a popular uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s government became a civil war. Both sides use religion to justify their grab for power. Egyptian Imam Sheikh Yusuf … Continue reading

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Syrian Christians Battered by Extremist Rebels

Fighting between government troops and rebels continues in Syria. Christian areas of Damascus are under attack from rebel mortars, and tens of thousands of Christians have fled the country. Correspondent Reese Erlich filed this story for CBS Radio News from … Continue reading

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Putting religious differences aside, Tanzanians craft new constitution

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania – Political divisions in this East African nation are so profound that to achieve some sort of unity may, paradoxically, require dividing the country even further—into as many as three governments within a single state. That’s the proposal … Continue reading

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Spanish court issues arrest warrant against former Chinese president over Tibet

Spain’s relations with China are about to suffer a world of hurt. On Tuesday, a Spanish court issued an arrest warrant for five Chinese ex officials, including China’s former president Jiang Zemin, 87, on claims of genocide against the Tibetan … Continue reading

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Belfast City Official Responds to Youth Discontent

On the River Lagan in Northern Ireland lies Belfast, a city divided by religion and politics dating from the time referred to as “The Troubles.” Although the bloody conflict between Catholics and Protestants ended 15 years ago, political tension stills … Continue reading

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