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Top News: Religion

Oduvars, India's temple singers, in decline

The tradition of Oduvars began over 1,000 years ago, and they were once indispensable for rituals at temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. But today, they are a disappearing group.

Indian state government of Tamil Nadu to renovate 1,006 temples

Chennai - The government of the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu passed a resolution to renovate 1,006 temples over the course of the coming year.

Op-Ed: Freedom From Religion Foundation has gotten out of hand

Over the past month the atheist group known as the Freedom From Religion Foundation has been going after very small, nonabrasive signs of Christianity; suing a privately owned restaurant and even going after the U.S. Navy.

'Why does our daddy need to be in prison for loving Jesus?'

"Why does our daddy need to be in prison for loving Jesus?" That was the question two children asked President Barack Obama in a video about their father, an American citizen who has been imprisoned in Iran since 2012.

Pope kicks off S. Korea visit as North fires rockets

Seoul - Pope Francis called for an end to "displays of force" on the divided Korean peninsula Thursday, as North Korea marked his arrival in Seoul for a five-day visit by firing short-range rockets into the sea.

CA mayor snubs atheists, blocks invocation, free speech Special

Chico - For some time now, atheists in Chico, California have been wanting to do an invocation at City Hall, ever since the Supreme Court recently sanctioned prayers before meetings of the town board in Greece, New York.

Afghani candidates agree to settle election dispute

Kabul - Afghanistan should finally have a new president in September under the terms of a new accord aimed at resolving the country's disputed presidential election runoff earlier this year.

Catholic priest confesses: 'I am having twins; it's a blessing'

Cabildo - Father Ignacio Miranda of St. Lawrence Catholic Parish in the town of Cabildo in Chile announced his resignation from the priesthood after admitting his relationship with a woman and confessing that he will be daddy of twins within a couple of months.

Hamas resumes rocket fire as 72-hour truce ends

Gaza - Israel resumed air strikes against Palestinian facilities in the Gaza Strip on Friday in response to missiles fired by Hamas militants marking the end of a 72-hour ceasefire.

The Yazidi: Keepers of an ancient faith

If not for the horrors being inflicted by Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq against everyone not accepting their idea of what Islam is supposed to be, the majority of us probably would never have heard of the Yazidi religious sect.

North Indian state of Jammu gears up for Mount Kailash pilgrimage

Another batch of Hindu devotees will be setting of for the annual Kailash yatra or pilgrimage on August 16, and will passing through the state of Jammu in north India.

Thousands flock to Medjugorje for 25th Youth Prayer Festival

Medjugorje - As most young people head to the Adriatic coast for sun and sea holidays, tens of thousands of young Catholics attend the Medjugorje Youth Prayer Festival.

India's religious take to tech-savvy blessings

India is a $30 billion religious and spirituality market of gods, temples and pilgrimages, and now that the 21st century is here, tech companies are jumping onto the bandwagon.

Himalayan religious pilgrimages hit by rains, landslides

As rains continued to lash the north Indian Himalayan state of Uttarakhand in the past month, landslides and rivers in spate have blocked pilgrim access to many Himalayan temples.

Reema Abbasi's latest book: 'Historic Temples in Pakistan'

Pakistani author Reema Abbasi recently launched in Delhi her latest book "Historic Temples in Pakistan - A Call to Conscience" in New Delhi, India. The book documents Hindu temples and pilgrimage sites in Pakistan, and includes 400 photographs.

25 million Shiva devotees visit Ganga during Kawad Yatra

The two-week Kawad Yatra, involving pilgrims carrying pots of water from the river Ganga to their local temples came to an end on July 25 in India.

Twitter takes down images of ISIS beheading

London - Twitter promised Thursday to remove photos and videos of the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley by Islamic militants, the popular messaging website said Thursday.

Palestinians say ceasefire with Israel extended for five days

Cairo - Palestinian negotiators in Cairo say a new ceasefire agreement has been reached with Israel to allow further negotiations on a longer-term deal.

Palestinians and Israelis agree to new ceasefire

Cairo - Gaza Strip communities stayed quiet Sunday and Monday as a new 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas took hold.
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