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# Religion

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American jailed over 'Bible left in nightclub bathroom' freed from North Korea
However, two Americans remain in hard labour camps in the country.
Priest who won property dispute with former partner 'taking time away from Church'
Bishop John Fleming said the news came as a “shock” to him.
Bishops reject Pope's plans for opening doors to gays and divorcees
The move is a blow to Pope Francis.
Opinion: A holy war? Examining the relationship between religion and violence
Is a clash of ideologies tearing apart the fabric of world order?
The Vatican has suggested it's ready to welcome gay people... sort of
A document released by the Vatican today asks if it can welcome gay people “without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony”.
Reporter quits BBC to devote her life to religion
Martina Purdy has been a political correspondent with BBC NI for 15 years.
Archbishop wants the Catholic Church to "listen to married couples"
Diarmuid Martin says it’s time for “a new language” between the Church and couples.
Column: In El Salvador, a total ban on abortion has led to death and decades of imprisonment
In El Salvador, one of only nine countries in the world that has a total ban on abortion, suicide accounts for 57% of all deaths of pregnant girls aged under 19.
Removal of the Dáil prayer would be "out of step with modern practice"
Independent TD Mattie McGrath has defended the practice after criticism from Deputy Clare Daly that it is “offensive”.
It's official: We'll have a referendum to remove blasphemy from the Constitution
The last known conviction for blasphemy was in 1855.
On the Frontline: Meet the people who help the homeless
We speak to the people who work on the frontline of homelessness.
Pope Francis fires bishop who promoted priest accused of sexual abuse
The bishop is the second the Pope has removed from office.
Opinion: Employees can still be discriminated against over their sexuality – this must end
The private lives of teachers and health workers should never be used against them, writes Senator Ivana Bacik.
Mohammed is the most popular baby name in Israel - but the state doesn't count Arabic names
Names favoured by Arabs, who make up 20% of the population, are not counted in official stats.
Pope Francis: Religion can never justify violence
He said that Albania was an “inspiring example” of religious harmony.
A US teen was arrested for simulating oral sex with a statue of Jesus
He posted photos of the act on Facebook. *facepalm*
What is it like to be an atheist in Ireland?
Is it different from any other faith? We found out.
14 men began their training for the priesthood this weekend
The number is down on last year, but roughly equivalent to previous years.
Brady resignation "too late" for abuse survivor
Brendan Boland says that Sean Brady was “weak”.
The bad guy from 10 Things I Hate About You has started his own New Age religion
Well, he says it’s a religion.
Thousands arriving in Knock today for annual Catholic pilgrimage
Knock Knock, who’s there? 150,000 people…
What is it like to be a Jehovah's Witness in Ireland?
Is it different from any other faith? We found out.
Opinion: Ring them bells! Why Ireland should never get rid of the Angelus
Twice a day, we should all stop and listen to those bells. Let them serve as a reminder of what happens when we outsource our thinking to anyone else.
Born-again Christian council worker wins €70,000 in discrimination case
The man was told by the council he could not talk about his religion with his colleagues or members of the public after a number of complaints.
What is it like to be a Mormon in Ireland?
Is it different from any other faith? We found out.
Opinion: I became the first male survivor of Irish clerical sexual abuse to meet Pope Francis
It was such an important and historic moment for Irish survivors, where the Pope was left in no doubt about the human and spiritual cost that clerical child sexual abuse causes.
'I will stay married': Transsexual woman defiant after court ruling
The European Court of Human Rights said her human rights had not been violated.
Number of maternity homes a difficulty for mother and baby inquiry
The Commission have been asked to include a wide range of institutions within their scope of their inquiry.
Church of England votes to allow women become bishops
The General Synod approved the historic measure at its meeting in York in northern England today.
Opinion: Discrimination against the non-religious is being allowed to continue
An amendment to the Employment Equality Act will prevent religious-run hospitals and schools from dismissing employees for being a lone parent, a divorcee, or LGBT – but not for being an atheist.
Opinion: It may seem heartless, but we shouldn't fund an inquiry into religious-run homes
I shudder to imagine what those mothers and their beautiful babies went through. But we need to ask the difficult question: is this the correct use of funds that children living today so badly need?
Don't ban crosses from schools, put other religious artefacts with them
That is the recommendation of the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in the Primary Sector.
Opinion: Adoption, illegitimate children and ‘the bogey of proselytism’ in Catholic Ireland
The history of Ireland’s legal adoption battle is fraught with examples of church-state collusion, even after 1952 when legislation for it was finally enacted in Ireland.
Sudan releases woman sentenced to hanging for apostasy
The woman, who gave birth days after the verdict, was sentenced last month.
Poll: Would you ever consider going on a religious pilgrimage?
Despite decline in church-going, people still go on pilgrimages. Would you?
Opinion: Thousands of Irish people go on pilgrimage every year... but why?
The weekly mass-goer and interested agnostic can walk alongside the person who privately explores their spirituality.
The Pope has ditched the bulletproof Popemobile
The Pontiff says that the vehicle is a “sardine can” that walls him off from people.
Opinion: Abuse and neglect are being hidden in plain sight – but will we open our eyes?
History will judge us every bit as harshly as we are now judging the society which condemned women and children to mother-and-baby homes.
Catholic Church was within its rights to sack married priest says European Court
In the court’s view, it was not unreasonable for the Church to expect particular loyalty of religious education teachers.
Adoption Rights Alliance cautiously welcomes inquiry into mother and baby homes
The group also want assurances new legislation regarding adoption information and tracing be considered.