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October 29, 2005 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
As a college student in Mexico, Marta Khadija Ramirez was so influenced by Marxist and existentialist writers that she stopped believing in God. That changed during a semester at a British school, where she was a visiting student and three Muslim classmates introduced her to Islam. She decided to convert. But imagine the difficulty of a Latina steeped in Roman Catholic tradition trying to explain Islam to her family in 1983. And imagine that one of her sisters is a Catholic nun.
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February 8, 2011 | Mark Magnier
He's a "living Buddha" with movie-star good looks and an iPod, a 25-year-old who rubs shoulders with Richard Gere and Tom Cruise and is mentioned as a successor to the Dalai Lama. Now allegations that he's a Chinese spy, and a money launderer to boot, have laid bare divisions in the outwardly serene world of Tibetan Buddhism and longtime tensions between China and India. There's a lot at stake. The Karmapa is among Tibetan Buddhism's most revered figures and heads the religion's wealthiest sect, with property estimated at $1.2 billion worldwide.
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July 25, 1999 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
He is arguably the nation's most influential African American televangelist, but for many years, says Pastor Frederick K.C. Price of Crenshaw Christian Center, a lot of blacks "thought I was white." Price, whose Vermont Avenue church is the nation's biggest religious sanctuary, with more than 10,000 seats, eschews the traditional black church's "emotionalism." He prefers opera to gospel music.
WORLD
January 29, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Israel's chief rabbinate severed ties with the Vatican to protest a papal decision to reinstate a bishop who publicly denied that 6 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust. Chief rabbis of both the Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews were parties to the letter. The rabbinate and the state of Israel have separate ties with the Vatican, and the move does not affect state relations. Pope Benedict XVI said he felt "full and indisputable solidarity" with Jews and warned against any denial of the full horror of the genocide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2006 | Robert Salladay, Times Staff Writer
Muslim leaders on Tuesday called Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger disrespectful and insulting for ignoring their request to meet about the war in Lebanon so he could explain his appearance at a rally supporting Israel that was attended by thousands. Schwarzenegger and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke at the July 23 event in front of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles building on Wilshire Boulevard. On Aug.
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November 16, 2001 | ALISSA J. RUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a nondescript neighborhood of two-story houses outside Sarajevo, Sead Kalabic runs one of this country's growing number of madrasas--religious schools for young Muslims. Kalabic is a native of central Bosnia, where his family farmed for generations. His tone is soft and most of his words are gentle. But scattered here and there, like signposts in fog, are signals that his world view is very different from that of most Westerners.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2008 | Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Olivarez-Giles is a Times staff writer.
Before the year is up, nearly 45 million people will get more than a sermon at their churches -- they'll get a brochure titled "Why We Should Be Concerned About Christian Zionism." The brochure says Christian Zionism "fosters fear and hatred of Muslims and non-Western Christians" and "can lead to the dehumanization of Israelis and Palestinians." Its distribution reflects the concerns of Christians who are trying to combat what they call the growing influence of Christian Zionism in the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2004 | Teresa Watanabe, Times Staff Writer
The Three Wise Men who came to worship the Christ child hailed from India and named him Isa, or "Lord," in Sanskrit -- a name that became Jesus in the Bible. The star they followed to find the infant Jesus was not a physical celestial body. It was the omniscient "wisdom star of infinite perception" in the spiritual eye, located between the eyebrows, which the wise men accessed through deep meditation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1987
Last week Jewish leaders, nationally and locally, agreed to meet with Pope John Paul II in Miami and here in Los Angeles. While the decision was carried by clear majorities, it was also marked by a distinct air of sadness and, in some quarters, cynicism. "How can we justify meeting with the man who honored (Austria President) Kurt Waldheim at the Vatican on June 25, and who failed to speak one word at the meeting about the Nazi extermination of 6 million Jews and thousands of innocent others?"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1999 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
In biting remarks certain to escalate tensions between the Roman Catholic Church and Jewish leaders, the head of Los Angeles' Simon Wiesenthal Center denounced moves by Catholic leaders toward making Pope Pius XII a saint. Pius XII, whose papacy overlapped World War II, "sat on the throne of St. Peter in stony silence, without ever lifting a finger, as each day thousands of Jews from all over Europe were sent to the gas chambers, with his full knowledge," Rabbi Marvin J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2008 | Steve Padilla
When religion made news in California this year -- and it did frequently -- much of that news involved conflict. Religious leaders of various faiths squared off on Proposition 8, the successful statewide initiative to ban gay marriage. Rifts also continued in the Episcopal Church, largely prompted by differing views on the role of gays and lesbians in church life. But 2008 was also a time for new beginnings and of faiths coming together. As the year comes to a close, let's review a few of them.
