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China targets sales of Bible online and in bookshops amid Vatican talks

Bibles have been pulled from the shelves of online stores and large bookshops across China as Beijing continues to clamp down on how citizens practice religion. The country has always controlled Bible sales – only permitting it to be distributed and printed by state-sanctioned churches – but it has become possible to buy it online in recent years. However, the Asian country appears to have cracked down on the loophole, with searches for the Bible on China's

April 5th, 2018|Religious|

Third Temple in Jerusalem gains momentum

Since 1987, the Temple Movement has begun preparations for the rebuilding of this Third Temple in Israel and, efforts to see this become a reality in the 21st century have been picking up pace. The Orthodox Jews have revived the Sanhedrin, which is the religious body that supervised the legal issues and responsibilities related to the Temple in the Old Testament and who intend to see it rebuilt in our lifetime. This organization has been ongoing with preparing the

June 20th, 2020|Religious|

Pope Francis Endorses Same-Sex Marriage

Pope Francis became the first pontiff to endorse same-sex civil unions in comments for a documentary that premiered Wednesday, sparking cheers from gay Catholics and demands for clarification from conservatives, given the Vatican’s official teaching on the issue. The papal thumbs-up came midway through the feature-length documentary “Francesco,” which premiered at the Rome Film Festival. The film, which features fresh interviews with the pope, delves into issues Francis cares about most, including the environment, poverty,

November 4th, 2020|Religious|

Ancient Hebrew letter from First Temple period returned to Israel

The letter written in ancient Hebrew, originally found in the Judean Desert caves, ended up in Montana and was then returned to Israel. A letter written in ancient Hebrew dating back to the First Temple period, around the sixth or seventh century BCE, was returned to Israel on Wednesday. It was probably found in the Judean Desert caves. Archaeologists dated it to the same period as two other documents in the Israel Antiquities Authority’s Dead Sea Scrolls collection. The

September 9th, 2022|Archaeology|
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