Belief http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/31854/all en Catholic Church crusades for DREAMers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/rights/catholic-church-crusades-dreamers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> While the battle over immigration reform continues, the Church is fighting for a path to citizenship for undocumented students. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sarah Parvini </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LOS ANGELES &mdash; Carlos Martinez first stepped onto American soil when he was 11. Led by a coyote, or smuggler, he crossed the Arizona border with a dozen other immigrants.</p> <p>The group walked the desert for four days and three nights, sleeping in bushes with only the blankets on their backs to keep them warm. His mother, a migrant farm worker, waited for him in Northern California.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/rights/catholic-church-crusades-dreamers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Belief Rights Mon, 04 Feb 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Sarah Parvini 5745617 at http://www.globalpost.com Syria's civil war emphasizes Middle East's deep Sunni-Shia division http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/news/regions/middle-east/egypt/syria-civil-war-sunni-shia-divide-middle-east-oic <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A tense Organization of Islamic Cooperation summit revealed a fault line that has torn the region apart for decades. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Charles M. Sennott </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>CAIRO — The ominous backdrop of civil war in Syria has exposed a Sunni-Shia sectarian fault line that was trembling at the summit of Islamic nations, which came to a close Thursday.</p> <p>The crisis in Syria, observers here said, has become a kind of proxy war in the Sunni-Shia divide.</p> <p>It was clear at the two-day summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) that Iran’s Shiite theocracy is unwavering in its support of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad. Led by an Alawite minority that is considered an offshoot of Shiite Islam, Assad’s regime stepped up its pounding of the opposition, even as the delegates of the 52-nation regional organization were convening.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/news/regions/middle-east/egypt/syria-civil-war-sunni-shia-divide-middle-east-oic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Egypt In the Land of Cain and Abel Belief GroundTruth Fri, 08 Feb 2013 17:10:00 +0000 Charles M. Sennott 5750286 at http://www.globalpost.com Two Years Later: 'The green tent' and Egypt's fractured revolution http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/taxonomy/term/31854/two-years-later-the-green-tent-and-egypts-fractured-revolution <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The original architects of the uprising in Tahrir Square can no longer stand to see each other as political and religious divisions rule the day in Egypt. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Charles M. Sennott </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>CAIRO — Two years ago today, with history on the line and revolution in the air, a group of 15 idealistic young Egyptians came together under what became known as “the green tent.”</p> <p>It was a Coleman “Montana” tent and its emerald color stood out against the ragtag maze of clear plastic sheeting and drab canvas tarps where hundreds of thousands of protesters set up a sprawling tent city that occupied Cairo’s <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/egypt">Tahrir Square</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/taxonomy/term/31854/two-years-later-the-green-tent-and-egypts-fractured-revolution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Belief Mon, 11 Feb 2013 15:03:21 +0000 Charles M. Sennott 5752225 at http://www.globalpost.com Announcing a new blog on global religion: Belief http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/belief/announcing-new-blog-global-religion-belief <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GlobalPost, in partnership with the USC Annenberg School, launches major initiative to report on the role of religion in shaping world events. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Charles M. Sennott &amp; Kevin Douglas Grant </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Traditionally journalism has not had a good ear for the music of faith, and too often news organizations have done a poor job reporting on religion. After all, it's difficult to explore the facts of who, what, where and when as you are traveling the terrain of faith and covering the set of beliefs that make up a religion. And yet these religious beliefs are an undeniably powerful force in shaping the world around us.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/belief/announcing-new-blog-global-religion-belief" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Belief Mon, 11 Feb 2013 12:55:24 +0000 Charles M. Sennott &amp; Kevin Douglas Grant 5752237 at http://www.globalpost.com Benedict, 'pope of ironies,' steps down http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/belief/benedict-pope-ironies-steps-down <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Analysis: Neither peacemaker nor reformer, Pope Benedict hands along a church in crisis. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jason Berry </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><span style="letter-spacing: 0px; line-height: 1.2;">When Pope Benedict XVI startled one billion members of the global Catholic church and made news all over the world with his resignation in Rome on Monday morning, he did so in Latin, saying that he was planning to step down due to a deterioration in &ldquo;strength of mind...to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/belief/benedict-pope-ironies-steps-down" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catholic Church Belief Mon, 11 Feb 2013 18:18:00 +0000 Jason Berry 5752928 at http://www.globalpost.com The Story Behind the Story: Jason Berry on the Catholic Church (VIDEO) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/groundtruth/jason-berry-catholic-church-vatican-pope-benedict-resigns <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GlobalPost's Jason Berry talks about what it's like to report on the Catholic Church in a time of turmoil. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Charles M. Sennott </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> </p> <p><span style="letter-spacing: 0px; line-height: 1.2;">Pope Benedict XVI's stunning and historic resignation Monday unleashed a wave of emotion, speculation and reflection within the Catholic Church, where the 85-year-old pontiff has long been seen as a divisive character. Important questions are emerging: Who are the leading candidates to replace him? And how will the conservative majority within the College of Cardinals impact that process?</span></p> <p>One of the most insightful journalists on these questions is GlobalPost's religion writer Jason Berry, an award-winning author and longtime observer of the Vatican and the Catholic Church. Berry is a lead writer for GlobalPost's new blog on religion titled, '<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/globalpost-blogs/belief">Belief</a>," and he will be covering the papal transition as it unfolds in the coming months. On Monday he wrote an analysis of the Pope’s announcement.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/groundtruth/jason-berry-catholic-church-vatican-pope-benedict-resigns" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catholic Church Belief GroundTruth Tue, 12 Feb 2013 16:13:00 +0000 Charles M. Sennott 5752991 at http://www.globalpost.com Predicting the next pope http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/belief/predicting-the-next-pope <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Analysis: Five men who could become head of the global Catholic Church. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jason Berry </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Pope Benedict's resignation has galvanized interest in cardinals who until now have been distant figures to most Catholics, and some of the leading candidates are being analyzed by the world’s media and Vatican watchers as potential popes.</p> <p>Or, as they have come to be known in Italian, <em>papabile</em>.</p> <p>And we want to offer some observations on five of the more<em> papabile</em> Cardinals from different corners of the world.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/belief/predicting-the-next-pope" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catholic Church Belief Wed, 13 Feb 2013 11:23:00 +0000 Jason Berry 5753965 at http://www.globalpost.com Sexual abuse allegations give pause to US Buddhist community http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/belief/sexual-abuse-allegations-buddhist-community <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A 105-year-old Zen master is a recent, high-profile example of a long-suppressed problem. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kevin Douglas Grant </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Los Angeles-based Zen master Joshu Sasaki, now 105 years old, allegedly &quot;groped and sexually harassed female students for decades, taking advantage of their loyalty to a famously charismatic roshi, or master,&quot; reported the New York Times on Monday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/belief/sexual-abuse-allegations-buddhist-community" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buddhism Belief Wed, 13 Feb 2013 15:56:10 +0000 Kevin Douglas Grant 5754513 at http://www.globalpost.com Teenage demonstrator killed on second anniversary of Bahrain uprising http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/belief/second-anniversary-bahrain-uprising-promises-big-protests <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A centuries-old rift been Sunni and Shia Islam runs through the increasingly sectarian revolt. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Reese Erlich </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><span style="letter-spacing: 0px; line-height: 1.2;">MANAMA, Bahrain — The movement opposing Bahrain’s autocratic monarchy is gaining strength in what has become the longest-running uprising of the Arab Spring. </span><span style="letter-spacing: 0px; line-height: 1.2;">Demonstrators clashed with security forces Thursday as they marked the revolt’s second anniversary and shots were fired by security forces.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/belief/second-anniversary-bahrain-uprising-promises-big-protests" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Belief Wed, 13 Feb 2013 23:26:00 +0000 Reese Erlich 5755118 at http://www.globalpost.com With Benedict’s resignation, LGBT Catholic group hopes for change http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/belief/benedict-resignation-lgbt-catholic-group <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DignityUSA fights for the LGBT Catholic community, stressing the message: “By the grace of God I am what I am.” </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sarah Parvini </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LOS ANGELES &mdash;&nbsp;At first glance, the Catholic service held at St. Matthew&rsquo;s Church is like any other&mdash;members of the congregation sing hymns, pray for those in need and send rings of hallelujah throughout the chapel.