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'This Is My Iran'
Originally Posted: 05/22/2015 - 1:13pm | Type: Blog

Iran has been plagued by men of certainty — men who have been so certain about their ideologies and their views. Shirin is a woman of uncertainty who continues to question Iran’s politics and ideology. ...

One Year After Meriam Ibrahim’s Release, Two Christians Face Possible Death Penalty in Sudan
Originally Posted: 05/20/2015 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

The clerics are charged with waging a war against the state and assault on religious belief. Last year, a death penalty sentence slapped on a Sudanese doctor for refusing to renou ...

Who Are the Rohingyas and Why Are They Fleeing Myanmar?
Originally Posted: 05/20/2015 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

The Rohingya people are a predominantly Muslim ethnic minority group. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims live in squalor in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State. That number has ...

Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle Boosts His Profile Again with Charity Post
Originally Posted: 05/15/2015 - 3:23pm | Type: Blog

Caritas Internationalis, the global Catholic charitable organization, has elected Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle as its new president. Caritas Internationalis, the global Catholic ch ...

Italians Help Flood of Refugees in Pope Francis' Vision of a 'Church for the Poor'
Originally Posted: 05/14/2015 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

So far this year, an estimated 34,000 people are thought to have arrived in Italy by sea. Sitting outside the central train station here in eastern Sicily, a 16-year-old who would ...

World Vision Suspends Operations in South Sudan State over Escalating Violence
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 4:44pm | Type: Blog

International evangelical humanitarian agency World Vision indefinitely suspended its operations in South Sudan’s Unity State over the escalating conflict. Amid killings, rapes an ...

New Palestinian Saints Highlight Region’s Beleaguered Christians
Originally Posted: 05/11/2015 - 4:35pm | Type: Blog

The coming canonizations have been described by the Latin patriarch of Jerusalem, Fouad Twal, as a “sign of hope” for the region. Pope Francis will bestow sainthood on two Palesti ...

A Mama Knows Best, So Let’s Let Her Decide
Originally Posted: 05/11/2015 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

Not every mother gets the chance to do what she knows is best for herself and her family. A mama knows the difference between a playful coo and a hungry whimper, or between a real ...

Evangelicals Want to Follow the Global South on Gays. They Should Be Careful What They Ask For
Originally Posted: 05/11/2015 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

If religious conservatives are truly awakening to the need to dialogue with global Christians, they need to be consistent. In a closed-door meeting with Christian leaders last ye ...

Divest from Occupation: 'We Think Israel Can Do Better'
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 1:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice Church bodies in the U.S. are removing financhial support for the occupation of Palestinian territory—but some Jewish groups sti ...

Divest from Terrorism: The Achilles' Heel of Terror
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 1:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Tackling their finances is perhaps the most effective way of restricting terrorist groups.  ...

Liberia’s United Methodists Keep Ban on Divorced Clergy Becoming Bishops
Originally Posted: 05/07/2015 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

The church’s leaders say the ban brings moral credibility to the office and guides the conduct of those who want to be bishop. In the United States, United Methodists are fighting ...

Muslim Kosovars Rediscover Their Long-Forgotten Roman Catholic Roots
Originally Posted: 05/06/2015 - 5:13pm | Type: Blog

Under the Ottoman Empire, which ruled Kosovo from the early 15th century until 1912, most Albanian Kosovars converted to Islam. The Catholic priest followed the village elders up ...

How Fear and Ignorance Keep Working
Originally Posted: 05/06/2015 - 11:15am | Type: Blog

How did fear of federal government takeover grip Texas to the point that the governor himself would take official action? I had to check my calendar to make sure I wasn’t a month ...

5 Takeaways from the New Report by U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 05/05/2015 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

The independent watchdog panel created by Congress to monitor religious freedom conditions worldwide issued its 16th annual report last week. The independent watchdog panel create ...

Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Texas Attack
Originally Posted: 05/05/2015 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

A statement read in a bulletin on the group’s Al Bayan radio station said “two soldiers of the caliphate” carried out Sunday’s attack. The Islamic State claimed responsibility May ...

Local Efforts to Rebuild Nepal — And How You Can Help
Originally Posted: 05/04/2015 - 9:07am | Type: Blog

In the wake of the earthquake, channeling local knowledge and communal trust to rebuild communities. Lokesh Todi, born and raised in Kathmandu, moved home to Nepal nine months ag ...

Understanding the Religious Sites that Were Lost or Damaged in the Nepal Quake
Originally Posted: 04/29/2015 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

What religious buildings were damaged, and which ones are gone? What religious significance did these buildings have and to whom? In one minute, the April 25 earthquake in Nepal t ...

Islamic State’s Sophisticated Recruiting Campaign Poses Persistent Threat in U.S.
Originally Posted: 04/27/2015 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

The campaign is finding resonance from urban metros to the American heartland. The arrests of six Minnesota men accused earlier this month of attempting to join the Islamic State ...

On Eve of Anniversary, Turkey’s ‘Cultural Genocide’ of Armenian History Is Ongoing
Originally Posted: 04/23/2015 - 7:27pm | Type: Blog

Sayan, whose grandparents survived the genocide. On April 24, Armenians worldwide will commemorate 100 ...

World Bank Launches Interfaith Push to Eliminate Extreme Poverty
Originally Posted: 04/22/2015 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

The World Bank is teaming up with global religious leaders in a 15-year effort to end extreme poverty by 2030. The World Bank is teaming up with global religious leaders in a 15- ...

Pope Francis to Visit Cuba Before U.S. Trip
Originally Posted: 04/22/2015 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis will visit Cuba before arriving in the United States in September, the Vatican said April 22. Pope Francis will visit Cuba before arriving in the United States in Se ...

Women of the Wall Pluck Torah Scroll Across Partition to Women’s Section
Originally Posted: 04/22/2015 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

For the first time in its 26-year history, the feminist prayer group Women of the Wall managed to read from a full-sized Torah scroll April 20 after one of its members surreptitiously borrowed one from the Wes ...

Catholic Bishops, Nuns Voice Support For Obama’s Iran Deal, Ask Congress To Back Off
Originally Posted: 04/20/2015 - 2:54pm | Type: Press

April 15, 2015 Sojo in the News Jack Jenkins ...

Christian Leaders Call for US Statesmen's Sincerity in N. Talks with Iran
Originally Posted: 04/20/2015 - 2:31pm | Type: Press

April 16, 2015 Sojo in the News Fars News Agency ...

Christian Leaders Voice Support for Iran Framework Agreement
Originally Posted: 04/20/2015 - 1:59pm | Type: Press

April 16, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Report Counts Sharp Spike in Global Anti-Semitism
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 6:18pm | Type: Blog

The number of violent anti-Semitic attacks around the world surged nearly 40 percent last year. The number of violent anti-Semitic attacks around the world surged nearly 40 percen ...

Faith leaders support Iran framework deal
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 1:11pm | Type: Press

April 13, 2015 Sojo in the News Bob Allen ...

U.S. Catholic bishops back Obama on Iran, warn Congress against meddling
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 1:06pm | Type: Press

April 13, 2015 Sojo in the News David Gibson ...

RELEASE: Christian leaders rally support for Iran Framework Agreement
Originally Posted: 04/13/2015 - 1:55pm | Type: Press

April 13, 2015 Press Releases A large and diverse group of Christian ...

Iran – In relationship with the other
Originally Posted: 04/13/2015 - 10:39am | Type: Press

April 11, 2015 Sojo in the News Robert Azzi ...

Kenya Cracks Down on Al-Shabab Funding and Recruitment After Garissa Attack
Originally Posted: 04/10/2015 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

This week, Kenya froze the accounts of 85 groups and individuals, including bus companies and Muslim rights organizations, allegedly linked to the group. Faced with a fierce enemy ...

