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# christian - Tuesday 26 March, 2019

Video showing Pope Francis trying to avoid having his ring kissed goes viral

Francis’ apparent reluctance to have his ring kissed has sparked a debate online, where the video has gone viral.

# christian - Thursday 7 December, 2017

'Deplorable and unacceptable': Trump's Jerusalem declaration sparks anger amongst global leaders

US President Donald Trump has recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

# christian - Wednesday 6 December, 2017

Trump announces he recognises Jerusalem as Israeli capital

The status of Jerusalem is a central issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with both sides claiming the city as their capital.

# christian - Sunday 11 June, 2017

Huge growth in numbers attending Irish Christian conference for 'anyone who loves Jesus'

A ‘miracle night’ was held by Ireland4Jesus as part of events in Dublin last weekend.

# christian - Friday 2 June, 2017

Poll: Should the Angelus be scrapped? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the Angelus be scrapped?

Some people think it’s not appropriate in modern Ireland.

# christian - Wednesday 19 April, 2017

Leader of Liberal Democrats won't say if he thinks being gay is a sin Christianity This post contains videos

Leader of Liberal Democrats won't say if he thinks being gay is a sin

Tim Farron’s comments have been criticised by some, but others have defended him.

# christian - Wednesday 1 March, 2017

Abuse survivor Marie Collins resigns from Vatican commission

Collins said that some members of the Vatican hierarchy were unwilling to make changes.

# christian - Monday 18 January, 2016

Jewish extremists vandalise church where Virgin Mary is said to have died

The graffiti included threats of violence, messages degrading Jesus and a call for Christians to “go to hell”.

# christian - Thursday 11 June, 2015

Couple vow to divorce if same-sex marriage is legalised in Australia

The husband wrote an opinion piece about their situation.

# christian - Monday 18 May, 2015

From The42 David Luiz vows to abstain from sex until marriage after baptism in team-mate's pool For The Love Of God

David Luiz vows to abstain from sex until marriage after baptism in team-mate's pool

The Brazilian defender had a pool party of a different kind over the weekend.

# christian - Wednesday 18 February, 2015

Why are so many non-religious people still giving things up for Lent?

Many Christian traditions have lost their appeal but Lent remains popular, for good reasons, lifestyle experts say.

# christian - Monday 1 December, 2014

Pope: We can't allow a Middle East without Christians

The Pope and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew issued a joint plea urging Muslim leaders to condemn terrorism carried out in the name of Islam.

# christian - Friday 27 June, 2014

"We were afraid for our children": 10,000 flee Iraq town

The mostly Christian town was shelled with mortars, residents and the UNHCR said today.

# christian - Wednesday 25 June, 2014

Sudanese woman who escaped death row charged with forgery

The new charged against the woman relates to the travel document she was carrying when authorities stopped her family from leaving the country yesterday.

# christian - Friday 6 June, 2014

Crucifix erected in Kerry Council raises questions about equality law Secularism This post contains a poll

Crucifix erected in Kerry Council raises questions about equality law

The idea for the crucifix was proposed Fianna Fáil Councillor John Joe Culloty who put down the motion at an April meeting.

# christian - Saturday 31 May, 2014

Britain slams 'barbaric' death sentence given to pregnant woman in Sudan

The Christian woman was sentenced to death for apostasy, for her religious choice, last month and gave birth in prison earlier this week.

# christian - Tuesday 13 May, 2014

US flying 'manned missions' in search of abducted Nigeria girls

The Lagos Government dismissed a prisoner-swap offer from the Boko Haram kidnappers.

# christian - Sunday 31 March, 2013

Poll: Will you mark Easter with a religious tradition? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Will you mark Easter with a religious tradition?

As the Christian world marks the most important date in its calendar, we’d like to know if you plan to do anything religious for Easter.

# christian - Tuesday 15 January, 2013

British Airways worker wins landmark religious discrimination case

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Nadia Eweida suffered discrimination at work over her Christian beliefs.

# christian - Tuesday 18 December, 2012

China detains 500-plus people for doomsday rumours

Police seized leaflets, video discs, books and other materials as they made arrests across eight provinces and regions.

# christian - Wednesday 28 November, 2012

From The Daily Edge 'Two and a Half Men' star apologises for calling show 'filth' Repentance

'Two and a Half Men' star apologises for calling show 'filth'

Angus T. Jones, who plays Jake, had appeared in a Church video asking viewers not to watch the programme.