</p> <p>But St. Matthew&rsquo;s is a Lutheran church, not a Catholic one, and the parishioners are members of the San Fernando Valley chapter of DignityUSA, the nation&rsquo;s largest LGBT Catholic organization that fights for change in the Vatican&rsquo;s teachings on homosexuality.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/belief/benedict-resignation-lgbt-catholic-group" target="_blank">read more</a></p> LGBT Belief Rights Fri, 15 Feb 2013 18:43:00 +0000 Sarah Parvini 5756931 at http://www.globalpost.com Legion of Christ documents: Who was Father Marcial Maciel? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/belief/legion-christ-pope-benedict-marcial-maciel <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New documents offer insight into a sex scandal with connections to Pope Benedict just days after his resignation. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kevin Douglas Grant </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>GlobalPost correspondent Jason Berry today published a story explaining <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/belief/pope-benedict-legion-christ-scandal">the significance of a trove of documents</a> ordered to be released Friday about Father Marcial Maciel, founder of the powerful, ultraconservative Legion of Christ. The documents are expected to illuminate the way in which the Legion handled accusations of rampant child sexual abuse and the siring of several illegitimate children by Maciel over several decades.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/belief/legion-christ-pope-benedict-marcial-maciel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Belief Fri, 15 Feb 2013 20:27:00 +0000 Kevin Douglas Grant 5757126 at http://www.globalpost.com Days after resignation, new documents shed light on scandal that shadowed Pope Benedict http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/belief/pope-benedict-legion-christ-scandal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A trove of documents about the disgraced Legion of Christ were ordered to be released Friday. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jason Berry </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><span style="letter-spacing: 0px; line-height: 1.2;">Documents released today by a Rhode Island judge provide a new window into the internal workings of the disgraced Legion of Christ, a religious order of priests whose founder was revealed to have sexually abused seminarians and fathered children by at least two women.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/belief/pope-benedict-legion-christ-scandal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catholic Church Belief Fri, 15 Feb 2013 20:28:00 +0000 Jason Berry 5757074 at http://www.globalpost.com Legion of Christ documents raise questions of Vatican role in cover-up http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/belief/legion-christ-documents-raise-questions-vatican-role-cover <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Father Marcial Maciel was accused of sexually abusing dozens of young people and siring illegitimate children but maintained close ties to church leadership. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jason Berry </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The dramatic news of Pope Benedict XVI's resignation came just days before the release of thousands of pages of court documents related to the sex abuse scandal that engulfed the late founder of the Legion of Christ Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/belief/legion-christ-documents-raise-questions-vatican-role-cover" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catholic Church Belief Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:54:31 +0000 Jason Berry 5760235 at http://www.globalpost.com The roots of renewed sectarian violence in Iraq and Pakistan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/belief/sectarian-sunni-shia-violence-iraq-pakistan-roots <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Syria's civil war is ratcheting up Sunni/Shia conflict across the region, which runs through a complex set of geo-strategic rivalries. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON — In Iraq last weekend, car bombs ripped across Baghdad in a coordinated sequence killing 28 people. In Pakistan last weekend, 90 people were killed in Quetta.<br>  <br> The two events have this in common: the victims were Shia Muslims. The bombs are believed to be the work of Sunni extremists.  </p> <p>These are not isolated events. In January, another 90 Shia were killed by a suicide bomber at a snooker hall in Quetta. In Iraq, 2012 ended with 36 Shia killed in a wave of attacks across the country.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/belief/sectarian-sunni-shia-violence-iraq-pakistan-roots" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Belief Syria Iraq Pakistan Wed, 20 Feb 2013 12:54:00 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5761008 at http://www.globalpost.com Covering the next pope's election http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/belief/covering-next-pope-election <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jason Berry prepares to immerse himself in an unprecedented, media-saturated selection process. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jason Berry </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The global media have never had a conclave without a papal burial and the solemn majesty of bidding farewell to one pontiff before the election of another.</p> <p>I am packing my bags and arrive in Rome next week, but already it's clear what is happening.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/belief/covering-next-pope-election" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Belief GroundTruth Sun, 24 Feb 2013 02:15:00 +0000 Jason Berry 5764612 at http://www.globalpost.com