This Week in Religion (October 30)

cruiseFrench court finds Scientology guilty of fraud. 

Paris (Religion News Service ) For the second time this month, the Church of Scientology has won a battle against its dissolution in Europe, despite a stiff sentence handed down by a Fredn court against its operations here.

In a verdict delivered on October 27, a Paris court fined the church's Celebrity Center and its bookshop in the French capital nearly $900,000 for defrauding former members.  It handed suspended prison sentences to four church leaders and fined two others. Bishops tell African leaders to come clean.  

VATICAN CITY (Religion News Service ) An international meeting of Catholic bishops called on Africa's political leaders to be "saints" who "clean the continent of corruption."

The unusually strong language came in the official message of the Vatican's Synod for Africa, which was released on Friday (Oct. 23), the day before the meeting's concluding session.


Date: 02/11/2009 Description: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton State Dept PhotoReligious Freedom Report lacks specifics, experts say.

WASHINGTON (Religion News Service ) Religious freedom experts called for more specifics in the State Department's policies on international religious liberty, but welcomed a new report that highlights abuse faced by people of faith throughout the world.

 Released by the State Department on Monday (Oct. 26), the status report on religious freedom in 198 countries and territories pays particular attention to authoritarian governments...




"The Vatican's New Policy on Anglicans"

From PBS' Religion & Ethics News Weekly 


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