# christian - Tuesday 27 November, 2012

From The Daily Edge 'Two and a Half Men' teen calls show "filth" in religious interview Two And A Half Men This post contains videos

'Two and a Half Men' teen calls show "filth" in religious interview

The actor Angus T Jones made the comments in a video interview posted online by a Christian church.

# christian - Friday 19 October, 2012

Two killed as large explosion rattles Beirut

Local media are reporting that at least two people have been killed and 15 injured in the explosion.

# christian - Sunday 2 September, 2012

Pakistan: Cleric arrested in blasphemy girl case

A cleric who accused a Christian girl of blasphemy has been remanded in custody after police arrested him on suspicion of evidence-tampering and desecrating the Quran.

# christian - Saturday 18 August, 2012

Ireland's ancient relics - what are they and how have they survived?

From their religious classification to the clues they provide archaeologists about Ireland’s chieftains and kings, here’s your guide to Irish relics.

# christian - Friday 6 July, 2012

Whites only welcome at Alabama pastors' cross-burning

“We’re not breaking any laws,” one pastor told an Alabama television station.

# christian - Monday 20 February, 2012

Turkey urged to allow greater religious freedom

The spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians has said that Turkey should grant equal rights to minorities in the country.

# christian - Sunday 5 February, 2012

80,000 expected to attend closing Eucharistic Congress ceremony in Croke Park

It’s the first time the event has been held in Ireland since 1932.

# christian - Saturday 15 October, 2011

Egypt's military rulers ban all forms of discrimination

The new decrees from the transitional military leaders are seen as a response to attacks on Coptic Christians last week.

# christian - Monday 10 October, 2011

24 killed and hundreds wounded during clashes in Egypt

The clashes between Christians, Muslims and security forces raged in Cairo yesterday, leading to 200 people being wounded.

# christian - Wednesday 9 March, 2011

11 killed in violent clashes between Muslims and Christians in Egypt

Violence erupted between the two communities after a Coptic church was burned down on Friday, but tensions have been simmering for months.

# christian - Friday 13 August, 2010

THE CHURCH of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – colloquially referred to as the Mormon church – is a Christian religion that was founded in Upstate New York in 1830.

According to the church, in 2009 there were 13,824,854 Mormons worldwide – with over six million believers in the United States alone.

Ireland has small Mormon community, consisting of about 2,799 members.

What is Mormonism?

Although the church is considered a Christian faith, it is seen as distinct from Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox Churches, because of  significant difference in beliefs and teachings.

This basically comes down to the Mormon cannon, which contains four scriptures. Like other Christian faiths, Mormons read the Bible (both Old and New Testaments); however, is is the remaining three books in the Mormon cannon that mark a departure from a traditional Christian faith: the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price.

These scriptures contain revelations by the religion’s founder, Joseph Smith, which Mormons believe are missing parts of the Bible.

In everyday practice, Mormons are expected to abstain from alcohol, tobacco, coffee, tea and premarital sex. They are also expected to give 10% of their earnings to charity.

Criticisms of the faith

The motivation behind a new video campaigns launched in the States, which attempts to show Mormons as regular people, is likely to be the fact that the religion has many detractors.

From its inception, the church has been regraded warily by non-believers.

The church’s practice of polygamy came under such heavy criticism that by the end of the 19th century the practice was officially abandoned (although, unofficially, it continues to be practiced by some).

More recent criticism has also focused on accusations of racism, sexism, homophobia and historical revisionism within the church.

Video campaign

The videos feature artists, surfers, skaters and other people who seem to be generally nice and all-round normal. And while we have to admit that it’s a little uncomfortable to watch the inevitable “shock reveal” that they are Mormon, which seem to have a bit of a confessional tone (“My name is Josh, and I’m a Mormon”), it’s easy to see why the church feels it needs better PR considering other ‘informational’ videos that have been produced in the past, like this one.

Some of the videos:

Hi, I’m Joy. I grew up on Hawaii, love my Savior Jesus Christ and am a Mormon

Hi, I’m Emily I’m a wife, a mother & a public health professional. I’m a Mormon

Hi, I’m Josh, I am a follower of Jesus Christ so yep, I’m a Mormon

Hi, I’m Ron I spent most of my career working to put men and women into space. I’m a Mormon