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# Religion

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# religious bias
Trump's travel ban will face a key test today
His administration has tried to bar travellers from six Muslim-majority countries entering the US.
Religion in schools: 'My son comes home saying things like, 'God makes it rain''
For many parents the real problems begin once their child has secured a place in school.
# Patronage
Two new Educate Together primary schools announced for Dublin
The four new schools will be able to cater for up to 1,728 pupils.
# Meaning of Life
Gardaí 'not commenting' on complaint of blasphemy against Stephen Fry
Fry faces a maximum fine of €25,000.
# Pakistan
Boy killed after mob tries to lynch Hindu man charged with blasphemy
The mob attacked a police station in Balochistan, Pakistan where the Hindu man was being detained.
# dáil prayer
Here's what TDs think about being made to stand for a daily Christian prayer
It’s proposed the prayer will be followed by 30 seconds of silent reflection.
# Faith
Religion and health care: What role does the Catholic Church play in Irish hospitals?
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is seeking his own removal as chair of Holles Street.
# disciplinary action
First openly lesbian bishop in US Methodist Church may lose her job
Bishop Karen Oliveto’s civil marriage to another woman violates church law that bars clergy who are “self-avowed practicing homosexuals”.
# Sisters of Charity
Bishop says new maternity hospital should obey rules of Catholic Church
Health Minister Simon Harris has insisted the hospital will be independently run.
# destructive sect
Russia moves to ban 'extremist' Jehovah's Witnesses by seizing group's property
The group said it would appeal the decision to the European Court of Human Rights.
# secrets of fatima
Two children who supposedly saw the Virgin Mary are to be made Saints by the Pope
Jacinta and Francisco Marto were said to have seen her in Portugal in 1917.
# strong criticism
Religious order that owes millions to abuse survivors given ownership of new maternity hospital
A new company will be set up to govern the new maternity hospital.
# building a life
The secret life of the Amish-Mennonite community in Waterford
The religious group has been in Dunmore East for 25 years.
'Ireland is slowly discarding its age-old loyalty card attitude toward established religions'
Laws, government policies and the public funding of services should benefit all members of Irish society, writes Terry Flynn.
# devotees
Devotees nail themselves to crosses at Philippines' annual Good Friday ceremony
Men also have their backs whipped.
# Census 2016
One in 10 Irish people say they have no religion, the second largest group behind Roman Catholics
Births, deaths and everything in between: Here’s what you need to know about Census 2016.
# Shifting Demographics
Islam is set to have as many followers as Christianity by 2060
Islam has 1.8 billion followers, but a Muslim baby boom is expected.
# Jerusalem
'The colour of hope': Tomb of Jesus restored to former glory in time for Easter visitors
Religious leaders in traditional robes addressed a ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre yesterday.
# Keep Up With The Colossians
Pope tells young people to resist 'false' social media and reality TV
“Be the protagonists of your history; decide your own future.”
# Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Tomb of Jesus Christ completes €3.7 million renovation
The church contains the area where Jesus is believed to have been crucified.
# Religion
EU court rules companies can ban staff from wearing headscarves
The court said it does not constitute “direct discrimination” if a firm has an internal rule banning the wearing of any political, philosophical or religious sign.
# Religion
Most people agree with the Angelus being broadcast on TV and radio
Six in 10 people are happy with things as they are.
# Casey
Controversial bishop Eamonn Casey has died aged 89
He resigned as Bishop of Galway in 1992.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the State take over hospitals owned by the Catholic Church?
There have been calls for the hospitals to be handed over, amid criticism in relation to compensation owed to abuse victims.
# shortage
Pope Francis says he may consider allowing married men to become priests
Many in the Roman Catholic Church believe a new path to ordination should be opened.
# Catholic Church
Former Archbishop of Dublin Desmond Connell dies aged 90
He died after a long illness.
# behind the veil
An Irishwoman on converting to Islam: 'It excited me. It wasn't anything I thought it was'
We spoke to a Waterford woman about why she converted to Islam and the benefits of wearing a hijab.
# spirituality on sale
Japan ignoring traditional temples as rent-a-monk service surges in popularity
Demand for the monk delivery service has risen sharply since 2013.
# falling attendance
Huge Finglas church to close its doors
The Church of the Annunciation will be demolished to make way for a much smaller church.
# the vatican
Controversial Roman Catholic group Opus Dei names its new leader
Fernando Ocariz will be the fourth chief of the organisation.
# mail bag
'When the blood flows from abortion, Satan has his day' - Citizens' Assembly letters go online
Some 8,000 submissions were made to the assembly online and about 5,500 by post
# belief
'I recalled the two moments in my life when God spoke directly to me'
In an extract from his autobiography, South African cricketing legend AB de Villiers discusses his faith.
# remember the children
Pope Francis makes mention of abortion during Christmas message
The Pontiff asked people to remember those “not allowed to be born”.
# take me to church
Poll: Will you attend a religious service today?
It’s Christmas Day AND a Sunday,
# condom row
'Unacceptable': Order of Malta not happy as Pope Francis launches inquiry
The order’s grand chancellor was dismissed recently, amid reports of a policy row over the use of condoms.
# India
Family faces homicide charges after girl (13) dies following 68-day fast
The girl was reportedly fasting in accordance with an ancient religious ritual.
# Poland
Poland pushes ahead with near-total ban on abortion
A poll published this week by the Newsweek Polska magazine showed that 74% of Poles want to keep the existing law.
# Hail Mary
Everyone who only goes to mass at Christmas will identify with this sketch
Your premium is 467 hail Marys and 285 Our Fathers.
# Mass Protests
Gay married couple to return to church choir in Kildare after 'overwhelming' public support
A local Catholic activist had objected to their presence.
# praise the lord
Joyous scenes as Mother Teresa is now Saint Teresa of Kolkata
The nun was canonised today in front of about 100,000 pilgrims.