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December 15, 2008 | Duke Helfand, Helfand is a Times staff writer.
Since its founding more than two centuries ago, the Episcopal Church has often struggled to keep disparate factions unified under its diverse umbrella. Repeated controversies -- over slavery, the ordination of women and even the role of children in church life -- have threatened to tear at its religious fabric.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2008 | Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Olivarez-Giles is a Times staff writer.
Before the year is up, nearly 45 million people will get more than a sermon at their churches -- they'll get a brochure titled "Why We Should Be Concerned About Christian Zionism." The brochure says Christian Zionism "fosters fear and hatred of Muslims and non-Western Christians" and "can lead to the dehumanization of Israelis and Palestinians." Its distribution reflects the concerns of Christians who are trying to combat what they call the growing influence of Christian Zionism in the U.S.
NATIONAL
October 5, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Clergy and lay members of the theologically conservative Pittsburgh diocese voted overwhelmingly Saturday to break from the liberal Episcopal Church, with which it differs on issues ranging from homosexuality to biblical teachings on salvation. Assistant Bishop Henry Scriven said the vote meant the Pittsburgh diocese is now more firmly aligned with the majority of the 77 million-member worldwide Anglican Communion, which is more conservative. "I am delighted that what we have done today is bringing the Diocese of Pittsburgh back into the mainstream of worldwide Anglicanism," Scriven said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2008 | Duke Helfand, Times Staff Writer
As a young boy in Poland before World War II, Karol Jozef Wojtyla possessed an uncommon warmth for an often reviled group of outsiders -- Jews. Like most others in his hometown, Wojtyla was Catholic. But he counted Jewish children among his friends -- attending school with them, even playing goalie on their soccer team. Wojtyla was speechless when one of them, a fellow actor in drama club, informed him that she was leaving to escape looming anti-Semitism.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A performer with the famed American Alvin Ailey dance troupe on Tuesday said he was twice forced to perform steps for Israeli airport security officers to prove his identity before he was permitted to enter the country. Abdur-Rahim Jackson, an eight-year veteran of the African American dance ensemble, said he was singled out by Israel's renowned airport security because he has a Muslim name. He called the experience embarrassing and said at one point, one of the officers even suggested he change his name.
WORLD
September 20, 2006 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
At churches in Baghdad, parishioners hung signs to say they disagreed with the pope. In Egypt, priests of the Orthodox Coptic Church denounced Pope Benedict XVI's remarks about Islam and said they wished he had considered the reaction before speaking. In Lebanon, where bloody demonstrations erupted early this year over a Danish newspaper's caricatures of the prophet Muhammad, a Christian-Muslim dialogue committee asked imams to keep their Friday sermons calm.
NEWS
June 25, 2001 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
In a defiant gesture rooted in the battle over homosexuality, two Third World Anglican archbishops on Sunday consecrated four conservative American priests as bishops. The elevation of the four priests on U.S. soil by foreign archbishops sent shock waves through the worldwide Anglican Communion and its U.S. member, the Episcopal Church. It was decried by the Archbishop of Canterbury as trespassing and brought the 2.3-million-member Episcopal denomination closer to formal schism.
WORLD
September 4, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The Irish Republican Army is fading away in Northern Ireland and poses no security threat to the British territory, international experts concluded Wednesday in another landmark for peacemaking. The governments of Britain and Ireland heralded the report of the Independent Monitoring Commission as the effective obituary of the IRA. Both appealed to local British Protestant leaders to accept the experts' verdict and deepen, not weaken, their cooperation with Irish Catholics in a partnership government.
NATIONAL
April 7, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Mormons who have strayed from their faith were invited to return to the fold by the church's new president. "Come back," Thomas S. Monson said in Salt Lake City as part of his first address since taking over the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in February. Members will welcome "the less active, the offended, the critical, the transgressor" into fellowship, he said.
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