Fire-walking ritual in northern Greece lives on

A fire-walking custom called Anastenaria practiced in northern Greece to celebrate Saint Constantine and Saint Helen lives on, mixing Christian and pagan tradition.

Weber proud of Europe’s Christian values

A leading conservative candidate in the European Parliament elections that Europe should be proud of its Christian values. Speaking during a visit to Sofia, at a rally, Manfred Weber said: “It gives us also orientation for the future. We believe in these values.”

Faith wars? How religious terror has become world’s new reality

The Easter Sunday massacre of Christian worshippers in Sri Lanka has been called a ‘retaliation’ for the New Zealand atrocity.

With terrorism and retaliation hitting communities, RT’s senior correspondent Murad Gazdiev looks into the escalating trend of religious violence.

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Decades of violent civil war in Sri Lanka – brief overview

Sri Lanka was dominated for decades by the sharp divide between the majority Sinhalese, who are overwhelmingly Buddhist, and the minority Tamil, who are Hindu, Muslim and Christian.

The Tamil minority formed into a group called the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and dedicated to the fight for Tamil independence. They were crushed in a 2009 government offensive.

After the civil war ended, a religious divide quickly took hold, with hard-line Buddhist monks rallying Sri Lankans against what they argue is a pernicious threat: Muslims, who make up roughly 10% of the country’s population.

In 2018, anti-Muslim violence flared across the hills of central Sri Lanka, fed by rumors spread over social media about attacks on Buddhists. Mobs of Buddhists swept through small towns, attacking mosques and Muslim-owned shops.

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Sri Lanka blasts: Injured victims arrive to Colombo hospitals

A series of deadly bombings in Sri Lanka became one of the worst acts of violence the country has seen in over a decade. The last time such high profile attacks happened were during a protracted civil war with separatist militias.

On Easter Sunday, a series of apparently coordinated bombings happened at several Christian churches and luxury hotels in the South Asian nation. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombings. With the death toll standing at over 150 and rising, and reports of more explosions coming in, Sri Lanka is experiencing one of the worst acts of organized violence in its history. And this is a strong statement, considering how much bloodshed that history has had.

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Six bombing targets: Christian churches & luxury hotels hit by deadly Sri Lankan blasts, 120+ killed

The number of dead rises to 129, according to state media, as a result of a series of explosions in Sri Lanka. Hundreds more have been injured, reports say. Many of the victims were from the Christian minority celebrating Easter. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9sq1

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Darwin v Christians: Play about English naturalist dropped after parents complain

The English school has found itself in the spotlight after it decided to drop a play about Charles Darwin following complaints from Christian parents.

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Russian Buddhists celebrate new lunar year in Siberia

Braving freezing temperatures of around minus 40 degrees, Russian Buddhists kick off Lunar New Year celebration with prayers and wishes in the Siberian region of Buryatia near the Mongolian border. While the majority of Russia’s population identifies as Orthodox Christian, there are some 900,000 Buddhists living in the border region, as well as further west in the region of Kalmykia on the Caspian Sea. Buddhists, like other religious groups, suffered persecution from the Soviet authorities, but the post-Soviet years have seen a revival, with teachers of Tibetan Buddhism from other countries playing a major role.

Pakistan top court to rule on call for appeal against Asia Bibi

The fate of a Christian woman enmeshed in a years-long blasphemy row could finally be decided, when Pakistan’s Supreme Court will decide whether to allow an appeal against its decision to acquit Asia Bibi. IMAGES outside Supreme Court

Panama: Using VR to spread the gospel

Visitors to a theme park in Panama City enter a world of virtual reality where they can learn about the bible and Christian stories, a week before Pope Francis is expected to visit the country.