Hope but Verify: The Iran Nuclear Framework
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 4:09pm | Type: Press

April 9, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Journalism and the Sacred Work of Disseminating Knowledge
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

There’s an old adage in journalism that if it bleeds, it leads. It sounds kind of savage and it’s often that principle people quip when complaining about excessive violence in the news. That criticism isn’t wr ...

At Least 147 Killed, Hundreds Rescued in Kenyan University Attack that Targeted Christians
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

Somalia’s al-Shabab militants shot and killed more than 147 people, wounded dozens of others and held hundreds hostage April 2 at Garissa University College in northeastern Kenya. ...

Canada's Shameful Exports
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 6:06pm | Type: Magazine Article

Emilie Teresa Smith Fifty years of bloody conflict, economic greed, and environmental devastation.  CANADIAN ...

Global response needed
Originally Posted: 03/23/2015 - 10:32am | Type: Press

March 20, 2015 Sojo in the News Donald Rea ...

'I Wish I Could Also Have Died:' Boko Haram Haunts Kids
Originally Posted: 03/12/2015 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

Memories of Boko Haram’s murderous spree in his Nigerian hometown haunt Tom Gowon, 9. Memories of Boko Haram’s murderous spree in his Nigerian hometown haunt Tom Gowon, 9, as he s ...

Kenya’s Catholic Church to Fight Hunger by Farming Its Vast Land Reserves
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:03am | Type: Blog

Drying livestock carcasses and anguished faces of hungry women and children have become a common feature here as droughts increase due to climate change. Drying livestock carcass ...

Neither Despair Nor Complacency
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Charles Villa-Vicencio Nelson Mandela was one of the 20th century's greatest leaders, but the long walk to freedom in South Africa i ...

Cuba, North Korea, and Freedom
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Jerry L. Van Marter Two countries lumped together in the "axis of evil" have few similarities.  THO ...

Christian Pathos vs. ISIS Pathos
Originally Posted: 03/04/2015 - 11:21am | Type: Press

March 3, 2015 Sojo in the News Carole Ganim ...

Do Christian pacifists have a solution for stopping ISIS?
Originally Posted: 03/04/2015 - 11:11am | Type: Press

March 3, 2015 Sojo in the News Micah Bales ...

Netanyahu Speech Deepens Rift Between Israel, U.S. — and American Jews
Originally Posted: 03/02/2015 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

The episode amounts to “really a swift kick into the underbelly” of the longstanding bond between Israel and the United States. American Jewish leaders and activists are worried a ...

5 Things to Know About ISIS and the Theology of Evil
Originally Posted: 02/27/2015 - 5:39pm | Type: Press

February 26, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Islamic State Refugees Grow Disgruntled: ‘We Loved Them so Much’
Originally Posted: 02/27/2015 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

Hassan, a chain-smoking 20-year-old from Syria, sits in a cafe across the border from his homeland, one of thousands who escaped the clutches of the Islamic State group. Hassan, a ...

Bill O’Reilly Battles It Out With Liberal Pastor Over ‘Holy War’ and the Islamic State
Originally Posted: 02/23/2015 - 11:10am | Type: Press

February 20, 2015 Sojo in the News Billy Hallowell ...

It Takes a Life Cult to Beat a Death Cult
Originally Posted: 02/23/2015 - 10:56am | Type: Press

February 23, 2015 Sojo in the News John Grant ...

Confronting the Jihad
Originally Posted: 02/20/2015 - 4:57pm | Type: Press

February 19, 2015 Sojo in the News Bill O'Reilly ...

Pastor to O’Reilly: ISIS Will Take Advantage of Your ‘Holy War’ Rhetoric
Originally Posted: 02/20/2015 - 4:10pm | Type: Press

February 19, 2015 Sojo in the News Matt Wilstein ...