Weekly religion rail, with items on a procession of devils, ghosts and zombies, how prayer helped two pilots and more.
A procession of devils, ghosts and zombies through the historic Spanish city of Toledo has been called blasphemous by the Catholic Church.
According to wire reports, actors from the Morboria theater company performed a representation inspired by the medieval Dance of Death in Toledo's streets Saturday, provoking an angry reaction from the cathedral pulpit the following day.
Archbishop Antonio Canizares said the procession, which also included a Virgin Mary and a Saint Peter, made a mockery of the Catholic celebration of Corpus Christi.
A representative of Morboria said the actors had been well received by most passers-by except for one small group who said they would pray for them.
Pilots pray before emergency landing, touch down near Jesus sign
It seemed like an almost literal answer to their prayers. When two New Zealand pilots ran out of fuel in a microlight airplane, they offered prayers and were able to make an emergency landing in a field — coming to rest right next to a sign reading, "Jesus is Lord."
Grant Stubbs and Owen Wilson were flying when the engine spluttered, coughed and died.
"My friend and I are both Christians so our immediate reaction in a life-threatening situation was to ask for God's help," Stubbs told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
After Wilson glided the powerless craft to a landing on the grassy strip, the pair noticed they were next to a 20-foot-tall sign that read, "Jesus is Lord — The Bible."
Members of Baptist churches account for one-third of all Protestants and close to one-fifth of the total U.S. adult population. Baptists also account for nearly two-thirds of members of historically black Protestant churches. – The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life
“The Bishop's Daughter: A Memoir” by Honor Moore.
Paul Moore's vocation as an Episcopal priest took him — with his wife, Jenny, and a family that grew to nine children — to work among the urban poor of postwar America, prominence as an activist bishop in Washington during the Johnson years, leadership in the civil rights and peace movements, and two decades as the bishop of New York.
“The Bishop's Daughter” is a daughter's story of that complex, visionary man: a chronicle of her turbulent relationship with a father who struggled privately with his sexuality while she openly explored hers, and a searching account of the consequences of sexual secrets.
This memoir engages the reader in the great issues of American life: war, race, family, sexuality and faith.
Get to Know … George Fox
George Fox (July 1624 – January 1691) was an English dissenter and a founder of the Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as the Quakers.
He was the son of a weaver from rural England, and was apprenticed to a cobbler. He rebelled against the religious and political consensus by proposing an unusual and uncompromising approach to the Christian faith.
Abandoning his trade as a shoemaker, he toured Britain as a dissenting preacher. He was often persecuted by authorities who disapproved of his beliefs.
He married the widow of one of his wealthier supporters, Margaret Fell, who was also a leading Friend. His ministry expanded and he undertook tours of North America, and the Low Countries, between which he was imprisoned for over a year. He spent the final decade of his life working in London to organize the expanding Quaker movement.
His journal, first published after his death, is known even among non-Quakers for its vivid account of his personal journey.
Relativist: one who is convinced that religious disagreements are neither productive nor important. Relativists tend to emphasize areas of harmony among religions, minimizing or ignoring their differences. -- Religioustolerance.org
Religion Around the World
Religious makeup of Madagascar
Indigenous beliefs: 52 percent
Christian: 41 percent
Muslim: 7 percent
- CIA Factbook
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