Religious Rundown 11/17-11/24

Posted on November 25, 2012 by


11/17-Hindu Anti-Muslim extremist leader Bal Thackeray died after being sick for several weeks and finally going into cardio-respiratory arrest and was not able to be revived. Thackeray formed the right-wing political party Shiv Sena (Shiva’s Army) in 1966, and often endorsed violence against Muslims to “protect the nation and all Hindus.” After his death was announced, many of his followers burst into mournful tears.


11/21- Statue of Mary stands unharmed among wreckage from Hurricane Sandy. Has become a symbol of hope and faith for community

11/23-The next Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is confident that he will consecrate women bishops. He made this remark two days after the Church of England voted against consecrating women bishops.

11/23-Statue of Christ is seen with ‘tears’ trickling down the face of the statue. Many catholics in India considered it a miracle until Sanal Edamaruku, an Indian rationalist, figured out that it was bad plumbing that caused the ‘tears’ and not divine intervention. Because of his findings, Edamaruku was accused of blasphemy and may face jail time for his findings


11/24-Pope has elected six new cardinals to choose his successor when the time comes. Among the chosen cardinals are Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Nigeria, James Harvey of the United States, and others. There is some criticism and controversy surrounding the Pope’s choices, as there are not many chosen cardinals of European descent.Critics have complained that the “princes of the church” no longer represents the Catholic Church today, since Catholicism is growing in Asia and Africa but is in crisis in much of Europe.

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