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How Islamic Is The Islamic State? Not Very, Experts Say

AP | Antonia Blumberg | March 2, 2015 | Religion
CAIRO (AP) — Three British schoolgirls believed to have gone to Syria to become "jihadi" brides. Three young men charged in New York with plotting to join the Islamic State group and carry out attacks on American soil. A masked, knife-wielding militant from London who is the face of terror...

Spain's Muslim Business Owners Feel Restricted By New Zoning Proposals | Antonia Blumberg | March 2, 2015 | Religion
Spain's Mediterranean coast is home to the country's biggest Muslim community. And in one town there, local politicians have proposed new zoning laws that have people pondering what it means to be Spanish, or Muslim, or both. Ruling conservatives in the town of Tarragona want to limit the number of...

Victor Barnard, Fugitive Minnesota Cult Leader Accused Of Child Molestation, Captured In Brazil

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | March 2, 2015 | Crime
The leader of a cult-like religious sect who was on the U.S. Marshall's Most Wanted List has been arrested by Brazilian authorities and faces extradition for allegedly molesting two young girls. Victor Arden Barnard, 52, was taken into custody Friday in northeastern Brazil, according to The U.S. Marshals...

Daily Meditation: Invocation Of Peace

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | March 2, 2015 | Religion
We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life. Today's meditation features a mantra meditation for peace. Whether you use the words provided or use...

How Art Can Help You Sharpen Your Mind

Maddie Crum | March 2, 2015 | Books
The following is an excerpt from Looking at Mindfulness, in which author Christophe Andre explores how viewing art or reading poetry can help achieve a sense of calm. Calm, attentive eyes in an attractive, quietly intelligent face, expressing neither benevolence nor hostility, just a desire to understand...

'Surfer Angel' Guido Schaffer Considered For Sainthood

The Huffington Post | James Cave | March 2, 2015 | Religion
The world could one day get a patron saint of surfing now that the Vatican is considering a Brazilian man known as the “Surfer Angel” for sainthood. Guido Schäffer, a doctor, took to the waves to connect to God; he helped others do the same. “

Eating Disorder Recovery As Spiritual Transformation (All Together Podcast)

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | March 1, 2015 | Religion
Welcome to the latest ALL TOGETHER -- the podcast dedicated to exploring how ethics, religion and spiritual practice inform our personal lives, our communities and our world. ALL TOGETHER is hosted this week by Antonia Blumberg, associate editor of HuffPost Religion. You can download All Together on

Rania El-Alloul GoFundMe Campaign Raises Thousands

CP | Emma Prestwich | March 1, 2015 | Canada Living
MONTREAL - A crowdfunding campaign in support of a Quebec woman who was refused her day in court because she was wearing a hijab has raised over $40,000.The campaign was launched on Friday to help Rania El-Alloul buy a car.It's in response to a judge's refusal to hear her case...

Activists Say ISIS Releases 19 Syrian Christians

AP | Nick Robins-Early | March 1, 2015 | World
BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group released at least 19 Christians on Sunday who were among the more than 220 people the militants took captive in northeastern Syria last week, activists and a local leader said. The news provided a modicum of relief to a Christian Assyrian community that...

The Tree Of Contemplative Practices Maps Out The Ways Mindfulness Affects Our Lives

On Being | Carol Kuruvilla | March 2, 2015 | Religion
Mirabai Bush, a meditation and mindfulness teacher who leads Google's mindfulness training, "Search Inside Yourself," pointed us to an illustration of contemplative practices, which shows the breadth of meditation and mindfulness within traditions. Although this list isn't comprehensive, it does open up one's imagination about how these disciplines take root...

Pope Francis Leads Thousands In Prayer At The Vatican For Christians Kidnapped By ISIS

The Associated Press | Carol Kuruvilla | March 1, 2015 | Religion
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has led tens of thousands of people in prayer in St. Peter's Square for Christians and others who have been kidnapped or are victims of other "intolerable brutality" in Syria and Iraq. The pope on Sunday also appealed for "everyone, in line with their...

Dianne Feinstein: Benjamin Netanyahu 'Arrogant' For Claiming To Speak For All Jews

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | March 2, 2015 | Politics
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Sunday that it was "arrogant" for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to presume to speak for all Jews on a potential nuclear deal between the United States and Iran. Netanyahu has defended his upcoming speech to Congress on Iran in part by saying that

How Meditation Primes The Mind For Spiritual Experiences

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | March 1, 2015 | Science
The practice of mindfulness dates back at least 2,500 years to early Buddhism, and since then, it's played an important role in a number of spiritual traditions. While the stillness and connecting with one's inner self cultivated through mindfulness are certainly an important part of a spiritual...

Netanyahu Takes Campaign Against Iran Deal To Jerusalem Holy Site

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | February 28, 2015 | World
By Maayan Lubell JERUSALEM, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Benjamin Netanyahu took his campaign against a nuclear deal with Iran to Jerusalem's sacred Western Wall on Saturday, on the eve of his departure to Washington to address Congress on the issue. His rare pilgrimage to one of Judaism's...

Excommunicated Mormon Kate Kelly Loses Final Appeal

AP | AP | March 1, 2015 | Religion
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The co-founder of a Mormon women's group who was excommunicated last year has lost her final appeal to regain membership in the Utah-based church. Kate Kelly of Ordain Women said she learned Saturday that the highest authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day...

Hundreds Of Norwegians Circle Oslo Mosque In 'Peace Ring,' Showing Everyone What It Truly Means To Love Your Neighbor

Jaweed Kaleem | February 28, 2015 | Religion
After weeks of news of hatred around the world against Jews and Muslims, Norwegians have shown humanity what it truly means to love your neighbor. On Saturday, hundreds gathered around the Central Jamaat-E Ahl-E Sunnat mosque in Oslo to participant in and support a human peace ring, an effort to...

Pope Francis Rails Against 'Throwaway Culture' Of Globalization

Jaweed Kaleem | March 1, 2015 | Religion
(Reuters) - Pope Francis launched a fresh attack on economic injustice on Saturday, condemning the "throwaway culture" of globalization and calling for new ways of thinking about poverty, welfare, employment and society. In a speech to the association of Italian cooperative movements, he pointed to the "dizzying rise in unemployment"...

3 Ways Relics And Artifacts Can Help Us 'Find Jesus'

Jaweed Kaleem | February 28, 2015 | Religion
(RNS) Why are we so fascinated with any historical artifact — relics, as some call them — associated with Jesus? Even the most suspect claim of a “lost” gospel or an “explosive” archaeological find that purports to shed light on the man from Galilee can generate a media frenzy, and...

Immaculate Heart Of Mary School Quits Boston's St. Patrick's Parade Over Gay Marchers

Reuters | February 28, 2015 | Gay Voices
By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON, Feb 27 (Reuters) - A Roman Catholic grammar school located near Boston has pulled out of the city's St. Patrick's Day parade in protest over organizers' decision to allow a gay veterans' group to march in next month's event. The Immaculate Heart of Mary School, which...

Anti-Semitism Is A Big Problem At American College Campuses, According To New Report

Jaweed Kaleem | February 28, 2015 | Religion
WASHINGTON (RNS) A student group in South Africa this month called on all Jews to leave the Durban University of Technology, an act of anti-Semitism that Americans could not imagine on their own college campuses. But a comprehensive survey of anti-Semitism at American colleges released this week shows that significant...
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