‘We want action’: call to return former Toledo synagogue to Jewish community

Spains Catholic church owns Santa Mara la Blanca, now a popular museum, but shows little interest in giving it back Among the fans, parasols and knick-knacks in the gift shop of the magens David. They are testament to the fact that, despite its name not to mention its incarnations as a church, a barracks and … Read more

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 53 The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James (1902)

This revolutionary work written by Henry Jamess less famous brother brought a democratising impulse to the realm of religious belief The United States is a society, first described in Thomas Jeffersons revolutionary words in 1776, that constantly rewrites its narrative in law, philosophy, economics and belief, as well as through poetry, drama and fiction. In … Read more

Catholic use of confession to be scrutinised by child abuse royal commission

Church argues obligations to report child sexual abuse should not extend to divulging information given in confessional Whether what is heard in the confessional box should continue to stay there will be considered by the The former Victorian priest Paul David Ryan, jailed in 2006 for 18 months for indecently assaulting one victim, revealed during … Read more

Knights of Malta ‘still loyal to pope’ after clash over condoms

Official at centre of feud says Catholic order grateful to holy father for guidance after its British head, Matthew Festing, was fired for challenging Vatican The Knights of Malta has reaffirmed its allegiance to the pope while acknowledging damage was done by a stood up to the pope, saying the pontiff, who pushed for Von … Read more

Reports of antisemitic incidents increase to record levels in UK

Rise in incidents is blamed on factors including Labour party antisemitism row and rise in xenophobia after Brexit vote The number of antisemitic incidents in the UK rose by more than a third to record levels in 2016, according to data released by the Community Security Trust. The CST, which monitors antisemitism and provides security … Read more

Building Zion: the controversial plan for a Mormon-inspired city in Vermont

A Mormon businessman is buying up land to build master-planned towns from scratch, based on the church founders idea for a plat of Zion The roads through rural Vermont wind past rolling forested hills and quaint small towns, including South Royalton used as the quintessential New England village in the opening sequence of the TV … Read more

Sadness and defiance mark the reopening of Breitscheidplatz market

It shows the terrorists they will not stop us, said one stallholder as the Berlin square welcomed visitors again Sabrine, 52, has worked as a stallholder at the Breitscheidplatz for more than 10 years. And every night since the truck careered through the Christmas market she has had nightmares. In my head I can still … Read more

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